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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 does a BSN graduate in the Philippines who has not worked as an RN in 7 years find a job as a nurse?
Date: Jan 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a 2007 BSN graduate in the Philippines. I graduated with honors and worke..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Get Back To Nursing, For starters, become active in the Philippine Nurses Association ( The more people you meet in the industry, the better your cha... read more

How does an RN with a background in ophthalmology get a job in research?
Date: Jan 23, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm a charge nurse in ophthalmology and have an interest in working in researc..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Work In Research, There are several different ways and places to work in research. If you work in a hospital that has a research department, simply let the department... read more

How does one find a job as a wellness coach and holistic nurse if they are not advertised?
Date: Jan 22, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Hi Donna, You picked as top hot roles in nursing positions such as wellness coach and holi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Wellness Coaching, The vast majority of jobs never appear in the classified ads whether online or in print. Yet this is the most commonly used method by many to ... read more

Would it be inappropriate to ask for a transfer to another department after six weeks of working in an OR because I miss patient interaction?
Date: Jan 21, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I switched jobs back from an ambulatory surgical center to a hospital OR. I th..
Dear Donna replies- Dear To Stay Or To Go, Sometimes you have to cut your losses quickly and move on. There is not much point in staying unhappy because of how it might look. I once accepted a positio... read more

What should a nurse at a state-run facility do when tasked with crushing patient meds that should not be crushed and there is no doctor's order?
Date: Jan 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I work at a state run facility that has recently adopted a policy to crush gab..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Medication Administration Advice, This situation definitely needs prompt clarification. Whenever you have this type of question, you should first go to your immedi... read more

How can an experienced chemical dependency and detox RN find a job in her speciality after relocating to a new area?
Date: Jan 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have experience working with chemical dependency and detox, from triage to d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for Chemical Dependency Work, While does not provide job placement services, you will find many job openings listed here where you can search by area and spe... read more

How can a nurse in Nigeria find a good nursing school and get a scholarship?
Date: Jan 15, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a Nigerian registered and a licensed nurse, with about three years workin..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nigerian Nurse, You don't mention what level of nursing education you are looking for (bachelors, masters, doctoral) but you can search by U.S. state and the type of program a... read more

How can an experienced nurse get a job in medical billing/coding?
Date: Jan 14, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been a RN for 19 years and I'm interested in working as a nurse in medi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Coding and Billing, To learn what you need to know to work in this specialty, you will need to do one of two things: Find a position in a setting where training ... read more

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