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How can an RN from Nigeria relocate to the U.S. for work and study?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN/RM in an ED in Nigeria. I want to relocate to the U.S. for further studies and work. How do I go about it? Wants to Relocate to the USA from Nigeria Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Relocate to the USA from Nigeria, I would recommend you look for an international nursing agency that recruits nurses from your country to the U.S. The advantage of working with such a company is that...READ MORE »
How can an RN find a job at a hospital if she was terminated from her first hospital job?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been an RN for four years. Immediately following graduation from nursing school, I was offered a position on a med-surg floor of a hospital. During orientation, I held a medication for a critical lab value and told my preceptor. I was not advised by her to contact the physician. Days later, I was informed by management that my employment was being terminated. I contacted a lawyer who...READ MORE »
Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking for jobs in that specialty?
Question: Dear Donna, Is it necessary to get a master's degree in nursing informatics before looking for jobs in that specialty? I have 10 years of nursing experience, and I'm very good with computers. I really don't want to go back to school at this time if I don't have to as I already have a BA and BSN. Interested in Informatics Dear Donna replies: Dear Interested in Informatics, You do not need any additional...READ MORE »
What do I put on my resume to indicate I've been out of work for six months on disability due to a back injury?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been out of work for six months on disability due to a back injury. How do I indicate this on my resume? I want to start looking for another job. Out on Disability Dear Donna replies: Dear Out on Disability, You do not need or want to indicate your injury or the fact that you were out on disability on your resume. This is protected information under the Americans with Disabilities Act....READ MORE »
Do you have suggestions on how I can start a professional writing career?
Question: Dear Donna, I was inspired and intrigued by your recent LinkedIn update regarding writing. I recently have felt a growing desire to write professionally. Any suggestions or guidance would be appreciated. Intrigued by writing Dear Donna replies: Dear Intrigued by writing, I have been a writer for many years but recently updated my LinkedIn profile triggering LinkedIn to send a notice to all my connections...READ MORE »
How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA?
Question: Dear Donna, How can an RN become a wellness coach or CRNA, and what financial aid is available if you are an RN with a BSN degree already? Inquisitive mind Dear Donna replies: Dear Inquisitive mind, Becoming a wellness coach and becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist are two very different career paths so I will address each separately. A CRNA is a type of advanced practice nurse requiring a...READ MORE »
How can I work my way into a management from a staff nurse position?
Question: Dear Donna, How does one work their way into a management position from a staff nurse? I would love to move up in my career as time goes on but not sure what steps I need to take. Wants to Move into Management, Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Move into Management, It's wonderful that you have a plan and a vision for you future. Managers can have a very positive impact on the work environment, on...READ MORE »
How can a nurse get started in the public speaking business?
Question: Dear Donna, I have long admired your work and would love to someday do what you do. Can you give me some advice on how to get started in the speaking business? Wants to Speak Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Speak. When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it and there's a couple of ways for you to do so. I recommend you attend some local chapter and...READ MORE »
What can I do to improve my chance of getting a job at a hospital?
Question: Dear Donna, How can I get a job in a hospital? I graduated two years ago with my BSN and am working at a nursing home. For the past two years when applying for hospital positions, all I hear is that I do not have experience. What can I do to improve my chance of getting a job at a hospital? Frustrated Nurse Dear Donna replies: Dear Frustrated Nurse, While hospital nursing has always been the standard for...READ MORE »
What types of jobs are there for a nurse with years of experience but who does not have her BSN?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN since 1985 and have an ADN. I am increasingly becoming dissatisfied with my current position and need advice on what is out there for a nurse with years of experience but who does not have her BSN. I am aware that RNs with a BSN are preferred in today's market. Dissatisfied Nurse Dear Donna replies: Dear Dissatisfied Nurse, I always say that discontent is a reminder postcard from the...READ MORE »
Is there any hope of an RN with 2 years of experience getting another job as a nurse after working in other areas of healthcare for 10 years?
Question: Dear Donna, I have two years of experience in nursing, but I have not worked as a nurse for more than 10 years. I have been working full-time in the pharmaceutical area in a quality assurance role. I left nursing to pursue occupational safety/health, decided to get back into nursing seven years ago, but was sidelined when my wife and I started a family. I decided to complete my master's degree in...READ MORE »
How can an experienced nurse find a job with more flexibility, perhaps even working from home?
Question: Dear Donna, I have been working in the OR for 34 years but would like to find a job in the nursing field I can do from home. I'm going to be taking care of my mother in the not too distant future and need more flexibility than my current job allows. Any ideas? Needs Flexibility Dear Donna replies: Dear Needs Flexibility There are lots of things you can do from home. Some examples would be doing case...READ MORE »
How can an RN determine if his job is considered a contractor or employee position if the person hiring him is not sure?
Question: Dear Donna, I was offered a family nurse practitioner position after my graduation. I don't have any benefits except two weeks personal time off, including sick pay, I asked my employer if I can be a contractor (form 1099) instead of W2 employee. My employer is not sure if my employment should fall into contractor or employee, so asked me to do some research. I will work as a family nurse practitioner at a...READ MORE »
What do you think of workers compensation as a career? Also, what about writing and public speaking as a career for a nurse?
Question: Dear Donna, What do you think of workers compensation as a career? How does it contribute specifically to healthcare, so that it impacts patient care, cost and the future of hospitals and clinics? I have a BSN and have worked in case management and transplant nursing. I care deeply for patients and their future with healthcare. I hope to be a writer and speaker someday. Wondering About Workers Comp Dear...READ MORE »
Is there any job that will hire a new nurse for 3 to 9 months a year so she gains experience but allows her to continue to pursue other interests?
Question: Dear Donna, I graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in nursing. I passed the boards. I play professional soccer three to six months of the year, and I want to continue to play overseas for as long as I can. The only problem with that is I'm not using my nursing degree, and I don't want it to be held against me when I do want to work as a nurse. Is there any job that will take me for the time I am...READ MORE »