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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 a way to prepare for the pediatric and maternity entrance exams that seem to be required to get into an LPN-RN/BSN bridge program?
Date: Nov 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an LPN for 12 years. I am 50 years old, and would like to know if ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Eager to Advance in Massachusetts, Most applicants for LPN to RN bridge programs are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills, which tests basic knowledge of mat... read more

Can you recommend any sources to read about using language to help manage conflict?
Date: Nov 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I listened to your webinar, "Transform Your Practice Through the Power of Word..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Language Tools, How wonderful you have an interest in further educating yourself and your coworkers to find and use the power of words to resolve conflict. I rec... read more

How can a nurse let her supervisor know about all of her job accomplishments without sounding like she's bragging?
Date: Nov 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My employee evaluation is coming up in a few months. I want to be sure my supe..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Gearing Up for an Annual Appraisal, Every nurse can and should make his or her supervisor aware of their practice-related activities, professional goals and even association i... read more

I was recently fired from my job. I don't think it was fair and am wondering what recourse I have other than hiring an attorney?
Date: Nov 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was recently fired from my job. I don't think it was fair, but I don't feel ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Recently Fired, If you believe you were unfairly terminated, you might be able to file a grievance with the human resource department at the facility from which you were termi... read more

Should I include volunteer work on my resume?
Date: Nov 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Should I include volunteer work on my resume? Likes to Volunteer Dear Donna re..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Likes to Volunteer, Certain volunteer work can enhance your resume and should be included under a heading: Volunteer Work. List anything connected to healthcare and care givin... read more

Can you suggest some associations a new nurse should join?
Date: Nov 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I will be graduating from nursing school next month. Can you suggest some associations I s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Join Association, I suggest you start by joining the American Nurses Association (, both the national association and your state chapter. Many st... read more

What advice do you have for a seasoned nurse who experienced her first-ever layoff and doesn't know where to begin searching for a job?
Date: Oct 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After working at an outpatient surgical center for three years, I have been la..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Don't Know Where to Begin, Layoffs are a way of life in today's workplace, even in healthcare. So, while you feel devastated, your situation is not unusual nor is your job irr... read more

How can I better prepare for an upcoming interview for a managerial position in another department in the facility where I work?
Date: Oct 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I need advice for my upcoming interview for a managerial position in a departm..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Leadership, Good for you going after a leadership role. This is a great way to grow personally and professionally, whether you get this particular position or no... read more

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