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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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If terminated from a previous job, should you reveal this information during your interview with a potential employer?
Date: May 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, If terminated from a previous job, should you reveal this information during y..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Interview Help, You should not bring up why you left your last job unless the interviewer asks you outright. If you are asked, it is usually best to be honest about the ... read more

How can an RN with a BSN, who worked for two years in med/surg but has not worked for 22 years, get an new job as a nurse?
Date: May 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a RN with a BSN obtained in 1992. I worked on a respiratory med/surg floo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Returning After 22 Years, You will be able to get hired again but likely will need to look into new places for employment and use new skills to find those jobs. Know the entir... read more

How an RN with a license on probation took Donna's advice to find a job and received multiple job offers.
Date: May 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Back in April 5, 2013, I wrote to you and you answered. I just wanted to let y..
Dear Donna replies- Feeling Inspired Even on Probation Thank you so much for writing and letting me know how things turned out. I am so happy for you. Keep up the great work. I have included a link he... read more

What can I do to convince prospective employers I'm looking for a career position even though my resume shows I've had a number of jobs?
Date: Apr 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been a nurse for several years, I've had trouble finding jobs in the fiel..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Find a Good Job, The job market for all nurses rapidly is changing,. Many nurses who have graduated in the last several years have had trouble finding hospital jobs j... read more

Does an RN, who also is a recovering alcoholic, have to mention this on his/her resume or during an interview?
Date: Apr 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN who has a BSN, and I also am an alcoholic. I am in recovery and hav..
Dear Donna replies- Dear In Recovery, Congratulations on your sobriety. I do not recommend that you bring up that you are in recovery at all. For starters, it is personal information and you don't nee... read more

What can I do to prepare for the Performance Based Development System test? I have not worked as an RN for 3 years.
Date: Apr 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I accepted an advice nurse position after being out of nursing for almost thre..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs to Prepare for PBDS, The Performance Based Development System is more of an assessment tool rather than a test per se. It is used to gauge a nurse's level of critical th... read more

Can you explain why after 26 years of nursing and an excellent track record in the same hospital why I am now required to get a BSN to keep my job?
Date: Apr 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Can you please explain to me why after 26 years of nursing in the same hospita..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disgusted and Disillusioned, Don't take it personally. There is a national movement to have most RNs obtain BSN degrees. Even though it is still not required for entry to prac... read more

What recourse does an RN have who feels he/she is being bullied by a manager after pointing out possible HIPAA violations made by other RNs?
Date: Apr 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I need advice on how to deal with a manager who is trying to fire me. It start..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Bullied, It is always challenging for me to respond to this type of question without knowing all the details and the players. Without knowing all that, and based only on... read more

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