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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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One year ago my three-year probation was lifted but I still cannot find a job. Do you have any advice?
Date: Sep 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My license was put on probation for three years for unprofessional conduct. Wh..
Dear Donna replies- Dear was on probation, I am a little confused about the details of your current and past situation and the time line. You say you worked the entire time you were on unrestricted pr... read more

Is the use of medication aides taking jobs away from nurses?
Date: Sep 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I noticed in an assisted living facility while the RN is doing things like colostomy care ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Assisted Living Nursing, Many states have long allowed medication aides or techs, with proper training, to distribute oral medications primarily in the long-te... read more

What can a nurse with an ADN degree, who is having a difficult time finding a job, do?
Date: Sep 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a nurse who graduated four years ago with ADN degree. I had a hard time p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Delayed Start, Congratulations on passing NCLEX. In spite of your delayed start, you are experiencing some of the same hurdles as a nurse just out of nursing school. This is b... read more

Is it true that once I graduate, I need 2 years of experience in med/surg?
Date: Sep 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse in her third year of a BSN program, and I don't like med-..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Doesn't Like Med-surg, Take heart. While many well-meaning nurses may pass on age-old advice about working in med-surg for two years right out of school, it is not now, and ne... read more

Should an RN with a BSN, who has not worked as an RN in several years, take a refresher course to get a clinical position?
Date: Sep 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with a BSN, who has been looking for a nursing position for over a ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Ready for a Change, The nursing job market is constantly changing. All nurses need to look in new directions for employment, and they also need to learn and utilize new skills... read more

Am I out of touch in sending handwritten thank you notes to individuals who interview me for a job?
Date: Sep 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, You recently advised someone in your online column to send a typed thank you l..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Out of Touch, While handwritten follow-up notes after an interview were once the norm, in the technology-driven world we live in, typed letters are now considered the norm and... read more

How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else?
Date: Sep 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Not Sure About an MSN, If you don't plan to stay in the hospital or clinical setting and don't intend to teach nurses in a college setting, then an MSN is not necessary. Many ... read more

Will working as a patient care tech while I'm in school count as experience once I graduate?
Date: Sep 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse who will graduate in 2015. I know the job market is tough..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned Student Nurse, When hospital recruiters ask for experience these days, they are usually referring to graduate nurse hospital experience. So while getting experience ... read more

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