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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 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

Is it possible for someone with an undergraduate degree in anatomy and cell biology to pursue a BScN?
Date: Jan 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I pursue a BScN when I already have an undergraduate degree in anatomy..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get a BScN, If you live in the U.S., there are many second-degree or accelerated BSN programs for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree in another major, e... read more

How can I find out if a long-term care facility in my area is a good place to work? What if it is always hiring RNs?
Date: Jan 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a few nursing homes in my area that are constantly hiring nurses. Is th..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a Sign, Frequent openings at a facility are not necessarily a good sign or a bad sign. There are many possible reasons for it. Long-term care is a growth industry ... read more

How does an RN, who wants pursue further education, find contact information for a now-closed diploma school?
Date: Jan 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated in 1986 as an RN and have a diploma, but am running into a problem..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Her BSN, Check with the state board of nursing where your school was located. Tell them what the situation is and see if they have any contacts/resources/support ... read more

Should a nurse with a BSN and experience in LTC who wants to move out of LTC work go into legal nurse consulting or education?
Date: Jan 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am long-term care BSN nurse now working in LTC risk management. I have been ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Out of LTC, Because you are in transition and trying to decide where to go from here, it is important for you to mix and mingle with some new people in healthcare... read more

What are the graduate-level education options open to an experienced RN with a BSN?
Date: Jan 6, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm an RN with a BSN working as a staff/charge nurse for a telemetry unit. I w..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Further Her Career, There are several options for pursuing graduate education for someone with your background. If you plan to major in nursing, which is advisable if... read more

How does a critical care/psychiatric nurse with her MSN move up in Veterans Affairs - an area with slim pickings?
Date: Jan 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How does a critical care/psychiatric nurse with her MSN move up in the Veteran..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Move Up, If you mean working in a supervisory or management role when you say move up, read "Gearing up for management" ( As the ar... read more

Is there any hope for an RN working at a hospital with a from-the-top-down dog-eat-dog mentality among nursing staff?
Date: Jan 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am disheartened and frustrated with nursing as a profession. I came to nursi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disgruntled, Clearly it's time for a change in your professional life. I travel all over the country and speak with nurses every week in various work setting and geographic lo... read more

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