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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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 a new nurse do to make a good impression on her first job?
Date: Mar 5, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse. I was fortunate to land a job in a teaching hospital on a me..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Off To A Good Start, There are many things you can do both at your place of employment and in the larger context of your career. Read "New grads: you can do it!" ... read more

How can I find a new job with only a couple years of experience and none in acute care? I am unhappy at my current job.
Date: Mar 4, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been a nurse since 2012, working first in a clinic then a rehab hospital ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Unhappy and Worried, It sounds like you're not in an ideal job setting. It happens sometimes. Clearly it's time for you to make a move. Read "Knowing when it's time to move on... read more

Should I get certified in a specialty or wait to see if any new master's degree programs are developed before getting an MSN?
Date: Mar 3, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am considering going for my MSN. I always thought nursing had many avenues t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants More MSN Options, I'm not sure where or how you're looking for programs but you have many more MSN options than you seem to realize. Advanced practice tracks are only on... read more

Should a new nurse include her GPA on her resume?
Date: Mar 2, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Should I include my GPA on my resume? I've heard different opinions. Wondering..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About GPA, I presume you are asking about including your nursing school grade point average on your resume. While this is advice sometimes given to student nurses an... read more

How should a nurse who wants to ultimately work in informatics area weigh two job offers? One is in med-surg; one in EMAR.
Date: Feb 27, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am stuck between two job offers, with the main goal being what is best for a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Torn Between Two Job Offers, Ultimately, this is a decision only you can make. Here are some things to think about: 1. You don't necessarily need acute med-surg experience to ... read more

Should I get an MSN in leadership versus MSN FNP in case I eventually move out of the clinical setting?
Date: Feb 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a 26 year old with more than one year experience as an RN. I completed my..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Become an FNP, Go for the MSN/family nurse practitioner degree. There is no need to take a detour or do it in the stages you describe. Even if you eventually leave th... read more

When should a student nurse who is graduating in 10 months start to look for a job?
Date: Feb 25, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse who will be graduating in December 2015. When should I st..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Student Looking For A Job, It's never too soon to begin making contacts, building your network and planting seeds. Now is the perfect time to start all of that which will faci... read more

How can I get a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old? I am an experienced ADN who is in school for bachelor's in HIM?
Date: Feb 24, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I get into a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Manage Healthcare Information, By HIM I presume you mean Health Information Management, a very popular specialty and growing field. You have a great background and cr... read more

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