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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 are the legal ramifications for an NP hired as an NP, but who is to function as an RN due to an RN shortage?
Date: Jul 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was hired as a palliative care NP. Due to RN shortages in the visiting nurse..
Dear Donna replies- Dear NP Asked To Work As RN, It is challenging to respond to your question without knowing all the details but what you present is troubling for several reasons. If you were just r... read more

How can an experienced LPN get a job if every job posting requires having attended an accredited LPN program, and he has not done so?
Date: Jul 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an LPN with 20 years of experience in many areas of practice from labor a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Corpsman Turned LPN, The times they are a changin' and most employers are setting the bar higher for any nurses they hire. Combine that with the fact there have been a few fly... read more

How can an RN find a refresher course if they're not finding any nursing refresher courses offered at their local colleges?
Date: Jul 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I really need an RN refresher course and want a tip on where to go for one as ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs a Refresher Course, You should be able to obtain a list of all accredited refresher courses in your area through your state board of nursing, which you can locate throug... read more

Does an experienced RN need to find a new career if he/she prefers to work behind the scenes instead of with patients, families and staff?
Date: Jun 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After being a nurse for more than 20 years, I am trying to decide if I should ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Trying to Find Niche, The great thing about nursing is that it offers something for everyone. It is the most diverse profession on the planet. The idea of finding your niche i... read more

Does an RN with an MSN need to go back to school for a BSN? I see many job posts that say 'BSN preferred'.
Date: Jun 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was a diploma nurse who just finished a bridge program for my MSN. I have no..
Dear Donna replies- Dear MSN Nurse, If you have an MSN, that trumps a BSN. So any job that requires a BSN, you are more than qualified with an MSN. When a BSN is required, it implies a 'minimum' of a ... read more

What can an experienced RN working in pediatric home care do to get a position in a hospital with a union?
Date: Jun 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I left my 30-year career in a hospital to work pediatrics home care. I love it..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, "Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear" is an old expression that applies to your description of gaining employment at a hospital. The hospital job... read more

Can a physician with a degree from Colombia get an evaluation of his/her degree to get an RN in the U.S. in order to study in a NP program?
Date: Jun 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a physician who graduated from school in Colombia in 2003. Can I get an ev..
Dear Donna replies- Dear MD Who Wants To Be An NP, The only way one would be eligible to sit for the RN exam in any U.S. state is to have graduated from an accredited RN program. Nursing and medical e... read more

What is your recommendation for an RN refresher course? Does an RN who hasn't worked in a while need to apply for lower-level jobs?
Date: Jun 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What is your recommendation for an RN refresher course? My license is current,..
Dear Donna replies- Dear May Need to Step Back, I wish I knew how long you've been away from nursing and what you did beforehand. I also had to research what all the acronyms in your question might st... read more

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