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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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What can I do if another nurse takes credit for medicating my patients by documenting and initializing reports even though I gave the meds?
Date: Jun 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a school nurse, but I am not certified. I believe if I am giving a patien..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned School Nurse, It is always challenging for me to respond to this type of question without knowing all the particulars. Your note is troubling for many reasons. First... read more

How can a new nurse, with a BSN and four months experience in long-term care, find a full-time job using her clincal skills?
Date: Jun 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I graduated one year ago with my BSN. I am a new nurse at 43 years old. After ap..
Dear Donna replies- I graduated one year ago with my BSN. I am a new nurse at 43 years old. After applying for more than 200 nursing jobs, I got one interview. I took my first job offer, on the skill... read more

Who will hire an RN, who worked 2 years on med/surg unit and 1 year in a pediatrician's office, but without experience for the past 19 years?
Date: Jun 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a BSN who graduated 1992 and worked on med/surg floor for two years and i..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Scared About Experience, A great way to transition back into the nursing workforce is to seek a volunteer position as a nurse. This helps you to gain recent relevant experienc... read more

How can an unemployed RN with a BSN move into home care, ambulatory care or any new area of nursing?
Date: Jun 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am unemployed RN with a BSN and four years of experience in long-term care. ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, I'm a bit confused because you say you have four years of long-term care experience yet you sign your post new nurse. I don't know if you worked in LTC in some othe... read more

Is it worthwhile for an RN with a BSN, who hasn't worked in 20 years, to take a refresher course? How can one find suitable volunteer RN work?
Date: Jun 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with a BSN. I have not worked as an RN for 20 years, but still have..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Be Involved In Nursing Again, Whether or not you take a refresher course has nothing to do with your age. It would help you to get current with practice models and st... read more

How can a nurse find out more about Accountable Care Organizations and network with people who participate in them?
Date: Jun 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have my MSN and am working in clinical program development. I have experienc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work for an ACO, Your background and career objective is certainly right in the mainstream of healthcare delivery. Many nurses who work for Accountable Care Organizat... read more

What do you think about an RN asking for an assessment of equity evaluation at the next performance review?
Date: Jun 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What advice do you have about asking for an assessment of equity evaluation on..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants Pay Equity, For this question I consulted human resource specialist Fred DiCostanzo, RN, MA. Here's what he had to say: "As part of creating an effective compensation sy... read more

Is it customary for a nurse leaving one hospital job for another to give three months' notice?
Date: Jun 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, If a nurse is leaving one hospital to work at another hospital, is it customar..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wonders About Giving Notice, Every employer has its own policy on how much notice is required. Find the policy for your facility and follow it. If you don't know where to find... read more

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