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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist and president of Cardillo & Associates, is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career."

She brings more than 20 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.
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Is there a market for RNs working as health coaches? Is an MSN or certification required to work in this field?
Date: Mar 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'd like to know what you think about nurses becoming health coaches. Is there..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, Health coaching is a hot and growing specialty in nursing. It offers opportunities to be both employed and self-employed. With the health delivery system in the U.S... read more

How can a seasoned RN with malpractice claims management experience find a new job after being laid off? Is work in risk management an option?
Date: Mar 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with med/surg and critical care experience who has worked in the me..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Laid Off, While getting laid off is never easy, you have a great background and I am confident you will be able to find another position. For starters, read "How to handle a l... read more

Would becoming a nurse coder/auditor be a good choice for a former NICU and OR nurse to pursue?
Date: Mar 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have purchased your book, "The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses," and I am d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Considering Coding, If you are not getting any information or contacts from related professional associations by phone or email, then take another approach. Attend local chapt... read more

Is an RN being sexually harassed by a patient who insists on being wiped after toileting even though she is fully capable of doing this for herself?
Date: Mar 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Am I being sexually harassed by a patient who insists I wipe her after toileti..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Harassed, It is always challenging for me to respond to a question like this without knowing all the details such as the patient's age, mental status, medical condition ... read more

How do I know what kind of salary to ask for after being offered a manager's position in the ED where I've worked for many years?
Date: Mar 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been offered a manager's position in an ED where I have worked for many y..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs salary info, Much depends on the size of the department and the facility, budget for the department, geographic location, size of staff, scope of services, patient volum... read more

Should someone who has always wanted to be an RN continue to apply to nursing school even if they've been turned down twice?
Date: Mar 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I recently graduated with an associate's degree in Health Information Administ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to be a nurse, As you have already discovered, entry into nursing programs is very competitive right now. Just because you were turned down twice by one school doesn't m... read more

Who can help an RN in Nigeria get through registration and exam preliminaries in the U.S. so they can study for a BSN in the U.S.?
Date: Mar 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a practicing RN with about three years of experience in Nigeria. I've my d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nigerian nurse, For starters, I suggest you contact the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America ( and The Nigerian Nurses Association of the U.... read more

Is being out of formal nursing 2 years too long to expect to an RN job when I get back to the U.S. from Brazil? I was away caring for aging parents?
Date: Mar 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I went to one of your Career Alternatives for Nurses seminars about two years ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Out of formal nursing, The job market for nurses is changing and shifting constantly. Care, and therefore nursing jobs, are shifting out of the hospital into alternate inpatie... read more

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