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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 can an experienced RN working in pediatric home care do to get a position in a hospital with a union?
Date: Jun 26, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I left my 30-year career in a hospital to work pediatrics home care. I love it..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Desperate, "Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear" is an old expression that applies to your description of gaining employment at a hospital. The hospital job... read more

Can a physician with a degree from Colombia get an evaluation of his/her degree to get an RN in the U.S. in order to study in a NP program?
Date: Jun 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a physician who graduated from school in Colombia in 2003. Can I get an ev..
Dear Donna replies- Dear MD Who Wants To Be An NP, The only way one would be eligible to sit for the RN exam in any U.S. state is to have graduated from an accredited RN program. Nursing and medical e... read more

What is your recommendation for an RN refresher course? Does an RN who hasn't worked in a while need to apply for lower-level jobs?
Date: Jun 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What is your recommendation for an RN refresher course? My license is current,..
Dear Donna replies- Dear May Need to Step Back, I wish I knew how long you've been away from nursing and what you did beforehand. I also had to research what all the acronyms in your question might st... read more

What are some options for an RN with 4 years of ED experience, who will graduate with an MBA and does not live near a metropolitan area?
Date: Jun 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I want to work from home full time. I am an active RN with four years of exper..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work From Home, You have many options depending on your interests. In many cases, you do not need to be geographically close to your employer so where you live might ... read more

Can a nurse be excused from call shift due to hearing loss? I'm nervous my hearing aids may malfunction.
Date: Jun 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a 12-hour night shift worker in labor and delivery, and I'm expected to t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Anxiety Over Call, If other nurses can get medical excuses for the reasons you mention, you certainly should be more than eligible. Speak with your primary care provider and/o... read more

Is it commonplace these days for hospitals to hire new grads for leadership positions versus experienced nurses from within the organization?
Date: Jun 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, The hospital I work for has become a sort of sorority where only friends and f..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feeling Left Out It's always challenging to respond to this type of question without knowing all the details. The culture and practices of each place of employment and even ea... read more

Is it crazy for an experienced RN to apply for positions for new grads to get my foot in the door in new areas?
Date: Jun 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an experienced RN and am graduating with my BSN in August. I have been wo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Willing to Take a Step Back, As an experienced nurse, regardless of what you've done in recent years, hospitals (or other facilities) will not hire you as a new grad so it wou... read more

How can I continue my NP career while I'm taking ANCC advanced classes? My RN license will expire before I'm done testing.
Date: Jun 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been practicing as a PMHNP in Oregon for the past 14 years. I moved to ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Confused and Nervous, I suggest you personally contact the Oregon Board of Nursing and ANCC about your situation and the conflicting timeframes. Explain your situation and per... read more

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