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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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Is there any hope of an RN with 2 years of experience getting another job as a nurse after working in other areas of healthcare for 10 years?
Date: Aug 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have two years of experience in nursing, but I have not worked as a nurse fo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Like A Lost Cause, You're not a lost cause in any way, shape, or form. But you may be out of touch with what's happening in the current job market for nurses. I find it ... read more

How can an experienced nurse find a job with more flexibility, perhaps even working from home?
Date: Aug 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been working in the OR for 34 years but would like to find a job in the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Flexibility There are lots of things you can do from home. Some examples would be doing case management, disease management and telephone advice line or triage for an in... read more

How can an RN determine if his job is considered a contractor or employee position if the person hiring him is not sure?
Date: Aug 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was offered a family nurse practitioner position after my graduation. I don'..
Dear Donna replies- Dear 1099 Versus W2, Whether you work as an employee or contractor, depends on several things. Here's an explanation from the Small Business Administration about the difference bet... read more

What do you think of workers compensation as a career? Also, what about writing and public speaking as a career for a nurse?
Date: Aug 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What do you think of workers compensation as a career? How does it contribute ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Workers Comp, Workers compensation work is generally considered a sub-specialty of case management. It contributes to healthcare and positively impacts cost an... read more

Is there any job that will hire a new nurse for 3 to 9 months a year so she gains experience but allows her to continue to pursue other interests?
Date: Aug 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in nursing. I passed the boards..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Soccer Nurse, With the type of schedule you describe, you have a few options. You could, when you're not playing soccer, work for a nursing agency and do per diem, part-time o... read more

Do you have any suggestions about how I can find a mentor and get help with my resume and job search?
Date: Aug 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am writing to you because I have been an RN since 2010 and I have had a diff..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Mentoring, I'm assuming you're not satisfied with the clinic work and that's why you're looking for other work. If you're trying to find a hospital job, know those are h... read more

Can an RN with a BSN, and a dual master's in business and management, obtain a doctorate without getting an MSN first?
Date: Aug 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a RN with a BSN, with dual master's degree in business and management. Thi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants One More Degree, Going directly for a doctoral degree makes sense in your case, it is possible to go directly into a doctoral program in nursing with a BSN. In fact, you... read more

Is the job market for nursing informatics good?
Date: Jul 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for 21 years. I am currently pursuing my MSN, with a conce..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Just Wondering, Advanced practice (NP and others) is a very specific career path and commitment. It is not right for everyone. Many nurses think getting a master's degree auto... read more

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