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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com'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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I was recently fired from my job. I don't think it was fair and am wondering what recourse I have other than hiring an attorney?
Date: Nov 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was recently fired from my job. I don't think it was fair, but I don't feel ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Recently Fired, If you believe you were unfairly terminated, you might be able to file a grievance with the human resource department at the facility from which you were termi... read more

Should I include volunteer work on my resume?
Date: Nov 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Should I include volunteer work on my resume? Likes to Volunteer Dear Donna re..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Likes to Volunteer, Certain volunteer work can enhance your resume and should be included under a heading: Volunteer Work. List anything connected to healthcare and care givin... read more

Can you suggest some associations a new nurse should join?
Date: Nov 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I will be graduating from nursing school next month. Can you suggest some associations I s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Join Association, I suggest you start by joining the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org), both the national association and your state chapter. Many st... read more

What advice do you have for a seasoned nurse who experienced her first-ever layoff and doesn't know where to begin searching for a job?
Date: Oct 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After working at an outpatient surgical center for three years, I have been la..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Don't Know Where to Begin, Layoffs are a way of life in today's workplace, even in healthcare. So, while you feel devastated, your situation is not unusual nor is your job irr... read more

How can I better prepare for an upcoming interview for a managerial position in another department in the facility where I work?
Date: Oct 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I need advice for my upcoming interview for a managerial position in a departm..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Leadership, Good for you going after a leadership role. This is a great way to grow personally and professionally, whether you get this particular position or no... read more

What advice do you have for a new nurse who cannot find a job after applying 'everywhere?'
Date: Oct 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse graduate and am 49 years old. My husband died five years ago,..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs to Support Her Family, It sounds like you have a lot of your plate. Read the article "New nurse, new job strategies" (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies). Heed the advice... read more

Is working in a nursing home a good start for a new graduate RN? How can a new graduate RN find a job?
Date: Oct 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is working in a nursing home a good start for a new graduate RN? Friends who w..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Nursing Home Employment, Every nursing home is very different in terms of staffing, working conditions, orientation and support for new nurses. So I can't tell... read more

What are some non-physical nursing jobs for an RN with back issues?
Date: Oct 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have my BSN and have worked in geriatrics, dialysis and school nursing. I've..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Something Less Physical, You have so many options I barely know where to begin. You might look for home care positions called "intake," where you do not provide any dire... read more

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