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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 should a nursing supervisor of an assisted living facility respond to a medical emergency at an independent housing facility?
Date: Oct 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna: Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities also have independent housin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Staff Nurse vs. Bystander, The answer to this question is one you need to know if in fact you are a nurse working in that setting. And the answer depends on your state law and... read more

How should nurses handle requests for medical advice when using social media or chatting online in a private group?
Date: Oct 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna: I am a member of many nurse groups online and on Facebook. Many nurses ask opi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Reluctant to Offer Opinions, I would say that it very much depends on the group and several other factors. For example, I write a public column here at Periodically... read more

What should a nurse in the Philippines do if she already has a Master of Arts in nursing and wants to pursue a doctorate in the U.S.?
Date: Oct 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, The importance of education is something I have valued and understood since ch..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Passionate About Education, You certainly have a well-thought out plan for your future education and career. Before enrolling in a MSN program in the U.S., contact the interna... read more

How do I account for these years I have been out of work? How do I explain my situation?
Date: Oct 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN, with a BSN for 23 years. I have worked in a variety of sett..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs to Get Back in the Nursing World! You don't mention what type of facilities you are applying to, but if it is primarily hospitals, that job market has changed. Most hosp... read more

Should an RN working as a utilization management nurse feel undervalued because she cannot find work in a hospital?
Date: Oct 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have 10 years med/surg/oncology experience and haven't worked as an RN in 10..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feeling Undervalued, I hear your frustration, but I am glad you at least found a nursing job. And while a BSN has become standard for hiring in many hospitals, it is not as mu... read more

Are there specific certifications for nurses in coaching?
Date: Oct 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I read an article in the about current trends in nursing. I am very interested i..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Nurse Coaching, You're probably referring to a recent article, "Nursing - A new paradigm," where I outline the direction that healthcare and nursing (www.nurse.c... read more

I have been on six interviews, but have not been hired. What do you recommend?
Date: Oct 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm an associate degree-prepared RN with 25 years of experience. I have spent ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Unable to get a job, The fact that you're getting interviews is great. But if you're not getting any offers, then it's a good idea to step back and evaluate how you're present... read more

I am awaiting my APRN license and revising my resume. Is there a site where I can view templates or examples of new graduate NP resumes and cover letters?
Date: Oct 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After a yearlong journey of locating a preceptor in Houston in order to comple..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New NP, Regarding your first question above, that statement sounds like something one might use as an objective on a resume. I don't recommend using an objective on a resume a... read more

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