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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 can an RN attend a career fair without it looking like he or she is trying to find another job?
Date: Jul 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Nurses often say to me, "'Donna, I'm nervous about attending a career fair because I'm afr..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nervous About Attending Career Fair, If you've ever read my Dear Donna columns or articles or attended one of my seminars, you've likely heard me tout the benefits of attendin... read more

What steps should a final year nursing student take toward pursuing a career in hospital administration?
Date: Jul 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a final year nursing student. I would like to pursue a career in hospital..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Has Sights Set on Administration, That is a noble goal. There is a great need for more nurses to move into high level administrative positions. Who better to run a hospital or... read more

Should an RN with 30 years experience look outside of nursing if he/she is worn out from working in hospital settings?
Date: Jul 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I have been a nurse for more than 30 years and worked in various specialties including mot..
Dear Donna replies- Dear At a Loss, More than 30 years of intense caregiving in a hospital setting would wear anyone out. Because we are living and working longer these days, changing things up is a g... read more

I have a group interview coming up, would you recommend I bring a copy of my resume for each person?
Date: Jul 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a group interview coming up, would you recommend I bring a copy of my r..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Gearing up for an Interview, Yes, you should have extra copies of your resume with you in case you are asked. Carry them in a portfolio or brief case if necessary. While there... read more

Can you tell me how to find out if I am allowed to give massages under my RN license or if I need to get additional certification?
Date: Jul 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Can you tell me how to find out if I am allowed to give massages under my RN l..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Do Massage, Part of the reason you may be getting differing advice is because it depends on how and where you want to do massage. Nurses are certainly able to give ba... read more

Is it unprofessional to accept another position if you've already accepted one job offer but really prefer the second job?
Date: Jul 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What would you do if you accepted a job because you were happy to get a job of..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Caught in the Middle, How wonderful to have two job offers. The good news is because you have not yet started at the first employer (and presumably haven't signed any employme... read more

How can a new nurse educator who has practiced in psychiatry gain hands on med/surg skills without taking a med/surg job?
Date: Jul 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated in December 2013 with a master's degree in nursing education and s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Teach, You have a few options. I would recommend you check with more than one refresher course in your area. You should be able to obtain a list of all accredited ref... read more

What are the legal ramifications for an NP hired as an NP, but who is to function as an RN due to an RN shortage?
Date: Jul 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was hired as a palliative care NP. Due to RN shortages in the visiting nurse..
Dear Donna replies- Dear NP Asked To Work As RN, It is challenging to respond to your question without knowing all the details but what you present is troubling for several reasons. If you were just r... read more

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