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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 to achieve my goal of getting back into OR nursing after being away from it?
Date: Feb 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I have worked almost 40 years as an RN. I loved OR, scrub and circulating nursing and work..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Loves OR Nursing, Don't take it personally. The job market for nurses has completely changed in the last five years. As care shifts out of the hospital into alternate inpatien... read more

What type of training do agency nurses receive to account for their ability to perform tasks much more quickly than other nurses?
Date: Feb 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I find agency nurses who never worked at a facility always finish their work, ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wonders About Agency Nurses, Agency nurses usually don't get any type of training at all by the agency. They typically are required to be experienced nurses, as well as very a... read more

How can a nurse with a criminal background (4 misdemeanors) find a job if no employer will give them a chance?
Date: Feb 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a newly licensed LPN enrolled in an accelerated RN program. In accordance..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Having Challenges, When you have obstacles to overcome in the job market, you must rely more heavily on person-to-person networking. That means contacting those in your circle... read more

How can an RN with a BSN and more than 6 years of experience find work after not working for 2 years? Can I retain my RN license if I work abroad?
Date: Jan 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with a BSN and more than six years of experience in the U.S. but no..
Dear Donna replies- Dear NJ Nurse, The job market for nurses in the U.S. has completely shifted in the last five years or so. Hospital bedside jobs are diminishing as care moves out of the hospital an... read more

How does an RN, with an MSN, become a certified diabetic educator?
Date: Jan 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I want to become a CDE, how do I get started? I have a MSN. Wants to Become a ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Become a CDE, In order to become a certified diabetic educator, you need to gain a certain number of direct experience hours to qualify to sit for the certification e... read more

How can a new RN, who was fired from their first position due to two medication errors, find another job?
Date: Jan 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have only been licensed for a year and have only had one job as an RN. I was..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Got Fired, What happened is unfortunate. You are not the first nurse to encounter such difficulties, and like many before you, you can move past this and get your career back ... read more

What type of work can a former L/D nurse and school RN do given some physical limitations and some bad work experiences?
Date: Jan 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I question whether I should continue working as an RN. I was a very strong lab..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feeling Stuck, It sounds like you've hit a rough patch. It happens to all of us, but remember, you are never forever stuck. It might be good for you to shift to a non-patient ... read more

I need advice about being let go from an LTC facility after expressing concern about not enough training to care for 40 patients on my own.
Date: Jan 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I got a job at a long-term-care facility. I had been there three months when t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Wrongly Fired, It sounds like an unfortunate situation no matter what happened. Since you feel you were wrongly fired, you can contact the employer's human resources dep... read more

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