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Should a new nurse include her GPA on her resume?
Question: Dear Donna, Should I include my GPA on my resume? I've heard different opinions. Wondering About GPA Dear Donna replies: Dear Wondering About GPA, I presume you are asking about including your nursing school grade point average on your resume. While this is advice sometimes given to student nurses and new nurses, I do not recommend it. Let me tell you why. The vast majority of recruiters I have spoken to...READ MORE »
How should a nurse who wants to ultimately work in informatics area weigh two job offers? One is in med-surg; one in EMAR.
Question: Dear Donna, I am stuck between two job offers, with the main goal being what is best for a career in nursing informatics. I am an RN in school to bridge to an MSN in nursing informatics. I worked three years in long-term care, and am working in sub-acute care. I received a job offer at a hospital to work as a floor nurse for a med-surg floor. I figure getting acute care experience would be good. As I put...READ MORE »
Should I get an MSN in leadership versus MSN FNP in case I eventually move out of the clinical setting?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a 26 year old with more than one year experience as an RN. I completed my BSN and want to continue my education and become a family NP Would you advise completing an MSN in administration or leadership and then a post-master's FNP certificate or just completing an MSN for my FNP? Are there differences in the way employers view a candidate with an FNP certificate? If I should step away from...READ MORE »
When should a student nurse who is graduating in 10 months start to look for a job?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a student nurse who will be graduating in December 2015. When should I start looking for a job? Student Looking For A Job Dear Donna replies: Dear Student Looking For A Job, It's never too soon to begin making contacts, building your network and planting seeds. Now is the perfect time to start all of that which will facilitate the process of your finding a job around the time you graduate....READ MORE »
How can I get a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old? I am an experienced ADN who is in school for bachelor's in HIM?
Question: Dear Donna, How can I get into a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old? I am an RN of more than 20 years and have a BS health administration, and an ADN. I expect to complete a bachelor's degree in HIM in early 2016. I work in long-term care. Wants to Manage Healthcare Information Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Manage Healthcare Information, By HIM I presume you mean Health...READ MORE »
Have you ever heard of a nurse getting an acupuncture license?
Question: Dear Donna, Have you ever heard of a nurse getting an acupuncture license? It's something I've always been interested in doing. Interested in Acupuncture Dear Donna replies: Dear Interested in Acupuncture, I have known of several nurses who are licensed acupuncturists. It is a natural extension to their practice. Do an Internet search for "nurse acupuncturist" or "RN acupuncturist" and you will find many...READ MORE »
With the complexity of the job market and difficulty landing an RN job, is it worth it to take loans and get an MSN degree?
Question: I am a big fan of your work, especially your books. I need your input on my situation. My journey in to the nursing profession started as an LVN/LPN, I have about two years of experience in long-term care and school-related healthcare settings. I transitioned to an LVN-to-RN program, followed by an RN-to-BSN program. I am about to complete the BSN in May. I do not have any loans as I received scholarships....READ MORE »
Do you have any suggestions for an experienced nurse on how to find part-time or weekend nursing jobs?
Question: Dear Donna, I am 60 years old and need extra income. I am looking for a part-time or weekend nursing job. I already have a full-time job Do you have any suggestions other than going to an agency because I've tried that route with no luck? Needs Extra Income Dear Donna replies: Dear Needs Extra Income, Without knowing how flexible your full-time job is or what type of work you are doing (or want to do), I...READ MORE »
When considering getting an MSN, which specialty would be the best bet among nursing administration, informatics and education?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a staff nurse in a large teaching hospital. I will be 54 soon, and need to plan the next phase of my career. I am working on my MSN and need to decide which direction to take. I am considering informatics, nursing administration or education. I want to get my masters in an area that will give me the most options for my age. I was working toward informatics, however, I am worried I will be...READ MORE »
Should an RN, who has not worked as a nurse for 10 years and cannot find a job, give up and move into another profession?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN with 10 years of experience. I left work to stay home with my children. I am trying to get back to work as a nurse after 10 years away. I kept my license current, and updated CEUs. I'm finding it impossible to get any nursing job. I send my resume and no replies, and if I get a reply it's usually "we are looking for recent experience, and you were away for too long." I am willing to...READ MORE »
Is there a mandate in the U.S. requiring nurses to take a refresher course if they have been out of the workforce for several years?
Question: Dear Donna, I graduated in 2010 from a community college, took the NCLEX and passed in 2013. I recently got my work permit and am officially legal to practice. I've been hearing that RNs who haven't practiced in three to four years are mandated to take a refresher course. I have never practiced. Is this accurate and is this true everywhere or only in New York? Where would be the best place for me to start?...READ MORE »
What are some options for a former nursing student who didn't earn enough credits for a nursing degree or pass the RN exam the first time?
Question: Dear Donna, I am inquiring on behalf of my niece, who graduated a year ago from a university with a general degree as she did not have the credits for a nursing degree. She was not able to pass the RN test, but she really wants to pursue a career in nursing. How can she make this happen? Concerned Aunt Dear Donna replies: Dear Concerned Aunt, It is challenging for me to advise you without knowing all the...READ MORE »
Can you help a new school RN, going for her BSN, decide how to get hospital or clinic experience too?
Question: Dear Donna, First I want to thank you for advice you gave me a few years ago when I was still in nursing school. I asked if it was OK for a new graduate nurse to pursue school nursing. You said yes. I recently began working as a school nurse. I absolutely love my job. It is very rewarding. I never was able to get a job in a hospital or clinic, which makes me feel I am missing an important part of the...READ MORE »
Master the Scholarship Game
I so often hear nurses say, "I can't possibly go back to school. I just don't have the money." And yet more scholarship money is available today than ever before. You just need to know where to look. Here are some tips for finding and getting the money you need. When filling out an admission application, remember these key points. If you're pursuing a degree in nursing or healthcare, contact the following sources...READ MORE »
Is it worthwhile for a 60-year-old experienced ADN to get her MSN at this stage of life?
Question: Dear Donna, I got my ADN in 1974 and am 60 years old. I am enrolled in an online RN-to-BSN program and am considering going on for my MSN. I don't plan on retiring any time soon, but I do want to make a sound financial decision about cost versus benefits. I am an inpatient nurse case manager and have an entrepreneurial spirit and experience. Will an MSN greatly enhance opportunities at this stage in my...READ MORE »