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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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Should a seasoned RN, who is finding it hard to find a new job without a BSN, renew her nursing license?
Date: May 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have not been working for two years after moving back home, upgrading our ne..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Trying to Get Back To Normal, The entire healthcare delivery system, including the nursing profession, is changing and evolving. The job market for nurses is shifting too. If ... read more

What can a nurse with medical billing and coding experience, who has let her RN license expire, do while she works to reactivate the license?
Date: May 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I received my BSN in 1977. I worked three years in ICU, two in home health and..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs a Job, Because you have 20 years of medical office and coding and billing experience, I would suggest that you seek that type of employment now while you work on getting... read more

How can a nurse from overseas with no general hospital experience get into the U.S. workforce and acquire skills in ICU nursing?
Date: May 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an overseas RMN and a recently trained RN with no general hospital experi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Overseas Nurse, One option is to look for an international travel nurse agency that recruits nurses from your country to the U.S. such as You als... read more

What's the proper etiquette for listing RN credentials and titles?
Date: May 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a question regarding the proper alignment of degrees and certifications..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Multiple Degrees, Listing your degrees first is typically preferred in an academic setting but otherwise you can go either way; both are correct. If you are employed in a sett... read more

What should the penalty be for an RN signing out a non-narcotic drug under a patient's name for personal use?
Date: May 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What should the penalty be for an RN signing out a non-narcotic drug under a p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Penalties, Every facility should have a written policy and procedure that governs responses to a case of known or suspected drug diversion. Typically, the case... read more

If terminated from a previous job, should you reveal this information during your interview with a potential employer?
Date: May 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, If terminated from a previous job, should you reveal this information during y..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Interview Help, You should not bring up why you left your last job unless the interviewer asks you outright. If you are asked, it is usually best to be honest about the ... read more

How can an RN with a BSN, who worked for two years in med/surg but has not worked for 22 years, get an new job as a nurse?
Date: May 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a RN with a BSN obtained in 1992. I worked on a respiratory med/surg floo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Returning After 22 Years, You will be able to get hired again but likely will need to look into new places for employment and use new skills to find those jobs. Know the entir... read more

How an RN with a license on probation took Donna's advice to find a job and received multiple job offers.
Date: May 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Back in April 5, 2013, I wrote to you and you answered. I just wanted to let y..
Dear Donna replies- Feeling Inspired Even on Probation Thank you so much for writing and letting me know how things turned out. I am so happy for you. Keep up the great work. I have included a link he... read more

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