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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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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

Could you provide some suggestions on how to update my "very outdated" resume to reflect my experience?
Date: Feb 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As an experienced RN of 26 years, with 14 years in Med-Surg/Telemetry/Diabetic..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Outdated and Frustrated, Just like hairstyles and clothes, resumes styles and formats change over the years. If your resume is outdated, people may assume that you are outdate... read more

How can new ADN nurses improve their resumes and market themselves to compete with those who have earned a BSN?
Date: Feb 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new RN graduate with an associate's degree. How can I boost my resume a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Compete With BSN Nurses, Congratulations on your ADN and welcome to the profession. Although the job market is competitive and evolving, there are many things you can... read more

What steps can I take to become a pediatric nurse if I work on a telemetry floor and will have my BSN within a year?
Date: Feb 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a staff RN on a telemetry floor. I have my associate's degree and will have my BSN in..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to be a Pediatric Nurse, Start talking to any pediatric nurses you know or meet. Express your interest in becoming a pediatric nurse when you speak w... read more

Should an experienced RN include nursing school clinical experiences on a resume? Can you provide other tips to help update my resume?
Date: Feb 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse on the same unit more than five years, ever since graduati..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a New Job, Your nursing school experience should no longer be on your resume. Concentrate on the experience gained in your current position. To convey your seniori... read more

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