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Donna Cardillo, RN, MA,'s career advice columnist and president of Cardillo & Associates, is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur 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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Would most physician's offices require hospital experience? What is the role of an RN in a physician's office?
Date: Apr 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - What is the role of an RN inside a physician's office? I ask because I saw an ad where the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering What RNs Do In A Medical Office, The role of an RN in a physician's office is varied depending on the size of the practice, the services offered, the specialty and s... read more

How hard do you think it would be for an RN with 5 years experience to find a job in a few years if she quits soon to raise her young children?
Date: Apr 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a nurse for five years, working mostly in med-surg and telemetry. ..
Dear Donna replies- With decisions like this, you have to follow your heart and do what works best for you and your family. The rest will work itself out. Keep in mind that no one on their death bed e... read more

How can a seasoned LDRP RN find a new job after a two-year absence from the workforce?
Date: Apr 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I worked in labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum for 29 years, but quit to be..
Dear Donna replies- Dear LDRP Nurse, Because you are so specialized, it is possible to get hired back into LDRR again. But know that the hospital job market has changed, even in the last two years. Mo... read more

What other career opportunities would you recommend for an experienced RN with electronic health record implementation experience?
Date: Apr 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As an experienced RN with electronic health record implementation experience, ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Seeking Career Transitions, With your HER implementation experience, you can explore various options in the specialty of nursing/healthcare informatics. These might include sa... read more

Can someone with a back injury pursue a career as an RN?
Date: Apr 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Since I was a child I had always wanted to have a career in health care. I wen..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Prospective Nurse Worried About Lifting, For starters, there are nursing students and nurses with all types of disabilities and injuries including missing limbs and those conf... read more

Do you have any advice to share with school nurses who want to approach administration about moving RNs from hourly to salaried employees?
Date: Apr 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a school nurse at a private school. We have approached our administration..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to be Salaried, This is a complex issue, one that goes beyond the scope of the advice/information I can offer in this forum. I would suggest that you consult a nurse att... read more

Would it be better for someone with limited financial resources who wants to pursue a career as a nurse to get a CNA, LPN or BSN?
Date: Apr 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a bachelor's degree in accounting from 2007 but have always had an inte..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Pursue Nursing, Whether you pursue an LPN, CNA or BSN is something you will have to decide by weighing all the factors related to your personal finances, time and oth... read more

What can a seasoned RN, in process of earning a BSN, do to find a better paying job than per diem home care?
Date: Apr 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a seasoned nurse who left a job due to dissatisfaction with it. I have ex..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Seasoned Nurse, Don't take it personally. The hospital job market is changing with care shifting into outpatient and alternate inpatient settings and the same is happening wit... read more

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