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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 should I do if I have applied for jobs at a facility for 2 years, but have not had 1 interview? How can I find out if I've been blacklisted?
Date: Jan 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, An RN was laid off due to "reduction in workforce" and was told that position ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Laid Off, If you've been reapplying for two years, I'd say it's time to move on and look in new directions. Read "How to handle layoffs" ( I ho... read more

Should an RN who has let her CPR lapse while taking a break from working take a course on her own or will it be provided by a new employer?
Date: Jan 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am experienced RN with 10 years in med/surg and a short stint in labor and d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Let Her CPR Lapse, Much has changed in the nursing job market over the past five years. For starters, hospitals have downsized their education staff. So CPR training may not b... read more

Should an RN with 25 years of experience get a BSN if he/she is looking to change jobs?
Date: Jan 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for 25 years and specialize in pediatrics. I have a BS, not ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Not Sure a BSN Is Necessary, The nursing job market, along with the healthcare delivery system, has changed dramatically in the last five years. You experience is important, b... read more

Should an RN from Africa, with a New York LPN license, complete the LPN/LVN program in Texas before passing the RN board exam there?
Date: Jan 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm an RN from Africa. I hold an LPN license from New York but live in Texas. ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated Older Nurse, Your situation with the Texas Board of Nursing is unique so you will have to contact them yourself about whether taking an LVN/LPN course in Texas woul... read more

What types of work-from-home jobs are there for RNs with case management experience?
Date: Jan 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have 25 years of experience and work as a field nurse case manager for worke..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work from Home, Many case managers work from home, either for insurance companies or private case management companies. Since you already have that background, it wou... read more

Is it a good move for a newly licensed RN, with a BSN, to enter a DNP program?
Date: Jan 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a newly licensed BSN who wants to enroll in a DNP nurse executive administration prog..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get a DNP, Every nurse is different. Each of us has to carve out our own path in nursing and follow our heart. If you are interested and motivated to pursue a DNP now... read more

Can an institution mandate it only accepts ACLS or PALS certifications?
Date: Jan 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My institution has mandated that they only accept Advanced Cardiac Life Suppor..
Dear Donna replies- Dear PALS Certified, I wish I had more details about this mandate. For example, why the change in policy? Is it more of a "recertification" just to ensure that each provider has kn... read more

What are some ways seasoned RNs who want to reinvent their careers can do so?
Date: Jan 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a nurse with approximately 30 years of hospital experience, mostly in the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Reinvent Career, Nursing is one of the most diverse professions on the planet. Fortunately you have plenty of options. There is literally something for everyone in th... read more

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