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How does an RN with extensive hospital and ambulatory care experience find his/her next position?
Question: Dear Donna, How do I become more marketable? I have 25 years of experience in ED and 11 years in active nursing in a cardiology office. Due to budget cuts, I lost my job. I need a job but have found I am not qualified because I have not been working in a hospital setting for the past 10 years. My skills and knowledge are current. I have been certified for more than 20 years as a CCRN, CEN, ACLS and PALS....READ MORE »
In order to work in an urgent care center should I have ED experience?
Question: Dear Donna, In order to work in an urgent care center must I have emergency room experience? I wonder because I was told urgent care centers are for minor emergencies only. Wondering About Experience Dear Donna replies: Dear Wondering About Experience, While every employer is different in terms of what it requires or prefers, emergency room experience is not an automatic prerequisite to work in urgent care...READ MORE »
From Facebook: Can you address life after nursing?
Question: Dear Donna, From Facebook: Can you address life after nursing? Looking for a New Life Dear Donna replies: Dear Looking for a New Life, By life after nursing, I am assuming you mean retirement. The word retirement is being redefined in our society. While many nurses retire from one job, specialty or place of employment, many wish to remain active in nursing in some capacity. Whether as a volunteer or...READ MORE »
Can you provide some information regarding NCLEX?
Question: Dear Donna, From Facebook: Can you provide some information regarding NCLEX? Seeking Licensure Info Dear Donna replies: Dear Seeking Licensure Info, I'm not sure what type of info about NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN you're seeking, but you should be able to find what you're looking for on the website of the state board of nursing in the state in which you live or wish to live by going to the National Council of...READ MORE »
How do I find nurse refresher courses that are legitimate?
Question: From Facebook: How do I find refresher courses that are legitimate? Needs Refreshing Dear Donna replies: Dear Needs Refreshing, Many state boards of nursing (https://www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm) and state chapters of the American Nurses Association (http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/findyourstate) list this information on their websites. But since each association lists it in a different...READ MORE »
Can an RN educated in Puerto Rico, who has not practiced as an RN for 10 years in the U.S., take a refresher course in the U.S.?
Question: Dear Donna, From Facebook: I am a nurse from Puerto Rico and I have not worked as a nurse for 10 years. Can I take a refresher course here in the U.S.? Educated in Puerto Rico Dear Donna replies: Dear Educated in Puerto Rico, You typically need a U.S. RN license to take a refresher course in the U.S. That is because your clinical time, as part of the course, will be done in a hospital in the U.S. This...READ MORE »
How much notice does a nurse have to give an employer when resigning from a job?
Question: Dear Donna, Do I need to give two weeks or four weeks of notice when resigning from a job? I'm getting different opinions on this issue. Wants To Resign Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants To Resign, One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is, "How much notice do I need to give when resigning from a job?" It's policy, not opinion that matters here. Every employer has a policy on how much notice is...READ MORE »
Am I too old to go back to school to further my nursing education? I fear I won't be able to keep up.
Question: Dear Donna, I know higher education is important and there is a push for nurses to attain additional degrees. I am a middle-aged nurse who was never a straight-A student. I am nervous about going back to school as I fear I will be the oldest one in the class and not able to keep up. Afraid to Go Back To School Dear Donna replies: Dear Afraid to Go Back To School, One question readers often ask is, "Am I...READ MORE »
Would a state board of nursing consider something like case management as clinical hours?
Question: Dear Donna, One question I often hear from nurses is, "My state board of nursing requires that I document a certain number of clinical hours each year in order to renew my nursing license. Would they consider something like case management clinical hours?'" Needs Clinical Hours Dear Donna replies: Dear Needs Clinical Hours, It depends because every state is different. It is best to first check with your...READ MORE »
Is it true that handwritten thank you notes after an interview are preferred and considered more personal?
Question: Dear Donna, I've always heard handwritten thank you notes after an interview are preferred and considered more personal. Is it true? Wondering About Writing Dear Donna replies: Dear Wondering About Writing, There was a time that handwritten interview follow-up notes were the norm but those days are long past. Today, they would be considered too folksy and informal and even unsophisticated in some cases. In...READ MORE »
How can an RN attend a career fair without it looking like he or she is trying to find another job?
Question: Nurses often say to me, "'Donna, I'm nervous about attending a career fair because I'm afraid my boss will find out. How can I attend without it looking like I'm trying to find another job?'" Nervous About Attending Career Fair Dear Donna replies: Dear Nervous About Attending Career Fair, If you've ever read my Dear Donna columns or articles or attended one of my seminars, you've likely heard me tout the...READ MORE »
What steps should a final year nursing student take toward pursuing a career in hospital administration?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a final year nursing student. I would like to pursue a career in hospital administration. Can you please advise me as to which steps I should take toward pursuing this field? Has Sights Set on Administration Dear Donna replies: Dear Has Sights Set on Administration, That is a noble goal. There is a great need for more nurses to move into high level administrative positions. Who better to...READ MORE »
Should an RN with 30 years experience look outside of nursing if he/she is worn out from working in hospital settings?
Question: I have been a nurse for more than 30 years and worked in various specialties including mother/ baby, GI lab, telemetry, cardiac lab, med-surg and others. I feel so worn out and don't even want to think of working in another hospital department. But the hospital is all I know and I am very nervous about venturing out into something else. Does every nurse feel this way? Is it too late for me to make a career...READ MORE »
The right approach for the right interview
When most people talk about interviewing, they're usually thinking about a traditional hiring interview. That's the type in which you meet face to face with your potential direct superior. Much has been written about this type of interview, including an abundance of dos and don'ts. But there are many types of interviews, and each presents its own challenges. Here are a few common types and some tips to get the most...READ MORE »
I have a group interview coming up, would you recommend I bring a copy of my resume for each person?
Question: Dear Donna, I have a group interview coming up, would you recommend I bring a copy of my resume for each person? Gearing up for an Interview Dear Donna replies: Dear Gearing up for an Interview, Yes, you should have extra copies of your resume with you in case you are asked. Carry them in a portfolio or brief case if necessary. While there, you can mention that you brought extra copies if anyone needs one,...READ MORE »