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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 can a nurse who has been out of the workforce for six years get a job in ambulatory care?
Date: Dec 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I have been out of work for six years raising my daughters. I'd like to go back to work bu..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Thinking About Ambulatory Care, Ambulatory care is one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the healthcare market right now so it's a good direction to go. It offers... read more

How can an RN explain a past termination due to suspicion of diverting narcotics during job interviews?
Date: Dec 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am preparing my resume for a future job hunt. Several years ago, I was termi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Challenges with Termination, For starters, you do not need to mention on your resume or in a cover letter why you left that previous employer. Of course, you may be asked abou... read more

What's the difference between a career coach and a career counselor?
Date: Dec 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What's the difference between a career coach and a career counselor? Wondering..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About Coaches Versus Counselors, There is a difference between career coaches and career counselors. Career counselors have a graduate degree in counseling and speci... read more

How do I answer the interview questions, "What is your best point?" and "What is your worst point?"
Date: Dec 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - How do I answer the interview questions, "What is your best point?" and "What is your wors..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Interview Help, Your response should indicate a 'best point' that is significant such as, "My outgoing personality," or "My ability to get along with all types of people... read more

Should a 50-year-old RN in Germany, who wants to work and live in the U.S., consider studying for an RN in the U.S. or get an LPN instead?
Date: Dec 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a geriatric nurse in Germany who would like to live, work and study in the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear German Nurse, Start by contacting CGFNS, formerly known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( They can do a credentials evaluation for you... read more

Is an oncology nurse who is 60 too old to go for an APN degree? What should the same RN do if she's mistreated at her job?
Date: Dec 12, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am over 55 and am having a major problem. I got my nursing degree later in l..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Deflated, There's no question that things are changing in healthcare as well as every other aspect of our lives and work. Change is hard and can be disorienting. But learning ... read more

Can an RN with only LTC experience get into acute care?
Date: Dec 11, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with 5 years of experience. I have worked only in long-term care an..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Into Acute Care, The job market for nurses is completely changing, especially the hospital job market. Long gone are the days when a nurse could enter any hospita... read more

How can an RN who moved from New York to Virginia after a long, successful career find a job in the new location?
Date: Dec 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am having a terrible time getting a job. I noticed in Virginia, where I've r..
Dear Donna replies- Dear RN Considering Getting an LPN License, I hear your frustration but getting an LPN license is not the right solution. For starters, many states do not allow a nurse who holds a... read more

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