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How can a nurse who has been out of the workforce for six years get a job in ambulatory care?
Question: I have been out of work for six years raising my daughters. I'd like to go back to work but not in a hospital. I'm thinking about something in ambulatory care but need some suggestions on how to get started. Thinking About Ambulatory Care Dear Donna replies: Dear Thinking About Ambulatory Care, Ambulatory care is one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the healthcare market right now so it's a...READ MORE »
How can an RN explain a past termination due to suspicion of diverting narcotics during job interviews?
Question: Dear Donna, I am preparing my resume for a future job hunt. Several years ago, I was terminated on suspicion of diverting narcotics, although there was no drug test, which I would have passed. I was simply let go. Since this occurred, I have been successful in another job from which I am preparing to leave. I am nervous on how to explain that previous termination given how unpleasant the reasoning sounds....READ MORE »
What's the difference between a career coach and a career counselor?
Question: Dear Donna, What's the difference between a career coach and a career counselor? Wondering About Coaches Versus Counselors Dear Donna replies: Dear Wondering About Coaches Versus Counselors, There is a difference between career coaches and career counselors. Career counselors have a graduate degree in counseling and specialized education and training in career management. They must be licensed or certified...READ MORE »
How do I answer the interview questions, "What is your best point?" and "What is your worst point?"
Question: How do I answer the interview questions, "What is your best point?" and "What is your worst point?" Needs Interview Help Dear Donna replies: Dear Needs Interview Help, Your response should indicate a 'best point' that is significant such as, "My outgoing personality," or "My ability to get along with all types of people." Your "worst point" should be something that could be perceived as a negative or a...READ MORE »
Should a 50-year-old RN in Germany, who wants to work and live in the U.S., consider studying for an RN in the U.S. or get an LPN instead?
Question: Dear Donna, I'm a geriatric nurse in Germany who would like to live, work and study in the U.S. I don't know what to do. Should I start all over again in an RN program or get my LPN through an exam? Please let me know. I am 50. Am I too old to pursue this? German Nurse Dear Donna replies: Dear German Nurse, Start by contacting CGFNS, formerly known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools...READ MORE »
Is an oncology nurse who is 60 too old to go for an APN degree? What should the same RN do if she's mistreated at her job?
Question: Dear Donna, I am over 55 and am having a major problem. I got my nursing degree later in life and finally, four years ago, found my calling in oncology. I certified and have been working in it for three years. My problem? The practice I worked for was bought by a hospital. Everything has changed. The patients were taken away and given to the hospital infusion center. It seems that no one cares about the...READ MORE »
Can an RN with only LTC experience get into acute care?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN with 5 years of experience. I have worked only in long-term care and my last position, I was the DON. I want to get into acute care but at almost every interview they focus on my having only LTC experience. I have been looking for a job for six months and am getting frustrated. I have gone back to school online for my BSN but it hasn't helped yet. Even applying for floor nursing...READ MORE »
How can an RN who moved from New York to Virginia after a long, successful career find a job in the new locaiton?
Question: Dear Donna, I am having a terrible time getting a job. I noticed in Virginia, where I've recently relocated from New York, there are more LPN positions than RN positions advertised. Can I get an LPN license in addition to my RN license and how would I go about this? I have been a nurse for 40 years with exemplary experience and good references. I think there is some age discrimination happening. I also...READ MORE »
Do you have any job search suggestions for an RN without recent hospital experience who wants to relocate to New York City?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been an RN for 21 years. I'm unemployed, residing In Philadelphia but am interested in moving to New York. I've been aggressively searching for work in New York City, but I haven't been getting many bites. Do you have any suggestions? Dear Wants to Relocate to New York City Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Relocate to New York City, You don't mention what types of positions you are...READ MORE »
Can an RN who is a Canadian citizen study in the U.S. and get a student visa? Which nursing schools in New York take international students?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a Canadian citizen and would like to take an RN refresher course. I passed my NCLEX in September 2013 and my Canadian RN examination in July 2014. Is it possible for me to study in the U.S. and hopefully be granted a student visa? Moreover, I have been out of the nursing field since October 2011 and would like to take a refresher course preferably in New York. Lastly, are there schools in...READ MORE »
Why is it some people don't consider me a nurse since I moved into research even when those research jobs require a nursing degree?
Question: Dear Donna, I worked nine years in a city hospital (med/surg, telemetry and ICU) in the 1990s; I then went into clinical research for 14 years and worked as a research nurse or a research nurse coordinator. Why is it some people don't consider me a nurse since I moved into research? All of the jobs that I have had in research required a nursing degree. I have my BSN and some graduate-level college credits....READ MORE »
Where can nurses network other than CE courses and with RN friends?
Question: Dear Donna, In a couple of the continuing education classes I have attended most of the nurses were either complaining about their current jobs or how long they have been on unemployment. I am not finding continuing education classes a positive place to do networking as everyone is focused on their own problems. I do have friends who are RNs that are really happy with their jobs; those places are not...READ MORE »
What are some steps for RNs to take to become involved with nursing volunteerism in their communities?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been retired since April, at age 62. I would like to again work in nursing, but since I am financially situated, would care to do so as a volunteer. Volunteerism would give me an opportunity to give back for the many wonderful benefits I had received from my nursing career. I am sure there are local opportunities like flu clinics and such but I would like to do something more far...READ MORE »
Do you have any advice regarding finding jobs for LPNs or how to get the job after the interview?
Question: Dear Donna, Do you have any advice regarding finding jobs for LPNs or how to get the job after the interview? Looking for LPN Jobs Dear Donna replies: Dear Looking for LPN Jobs, The basics of looking for a job are the same whether you are an RN or LPN. Read "Ten steps to a successful job search" (www.Nurse.com/cardillo/ten-steps). Once you have an interview, you still have more work to do. Regardless of...READ MORE »
If I were to take a job in home care or hospice how easy would it be for me to get hired again in a hospital?
Question: Dear Donna, I have worked in various specialties in the same hospital for more than 20 years. If I were to take a job outside of the hospital in home care or hospice how easy would it be for me to get hired again in the hospital if I want to return at some future date? My friends are telling me that once you leave for any length of time you can't come back. Thinking of Leaving the Hospital Dear Donna...READ MORE »