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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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Is a soon-to-be retired librarian, who is 65 years old, too old to go to nursing school?
Date: Jan 28, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a healthy, active woman who will be 65 years old next month. I am retiring after 18 y..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Librarian Who Wants To Be A Nurse, The oldest student nurse I have met to date was 70 years old. There are many women and men like yourself coming into the profession after re... read more

How can a BSN grad get a job in case management if every job post requires case management experience?
Date: Jan 27, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna I want to get into case management. All jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area seem..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Into Case Management, If you rely exclusively on classified ads for job leads, it may seem like everyone wants experience. You can't make generalizations about th... read more

How does a BSN graduate in the Philippines who has not worked as an RN in 7 years find a job as a nurse?
Date: Jan 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a 2007 BSN graduate in the Philippines. I graduated with honors and worke..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Back To Nursing, For starters, become active in the Philippine Nurses Association ( The more people you meet in the industry, the better your cha... read more

How does an RN with a background in ophthalmology get a job in research?
Date: Jan 23, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a charge nurse in ophthalmology and have an interest in working in researc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Work In Research, There are several different ways and places to work in research. If you work in a hospital that has a research department, simply let the department... read more

How does one find a job as a wellness coach and holistic nurse if they are not advertised?
Date: Jan 22, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, You picked as top hot roles in nursing positions such as wellness coach and holi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Wellness Coaching, The vast majority of jobs never appear in the classified ads whether online or in print. Yet this is the most commonly used method by many to ... read more

Would it be inappropriate to ask for a transfer to another department after six weeks of working in an OR because I miss patient interaction?
Date: Jan 21, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I switched jobs back from an ambulatory surgical center to a hospital OR. I th..
Dear Donna replies- Dear To Stay Or To Go, Sometimes you have to cut your losses quickly and move on. There is not much point in staying unhappy because of how it might look. I once accepted a positio... read more

What should a nurse at a state-run facility do when tasked with crushing patient meds that should not be crushed and there is no doctor's order?
Date: Jan 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I work at a state run facility that has recently adopted a policy to crush gab..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Medication Administration Advice, This situation definitely needs prompt clarification. Whenever you have this type of question, you should first go to your immedi... read more

How can an experienced chemical dependency and detox RN find a job in her speciality after relocating to a new area?
Date: Jan 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have experience working with chemical dependency and detox, from triage to d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Chemical Dependency Work, While does not provide job placement services, you will find many job openings listed here where you can search by area and spe... read more

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