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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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What are some non-physical nursing jobs for an RN with back issues?
Date: Oct 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have my BSN and have worked in geriatrics, dialysis and school nursing. I've..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Something Less Physical, You have so many options I barely know where to begin. You might look for home care positions called "intake," where you do not provide any dire... read more

What can a nurse desperate for a job change do if she cannot attend a Career Alternatives for Nurse seminar?
Date: Oct 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Dear Donna: I am not able to attend your Career Alternatives for Nurses semina..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, Career Alternatives for Nurses seminar will be offered again on March 25, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J. ( Be sure to registe... read more

Does a nurse with an extensive job history over 30 years need to list all of the positions on a resume?
Date: Oct 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been in nursing for more than 30 years and have had many different positi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Too Long Resume, For nurses who have been in nursing for some time and had numerous jobs, it is not necessary to list every job on your resume. Prospective employers are not i... read more

What's the difference between a CV and a resume? Does an RN need a CV?
Date: Oct 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Someone I met at a networking event asked me to send them my CV. I thought CVs..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Confused, Curriculum Vitaes and resumes are two different types of documents. However, many people use the terms CV and resume interchangeably. CVs are longer more expanded ve... read more

When an RN application asks for 3 professional references, do all have to be from an RN supervisor?
Date: Oct 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, When an RN application asks for three professional references; do all three ha..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs References, When a prospective employer asks for professional references, unless they specifically ask for a supervisor, you can provide any professional person who can ... read more

What nursing jobs have less paperwork than hospice?
Date: Oct 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As an LVN in hospice, I am overwhelmed with documentation. What other jobs can..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Less Paperwork, There is no need to leave nursing. Fortunately you have many options that do not require the kind of paperwork required by inpatient/homecare/hospi... read more

Do you have any tips for a new nurse who is finding her first hospital job on a med/surg floor overwhelming?
Date: Oct 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse who was fortunate enough to find a hospital job right out of ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed in your first year or so in nursing, especially in a hospital position. Believe it or not, we all went through it. There is un... read more

Is it still appropriate for a nurse to wear a suit to an interview or is that outdated these days?
Date: Oct 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have an interview coming up and need some advice on what to wear. Is it stil..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Know What to Wear, This is an important question because how you present yourself on an interview has a bigger impact on the impression you make and your ultimate job... read more

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