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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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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

How can a nursing student find out what the various opportunities in nursing are so he or she can choose the right path?
Date: Feb 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a nursing student. While I'm sure that I'm on the right track, I'm not su..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nursing Student Exploring Options, You are right when you say there are many options in nursing. In fact, it is the most diverse profession on the planet. You are wise to expl... read more

What can a new graduate do to setup and update his or her resume to make it more attractive to employers?
Date: Feb 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a recent new graduate and I'm trying to figure out how to setup and update..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants a More Attractive Resume, Although you may hear varying opinions about whether or not your clinical rotations should be on your new nurse resume, it is a good idea for s... read more

What can I do to find a new job even though I have been censured by the board of nursing and have not worked as an RN for a while?
Date: Feb 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My last nursing position was as a medical supervisor for a county jail. I am a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, You and your family certainly have had your challenges. I am confident that you can get your career, and hopefully your life, back on track. The job market for nurs... read more

Could my age be keeping me from getting a new job and why has my old hospital not rehired me even though I was well regarded before an illness?
Date: Feb 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have worked in a major local hospital for 17 years, with my 12 most recent y..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Healthy Again But Unemployed, Glad to hear you're back on your feet. I suspect your age has very little to do with your marketability/job finding challenges and more with the ... read more

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