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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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 can I do to help make changes to better the morale where I work?
Date: Mar 12, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I really like where I'm working, but I can see some of the nurses seem stresse..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Boost Department Morale, It's great you recognize what's happening and want to be proactive to improve things rather than simply complaining about it or ignoring and ... read more

How should a nurse who wants to work her way to more responsibility act on the first day of a new job and beyond?
Date: Mar 11, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna I am writing to learn how to improve my career. I'm Spanish and one year ago I ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Improve, It's wonderful that you are challenging yourself in every way. That's the way to keep growing and learning. You already have great experience and your new po... read more

Do you do individual career coaching or can you recommend someone who does career coaching for nurses?
Date: Mar 10, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am looking for a career coach who will help me decide what area of nursing i..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Getting Ready to Relocate, Relocation is indeed a perfect time to make a change. To get you started, read "How to find your forte" ( The article ... read more

Would I be stupid to stay in my first nursing job, working in an ambulatory care setting for people with dementia and Alzheimer's?
Date: Mar 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new ADN graduate nurse in the process of completing my BSN.It seems imp..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs a Job, The advice that new nurses must start in the hospital, particularly in med-surg, was never right for all nurses. It is even less relevant today as jobs shift out ... read more

What are the opportunities for an RN doing independent massage therapy?
Date: Mar 6, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I find out more about doing independent massage therapy as a nurse? Wh..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Massage Therapy, Therapeutic massage is a growing specialty area for nurses. I recommend you connect with The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (w... read more

What can a new nurse do to make a good impression on her first job?
Date: Mar 5, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse. I was fortunate to land a job in a teaching hospital on a me..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Off To A Good Start, There are many things you can do both at your place of employment and in the larger context of your career. Read "New grads: you can do it!" ... read more

How can I find a new job with only a couple years of experience and none in acute care? I am unhappy at my current job.
Date: Mar 4, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been a nurse since 2012, working first in a clinic then a rehab hospital ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Unhappy and Worried, It sounds like you're not in an ideal job setting. It happens sometimes. Clearly it's time for you to make a move. Read "Knowing when it's time to move on... read more

Should I get certified in a specialty or wait to see if any new master's degree programs are developed before getting an MSN?
Date: Mar 3, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am considering going for my MSN. I always thought nursing had many avenues t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants More MSN Options, I'm not sure where or how you're looking for programs but you have many more MSN options than you seem to realize. Advanced practice tracks are only on... read more

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*Due to the sheer volume of questions received, Donna Cardillo cannot answer every question or respond privately to any questions. All questions answered will appear on, and some may be printed in Gannett Healthcare Group publications. Last names and e-mail addresses will be omitted.
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