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Do I need a BSN to work as a nurse coroner or could I do so with an ADN?
Question: Dear Donna, I'm a high school senior and I need advice about becoming a nurse coroner. I know that I have to become an RN, but is it possible for me to go straight into nurse coroner program after two years of college, when I have my associate degree? Or do I have to get my BSN? Also, I'm not sure but I saw information in a website that nurse coroner also work in the forensic nursing field. Wants to Become...READ MORE »
Can you recommend where I can find a free study guide or practice test for the nursing case manager board certification exam?
Question: Dear Donna, I would like to take the nursing case manager board certification exam through ANCC. Can you recommend where I can find a free study guide or practice test. Wants to Get Board Certified Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Get Board Certified, The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides free resources to prepare for the certification you reference including sample questions and more...READ MORE »
Do you know of nursing careers with no hours later than midnight?
Question: Dear Donna, About five years ago I was diagnosed with epilepsy. My seizures are small, but I have large numbers of them. My doctors say I should never stay up past midnight as whenever I do, I have a seizure. I have wanted to be a nurse for ages, but nurses work in the middle of the night. Do you know of any specific nursing careers with no hours later than midnight? Wants To Be A Nurse But Has Epilepsy...READ MORE »
Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified in this specialty?
Question: Dear Donna, Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified? I don't really want to go through the whole process without knowing if I'll really like it or not. Interested in School Nursing Dear Donna replies: Dear Interested in School Nursing. Yes, it is possible to work as a school nurse without being certified. Every state and school district is different, but even in those areas where...READ MORE »
Where can a nurse from Greece take the clinical hours she's lacking without taking a two-year BSN course?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN in Greece and I want to work here in the U.S. I have sent my nursing degree to be evaluated by the Board of Nursing. The BON has specified that I am missing maternal/infant clinical hours. Where can I get the clinical hours? Or where can I go to take all clinical hours if need be without taking a two-year BSN course? Nurse From Greece Dear Donna replies: Dear Nurse From Greece, I...READ MORE »
How is acute care experience defined? Would experience as a nurse in a large ENT/allergy practice be sufficient?
Question: Dear Donna: I have been working as a staff nurse for more than a year in a large ENT & allergy practice. I'm actively looking to obtain roles in the hospital or home care setting, but most jobs require one year acute experience. How is acute care experience defined? Would my experience be sufficient? Looking to Transition Dear Donna replies: Dear Looking to Transition, Acute care experience is...READ MORE »
Do I have to submit a proposal to speak at upcoming nursing conferences? Do you have any tips to share for public speaking?
Question: Dear Donna, I am interested in speaking at some future nursing conferences. Do I have to submit a proposal to speak? This is something new for me. Do you have tips for public speaking? Interested In Speaking Dear Donna replies: Dear Interested In Speaking, It's wonderful that you want to stretch yourself personally and professionally. Contact any associations or events where you are interested in speaking...READ MORE »
What are options for an LVN like me who wants to have my own business? Could I be a health coach?
Question: Dear Donna, As a licensed vocational nurse, what are my options for getting into my own business? Is it possible for me to do health coaching? I noticed most have RN credentials. My heart is in nutrition, and I am currently attending a program to get certified in nutrition. LVN Who Wants To Start A Business Dear Donna replies: Dear LVN Who Wants To Start A Business, As an LVN you have plenty of business...READ MORE »
What is the best way to address a cover letter if you do not have an individual's name?
Question: Dear Donna, What is the best way to address a cover letter: "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Sir/Madam" or something else? Wants to Send a Cover Letter Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants to Send a Cover Letter, Use a traditional business letter format starting with the recipient's name and title, facility name and address. If you don't have a specific person's name, address the letter to "Human Resources...READ MORE »
Should I obtain a BSN even though my current job does not require one nor does it offer tuition reimbursement?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an ADN and work in a multi-practice outpatient facility. I would like to start an online RN-to-BSN program, but my employer does not offer tuition reimbursement. A BSN is not required at my facility. There are currently two LPNs on staff, which were grand-fathered in, and the rest of us have an ADN or BSN. I would like to go for my BSN to open more doors down the road. I am happy where I...READ MORE »
How can I find out if it is legal for me to provide massage therapy on clients as a business?
Question: Dear Donna, How can I find out if it is legal for me to do massage therapy on clients as a business? I know I can do massages in the hospital, but I'm unsure if I can outside of the hospital. Interested In Massage Therapy Dear Donna replies: Dear Interested In Massage Therapy, Your best source of information about performing massage therapy as a nurse is the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists...READ MORE »
What should a nursing student do prior to graduation to improve his chances of getting hired once he graduates?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a student nurse, expecting to graduate in 2016. What should I be doing to give myself a better chance of getting a job after I graduate? Student Thinking About Future Employment Dear Donna replies: Dear Student Thinking About Future Employment, This is a great time to be gearing up for your first nursing job. There are several things you can do to boost your marketability and employability...READ MORE »
Why do you think so many nurses smoke, are overweight and don't take care of themselves?
Question: Dear Donna, I see many nurses who smoke, are overweight and just don't take care of themselves. Why do you think that is? Shouldn't we be setting an example for our patients? Concerned About Nurse Health Dear Donna replies: Dear Concerned About Nurse Health, As nurses, we are human and subject to the same challenges, stresses and poor lifestyle choices as the rest of the population. So it's not surprising...READ MORE »
What options exist for nurses who want to get out of the clinical setting and still work weekends?
Question: Dear Donna, One of the challenges of nursing is when you want to get out of the clinical setting, but still want to work weekends. Usually this change to a non-clinical setting means working Monday through Friday. I like to have the opportunity to work weekends, which allows me to care for my family. What options exist for nurses who want to get out of the clinical setting and still work weekends? Likes To...READ MORE »