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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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What would help an RN's career the most in the long run; staying in med/surg or moving to a position in the PCU?
Date: Apr 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN working in a medical/surgical floor. I do relief charge and on my d..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Debating Between Specialties, There is no one right or better way to go. Either path will serve you well. The best way to make a decision is to go with whatever you find most ... read more

Is there a time limit in which one has to take their state boards after receiving a degree?
Date: Apr 7, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I completed my MSN-FNP more than two years ago. Due to some family issues, I n..
Dear Donna replies- Wants to Take FNP Boards It is absolutely possible, and necessary, to finish what you started. Usually there is no time limit but some states may have varying policies. Without kno... read more

What can an LPN do to help her odds of finding a full-time position while she finishes school to become an RN?
Date: Apr 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been an LPN for 28 years and I am having a difficult time finding a perma..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a Permanent Position, You don't mention if you're currently not working at all or if you're doing per diem or something similar. The job market for nurses is shift... read more

What can an RN who took 10 years off to raise a family do to find a job in acute care at a hospital?
Date: Apr 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I took 10 years off to raise a family, took a refresher course and re-entered ..
Dear Donna replies- Wants to Return To the Hospital The hospital and healthcare job market has changed quite dramatically in the last 10 years in response to the evolving healthcare delivery system. A... read more

Can a school RN be held responsible for any medical incidents that arise while she is away from the building?
Date: Apr 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I was hired as a long-term substitute school nurse. They are requiring me to t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear School Nurse, For your question, I consulted Fred DiCostanzo, RN, a human resources specialist. Here's what he had to say: "Since the nurse is required to take a lunch break, ... read more

What options are there for a new, disappointed CNM working twice the hours for half the pay?
Date: Apr 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I just wanted to comment on the article encouraging nurses to continue their p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Disappointed With Education, I'm sorry to hear about your current work situation. Working in an unsatisfying job as you describe is not healthy physically, emotionally or spir... read more

Does it make sense for an RN in her 50s to pursue an MSN degree with an ARNP tract?
Date: Mar 31, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm 58, and have worked as a staff RN for 20 years, mostly in fast-paced criti..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Reluctant to Pursue Advanced Practice, Nurse practitioner is one of the hottest commodities in healthcare and the opportunities only will expand. Plus, 60 is relatively young ... read more

Is it true that schooling is shorter and salaries are better for physician assistants than RNs?
Date: Mar 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My daughter is starting nursing school. She was told to look into becoming a p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wondering About PA vs. RN, Physician assistant and registered nurse are two entirely different career paths. The PAs educational track is not shorter than a RNs. PAs generally... read more

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