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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 I do to prepare for the Performance Based Development System test? I have not worked as an RN for 3 years.
Date: Apr 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I accepted an advice nurse position after being out of nursing for almost thre..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs to Prepare for PBDS, The Performance Based Development System is more of an assessment tool rather than a test per se. It is used to gauge a nurse's level of critical th... read more

Can you explain why after 26 years of nursing and an excellent track record in the same hospital why I am now required to get a BSN to keep my job?
Date: Apr 25, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Can you please explain to me why after 26 years of nursing in the same hospita..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disgusted and Disillusioned, Don't take it personally. There is a national movement to have most RNs obtain BSN degrees. Even though it is still not required for entry to prac... read more

What recourse does an RN have who feels he/she is being bullied by a manager after pointing out possible HIPAA violations made by other RNs?
Date: Apr 24, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I need advice on how to deal with a manager who is trying to fire me. It start..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Bullied, It is always challenging for me to respond to this type of question without knowing all the details and the players. Without knowing all that, and based only on... read more

Is it OK to put both pages of my resume on one sheet of paper?
Date: Apr 23, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it OK to put both pages of my resume on one sheet of paper, front and back?..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Environmentally Conscious, While using less paper is a nice idea, it is still traditional and expected to use separate sheets of paper for each page of your resume, printing o... read more

Does an RN need to be certified as a school nurse to work in the speciality?
Date: Apr 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am interested in school nursing but can't find out if I need to be certified..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In School Nursing, The National Association of School Nurses ( supports certification for school nurses but it is not required of all school nurses to ... read more

Is it a good idea to send a headshot along with a resume to improve my chance of getting a job?
Date: Apr 21, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I will graduate soon from a BSN program. I know the job market is not great so..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, It is not considered appropriate to include a photo of yourself on your resume. The reason is that someone could make a case that an employer was unfairly influence... read more

Would most physician's offices require hospital experience? What is the role of an RN in a physician's office?
Date: Apr 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - What is the role of an RN inside a physician's office? I ask because I saw an ad where the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering What RNs Do In A Medical Office, The role of an RN in a physician's office is varied depending on the size of the practice, the services offered, the specialty and s... read more

How hard do you think it would be for an RN with 5 years experience to find a job in a few years if she quits soon to raise her young children?
Date: Apr 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for five years, working mostly in med-surg and telemetry. ..
Dear Donna replies- With decisions like this, you have to follow your heart and do what works best for you and your family. The rest will work itself out. Keep in mind that no one on their death bed e... read more

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