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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career."

She brings more than 20 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.
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How do I make a good impression after an interview?
Date: May 22, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Besides sending a thank you note, is there anything else I should do after an ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Leave a Good Impression, Follow-up after an interview is just as important as the preparation and interview itself. Sending a typed thank you note is a must. But in t... read more

What do I have to do to call myself a consultant?
Date: May 21, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What do I have to do to call myself a consultant? Do I need a business license..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Consulting, You don't mention what type of consulting you are interested in doing but technically speaking, anyone can call themselves a consultant. The word con... read more

How can a home care nurse check on crime in specific areas?
Date: May 20, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, For my home care job, I have to go in very high crime areas alone in large apa..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Home Care Nurse, Have you asked your home care agency if they have this information to share with you? If they do not have or keep this information, check with your local poli... read more

How does an RN publish a book?
Date: May 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like some practical advice on how to successfully publish my first boo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Publish a Book, Getting published is a great goal and something that every nurse should work toward. I recommend read the book, "Anatomy of Writing for Publication fo... read more

How can an RN find the right niche?
Date: May 18, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was an LPN for three years and worked in long-term care. I went back to scho..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Nursing Niche, The idea of finding a niche in nursing, that one magical place where each nurse feels a sense of belonging or destiny is both outdated and misunders... read more

How can I get a job at a hospital where everyone wants to work?
Date: May 15, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I love where I work but I am ready for a change. I am interested in a specific..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Ready for a Change, As you may know, most hospitals are only hiring nurses with current or very recent hospital experience with the exception of a limited amount of newly lice... read more

How do I answer any questions as to gaps in employment?
Date: May 14, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a disabled nurse who has not worked in five years. I want to start workin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disabled Nurse, You are not required to reveal any medical history unless you need accommodation on the job, which I am assuming you will not as an educator. When the question... read more

What resources are available to help me choose an FNP program?
Date: Apr 28, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated with my BSN in December and would like to get my FNP. I have been ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Want to be an FNP, What you should do is speak to other family nurse practitioners about the programs they attended and obtain their insights and advice. You should also speak... read more

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