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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 there any job that will hire a new nurse for 3 to 9 months a year so she gains experience but allows her to continue to pursue other interests?
Date: Aug 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in nursing. I passed the boards..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Soccer Nurse, With the type of schedule you describe, you have a few options. You could, when you're not playing soccer, work for a nursing agency and do per diem, part-time o... read more

Do you have any suggestions about how I can find a mentor and get help with my resume and job search?
Date: Aug 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am writing to you because I have been an RN since 2010 and I have had a diff..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Mentoring, I'm assuming you're not satisfied with the clinic work and that's why you're looking for other work. If you're trying to find a hospital job, know those are h... read more

Can an RN with a BSN, and a dual master's in business and management, obtain a doctorate without getting an MSN first?
Date: Aug 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a RN with a BSN, with dual master's degree in business and management. Thi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants One More Degree, Going directly for a doctoral degree makes sense in your case, it is possible to go directly into a doctoral program in nursing with a BSN. In fact, you... read more

Is the job market for nursing informatics good?
Date: Jul 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for 21 years. I am currently pursuing my MSN, with a conce..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Just Wondering, Advanced practice (NP and others) is a very specific career path and commitment. It is not right for everyone. Many nurses think getting a master's degree auto... read more

How does an RN whose license was revoked for 4 years find a job as a nurse?
Date: Jul 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My license was revoked by default because I failed to update my address with t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear License Revoked, It is challenging for me to respond to your question without knowing all the details. A four-year revocation, if that is what you are inferring, for a simple ... read more

What is the liability to RNs required to work outside the obstetrics, L&D and nursing specialties areas where they typically work?
Date: Jul 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Our hospital is floating our obstetrics, labor and delivery and nursery nurses..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Does Not Want to Float, Floating, in general, is a common practice in hospitals and there are situations and employers where specialized nurses are asked to float to other are... read more

How does an RN with extensive hospital and ambulatory care experience find his/her next position?
Date: Jul 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How do I become more marketable? I have 25 years of experience in ED and 11 ye..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Become More Marketable, The hospital job market as well as the entire healthcare delivery system is evolving and shifting so don't take it personally. What worked for... read more

In order to work in an urgent care center should I have ED experience?
Date: Jul 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, In order to work in an urgent care center must I have emergency room experienc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Experience, While every employer is different in terms of what it requires or prefers, emergency room experience is not an automatic prerequisite to work in ur... read more

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