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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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I am thinking of going into business for myself. What would some of the liability issues be?
Date: Nov 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am thinking of going into business for myself. My idea is to help seniors ma..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Go Into Business, What you describe is commonly referred to as a geriatric care manager, and it is a growing business opportunity for nurses. There is even a related ... read more

I am a seasoned RN with 32 years of OR experience and cannot find a job. What do you suggest?
Date: Nov 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I live in beautiful Utah, which apparently is not suffering a nursing shortage..
Dear Donna replies- Dear OR Nurse in Utah, I suspect your challenges have more to do with the evolving health delivery system and shifting job market for nurses than anything else. You don't mention h... read more

Would there be any benefit to telling an SNF employer why you are resigning?
Date: Nov 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Would there be any benefit to telling an SNF employer why you are resigning? I..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned About Care, This is a challenging question to respond to without knowing all the particulars. But here are some things for you to consider: 1. Although you may not b... read more

How can I best prepare to take the RNC low-risk neonatal exam?
Date: Nov 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am interested in sitting for the RNC low-risk neonatal exam. How can I best ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Taking RNC Exam, There are several study guides available at ( I also suggest that you contac... read more

Do you think it is better for a seasoned RN to go for an NP or become a PA?
Date: Nov 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for 18 years. Do you think it is better for me to go for a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear PA vs.NP, Before I address the PA vs. NP route, I would want to know why you are considering either. Some nurses believe if they go back to school for a master's degree, they ... read more

Does offer any free continuing education classes or seminars to help a nurse who has been out of work for almost 2 years?
Date: Nov 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been an RN for 22 years, and have worked in med/surg, ED, ICU, and long-t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Free Courses You have plenty of free options at Two of my webinars that will help you in your job search are available for free: "Interviewing successfu... read more

What are your thoughts on an experienced hospital nurse moving into legal nurse consulting as a next career move?
Date: Nov 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I'm a BSN nurse with 13 years of hospital experience, including CICU, cardiovascular step-..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Entrepreneurship, Legal nurse consulting is certainly one possibility for a viable business. But you should know some of this work is now being outsourced overse... read more

Is it better to apply to more recently posted jobs than those that are nine or 10 days old?
Date: Nov 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Should I stick mostly to jobs posted one or two days ago or is my chance of la..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering if Job Postings Get Stale, Every employer has a different procedure for processing online applications. Some will accumulate applications over time and then review o... read more

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