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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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Could you provide advice for a BSN nurse pursuing a career in informatics?
Date: Mar 18, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a BS and a BSN and want to go into nursing informatics. I will start a ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get into Nursing Informatics, You've chosen a hot field to pursue, with a growing number of opportunities for nurses. I recommend you join and get active in the Ameri... read more

Does still offer a course in nursing case management?
Date: Mar 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, After several years as a school nurse I would like to return to work as a nurs..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Return to Case Management, still does offer a case management seminar and has one coming up in New Jersey on March 26 ( Th... read more

Do you have advice on gaining acceptance to an MSN FNP program for an experienced nurse who has been rejected from all programs in her state?
Date: Mar 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Do you have advice on gaining acceptance to an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner p..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Be an FNP, If you have applied to and been rejected by every FNP-MSN program in your state as you imply, you need to find a mentor who can help, advise and support yo... read more

What can an RN with more than 20 years at one facility do to find a new job after being laid off when her unit closes?
Date: Mar 13, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna. I have worked in the same labor and delivery unit for more 20 years. Now my ho..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Just Got Laid Off, With all the changes in healthcare these days, including where and how care is delivered, we will likely see more situations where nurses like yourself will... read more

What can I do to help make changes to better the morale where I work?
Date: Mar 12, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I really like where I'm working, but I can see some of the nurses seem stresse..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Boost Department Morale, It's great you recognize what's happening and want to be proactive to improve things rather than simply complaining about it or ignoring and ... read more

How should a nurse who wants to work her way to more responsibility act on the first day of a new job and beyond?
Date: Mar 11, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna I am writing to learn how to improve my career. I'm Spanish and one year ago I ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Improve, It's wonderful that you are challenging yourself in every way. That's the way to keep growing and learning. You already have great experience and your new po... read more

Do you do individual career coaching or can you recommend someone who does career coaching for nurses?
Date: Mar 10, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am looking for a career coach who will help me decide what area of nursing i..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Getting Ready to Relocate, Relocation is indeed a perfect time to make a change. To get you started, read "How to find your forte" ( The article ... read more

Would I be stupid to stay in my first nursing job, working in an ambulatory care setting for people with dementia and Alzheimer's?
Date: Mar 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new ADN graduate nurse in the process of completing my BSN.It seems imp..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs a Job, The advice that new nurses must start in the hospital, particularly in med-surg, was never right for all nurses. It is even less relevant today as jobs shift out ... read more

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