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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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Why do applications ask for a reason for leaving? Will it look bad if I refuse to answer the question "May we contact your past employer?"
Date: Mar 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Why do applications ask for a reason for leaving if your past employer cannot ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Filling Out Applications, When a prospective employer asks about why you left your last job, they are looking for information: Did you resign? Were you laid off? Were you fire... read more

Is a graduate degree in informatics necessary in order to enter this field?
Date: Mar 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I'm an RN and have attended your seminar, "Career alternatives for nurses" in th..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Intrigued By Technology, Nursing informatics sounds like the perfect combination of your nursing background with your software/technology background. The good news is that you... read more

I wonder if mental health NPs are not very much in demand as I've noticed there are few MSN programs with this focus?
Date: Mar 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a recent graduate of an accelerated BSN program and just landed my first ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Fascinated By Mental Health, Because psych is a smaller specialty overall (as opposed to acute care or family health), there are fewer programs. There is a high demand for psy... read more

How should a travel nurse list his/her travel nursing experience? Every assignment? Per agency?
Date: Mar 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a travel nurse for nearly three years and am looking to settle in ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Travel Nurse, It is absolutely not necessary, nor advisable, to list all of your assignments or even the agencies you worked for, if more than one. I recommend listing it this... read more

I have to go back to school for my BSN, even though I have another bachelor's degree. I find it all very frustrating.
Date: Mar 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am one year out of school and already feeling the burnout and wondering what..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated, Your first year or two in nursing is always tough, especially if you're in a situation where you are not well supported. If you haven't already, please join and ge... read more

Do I have any recourse if I've been discharged for following a doctor's direct order?
Date: Mar 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What if you get discharged for following a doctor's direct order? Discharged f..
Dear Donna replies- Discharged for Following a Doctor's Order, If you believe you have been wrongly terminated, you should advocate for yourself. Your license, your livelihood and your reputation coul... read more

Can you tell me if employers frown upon general MSN degrees if obtained from an online college?
Date: Feb 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I want to go back to school for my MSN. Can you tell me if employers frown upo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wonders About Online Schools, Online education has become very popular and widely accepted, as long as the school is properly accredited. For nursing degrees, the programs sho... read more

Can a seasoned hospice RN move into ICD coding? What can this RN do to help land a case management job other than applying for those jobs?
Date: Feb 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a hospice RN for nearly 20 years. My unit closed November 2013 and..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About ICD Coding, Sometimes the universe facilitates a change of direction in our lives, whether we are ready for it or not. The best thing to do is to start explori... read more

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