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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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Do I have to submit a proposal to speak at upcoming nursing conferences? Do you have any tips to share for public speaking?
Date: Apr 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am interested in speaking at some future nursing conferences. Do I have to s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Speaking, It's wonderful that you want to stretch yourself personally and professionally. Contact any associations or events where you are interested in speaking... read more

What are options for an LVN like me who wants to have my own business? Could I be a health coach?
Date: Apr 8, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, As a licensed vocational nurse, what are my options for getting into my own bu..
Dear Donna replies- Dear LVN Who Wants To Start A Business, As an LVN you have plenty of business options. Health coaching is a great one. Even though many RNs are doing health coaching, the RN creden... read more

What is the best way to address a cover letter if you do not have an individual's name?
Date: Apr 7, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What is the best way to address a cover letter: "To whom it may concern" or "D..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Send a Cover Letter, Use a traditional business letter format starting with the recipient's name and title, facility name and address. If you don't have a specific pe... read more

Should I obtain a BSN even though my current job does not require one nor does it offer tuition reimbursement?
Date: Apr 6, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an ADN and work in a multi-practice outpatient facility. I would like to ..
Dear Donna replies- You are wise to further your education whether your employer requires it or not. You should go back to school for yourself first and your career second. Education is a gift you giv... read more

How can I find out if it is legal for me to provide massage therapy on clients as a business?
Date: Apr 3, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I find out if it is legal for me to do massage therapy on clients as a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested In Massage Therapy, Your best source of information about performing massage therapy as a nurse is the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (www.nanmt.o... read more

What should a nursing student do prior to graduation to improve his chances of getting hired once he graduates?
Date: Apr 2, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse, expecting to graduate in 2016. What should I be doing to..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Student Thinking About Future Employment, This is a great time to be gearing up for your first nursing job. There are several things you can do to boost your marketability and... read more

Why do you think so many nurses smoke, are overweight and don't take care of themselves?
Date: Apr 1, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I see many nurses who smoke, are overweight and just don't take care of themse..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned About Nurse Health, As nurses, we are human and subject to the same challenges, stresses and poor lifestyle choices as the rest of the population. So it's not surpri... read more

What options exist for nurses who want to get out of the clinical setting and still work weekends?
Date: Mar 30, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, One of the challenges of nursing is when you want to get out of the clinical s..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Likes To Work Weekends, You have plenty of weekend schedule options outside of the clinical setting. One example would be doing telephone triage or telephone advice line work ... read more

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