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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 do you think about an RN asking for an assessment of equity evaluation at the next performance review?
Date: Jun 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What advice do you have about asking for an assessment of equity evaluation on..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants Pay Equity, For this question I consulted human resource specialist Fred DiCostanzo, RN, MA. Here's what he had to say: "As part of creating an effective compensation sy... read more

Is it customary for a nurse leaving one hospital job for another to give three months' notice?
Date: Jun 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, If a nurse is leaving one hospital to work at another hospital, is it customar..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wonders About Giving Notice, Every employer has its own policy on how much notice is required. Find the policy for your facility and follow it. If you don't know where to find... read more

How can an RN find a part-time, not a per diem job?
Date: May 30, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like to get a part-time (not per diem) job. I am finding it hard to fi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants Part-Time Work, Yes, good part-time work can be tough to find. Your best bet may be to work through a nursing/healthcare employment agency that does both hospital and no... read more

Can you provide input on what an RN should look for in a good health coaching course?
Date: May 29, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am very interested in becoming an RN health coach. I am having an issue find..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Health Coaching, Health coaching is a very popular specialty for nurses these days. And there is a growing need for the service as the health delivery system in ... read more

How can I obtain certification to review charts on my computer for insurance companies or lawyers?
Date: May 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am very recently retired. How would I go about obtaining certification to be..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Recently Retired, Certification is not required to review charts remotely. You already know how to do this as a nurse, and the work often can be more basic than you might imag... read more

How can a Jamaican nurse get a job or work permit to work in the U.S.?
Date: May 27, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a Jamaican nurse who is licensed to work in the U.S. How do I get a job or..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Jamaican Nurse, Because you already have your U.S. RN license, I suggest you contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department for more information about gettin... read more

Can I get paid for caregiving services without jeopardizing my nursing license?
Date: May 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a 61-year-old RN still working full time in a hospital. I have moved to a gated adult..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Community Caregiving, Not only can you do this but many nurses (and non-nurses) across the country already are doing this. It's a new specialty often referred to... read more

What should a school RN, with a bachelor's degree in health planning and administration, and an interest in overall health, do as a next step?
Date: May 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, I hope you can help me in figuring out a path for myself. I am an RN, working as..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Torn Between Career Paths, Getting more education is a great thing to do and a wonderful way to stimulate your career and your life. Since you already have a BS and don't plan... read more

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