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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 it better to apply to more recently posted jobs than those that are nine or 10 days old?
Date: Nov 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Should I stick mostly to jobs posted one or two days ago or is my chance of la..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering if Job Postings Get Stale, Every employer has a different procedure for processing online applications. Some will accumulate applications over time and then review o... read more

Should an RN without recent experience, who cannot take an RN refresher course due to its distant location, take a CNA course instead?
Date: Nov 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have kept my RN license current, but have not practiced for many years. Sinc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Stay at Home Mom, You don't mention how long you've been out of the workforce. But the most important thing for you to know is the nursing job market, along with the entire he... read more

Can you provide tips to help a nurse who has been out of the workforce for 20 years find a part-time nursing job?
Date: Nov 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been out of nursing for 20 years raising children and taking care of a ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Return to Nursing, I would suggest you contact some nursing or healthcare employment agencies that do nontraditional placement (some only do hospital bedside nursing)... read more

Do you have any suggestions or resources for a nurse who wants to get better at public speaking?
Date: Nov 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been asked to do a presentation at work for my coworkers. I am more tha..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Better at Public Speaking, Although most people are reluctant pubic speakers, once you learn some solid technique and tips from the pros and get a little experien... read more

What recourse does an RN have to fight wrongful termination, and how can she find a new job?
Date: Nov 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was recently terminated for documentation issues. Prior to my termination, I..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Lost, Because one attorney does not think the case is right for him doesn't mean there is no case or that you have no further rights in this situation. There seems to be... read more

What job would have the most longevity: chargemaster or utilization management?
Date: Nov 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I'm a BSN-prepared nurse who is soon to graduate with an MSN. I love my current position, ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Chargemaster, There is no way to predict with any certainty whether your current position will become obsolete. Even if it did, though, your experience with reimbursement, med... read more

Is there a way to prepare for the pediatric and maternity entrance exams that seem to be required to get into an LPN-RN/BSN bridge program?
Date: Nov 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an LPN for 12 years. I am 50 years old, and would like to know if ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Eager to Advance in Massachusetts, Most applicants for LPN to RN bridge programs are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills, which tests basic knowledge of mat... read more

Can you recommend any sources to read about using language to help manage conflict?
Date: Nov 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I listened to your webinar, "Transform Your Practice Through the Power of Word..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Language Tools, How wonderful you have an interest in further educating yourself and your coworkers to find and use the power of words to resolve conflict. I rec... read more

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