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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com's career advice columnist is president of DonnaCarillo.com. 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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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

Do you see my absence from nursing for a few years as an obstacle to getting a job in the future?
Date: Apr 22, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have four years of experience as a mother/baby RN and credentials as a breas..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Stay Home With Her Baby, There's no way of predicting what the job market will be like when you are ready to return to work, but there are ways to stay connected to y... read more

What alternative careers are there for an experienced ED nurse?
Date: Apr 21, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What alternative careers are there for an experienced ED nurse? I want to put ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear ER Nurse Looking For Alternatives, You have a whole host of options available to you as an experienced ED nurse. Occupational health nursing comes immediately to mind because ... read more

Do I need a BSN to work as a nurse coroner or could I do so with an ADN?
Date: Apr 20, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a high school senior and I need advice about becoming a nurse coroner. I k..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Become a Nurse Coroner, In the U.S., not all jurisdictions use nurse coroners. It depends on the type of system each state and county uses for death investigation/det... read more

Can you recommend where I can find a free study guide or practice test for the nursing case manager board certification exam?
Date: Apr 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like to take the nursing case manager board certification exam through..
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 mo... read more

Do you know of nursing careers with no hours later than midnight?
Date: Apr 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, About five years ago I was diagnosed with epilepsy. My seizures are small, but..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Be A Nurse But Has Epilepsy, Contrary to common belief, not all nurses work nights. Only about half of all nurses work in hospitals or nursing homes where shift work ... read more

Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified in this specialty?
Date: Apr 15, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it possible to work as a school nurse without being certified? I don't real..
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 wher... read more

Where can a nurse from Greece take the clinical hours she's lacking without taking a two-year BSN course?
Date: Apr 14, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN in Greece and I want to work here in the U.S. I have sent my nursin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nurse From Greece, I contacted CGFNS International (www.cgfns.org), which formerly was known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School. They advise that you sho... read more

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