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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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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Do you have an up-to-date list of nursing refresher courses or can you recommend a refresher course?
Date: Mar 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like to take an RN refresher course in New York or Texas. Do you have ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Take A Refresher Course, If you're taking a refresher course just to get updated, it should be recognized anywhere. If you're taking it as a requirement to get your R... read more

Would an RN working in an office setting be crazy to start looking for something else because she doesn't feel challenged?
Date: Mar 25, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am working in an office setting and have been in this position for seven yea..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Doesn't Feel Challenged, The fact that you are even writing to me and thinking about looking elsewhere is evidence it is time for you to start considering your next move. And ... read more

Is there any chance you will be coming to the Las Vegas area to do your Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar?
Date: Mar 24, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is there any chance you will be coming to the Las Vegas area to do your Career..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Career Alternatives, While I am not offering this seminar in Las Vegas this year, I will be offering it in New Jersey and New York. Nurses travel from all over the... read more

In a medical emergency for a private-duty patient or other patient in a facility, would a private duty RN call for help or get involved in the code?
Date: Mar 23, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I work for a home care agency. Some of my patients reside in an assisted livin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Home Care Nurse, This is very important information for you to know and you will need to address this immediately with your home care agency supervisor. Your agency should hav... read more

How can an RN get experience in politics and lobbying? Are there related jobs available?
Date: Mar 20, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a BSN nurse who is intersted in politics and lobbying. How can I get expe..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Lobbying, Start by joining your state chapter of the American Nurses Assocition ( if you are not already a member and get on the legislative committe... read more

Can you provide examples of how to reply to situational or behavioral interview questions?
Date: Mar 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am terrible at interviews. I always freeze up and my mind goes blank when I ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Terrible at Interviews, Most people are uncomfortable and nervous going on interviews, especially if they've never been trained in the art and science of how to do it well. Wh... read more

Could you provide advice for a BSN nurse pursuing a career in informatics?
Date: Mar 18, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a BS and a BSN and want to go into nursing informatics. I will start a ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get into Nursing Informatics, You've chosen a hot field to pursue, with a growing number of opportunities for nurses. I recommend you join and get active in the Ameri... read more

Does still offer a course in nursing case management?
Date: Mar 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After several years as a school nurse I would like to return to work as a nurs..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Return to Case Management, still does offer a case management seminar and has one coming up in New Jersey on March 26 ( Th... read more

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