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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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Is it appropriate to drop off a resume to HR?
Date: May 29, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new nurse trying to find a hospital job. Is it appropriate to drop off ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear New Nurse, It is generally not advisable to show up in-person at a hospital without an appointment. For starters, you may not be permitted to go to the human resources departm... read more

Where can I find information about life care planning?
Date: May 28, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Where can I find information about life care planning? I'm looking for somethi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interest in Life Care Planning, Your best source of information is the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners ( Although certification is offered, i... read more

If I can't do nursing because I'm burned out, what else can I do?
Date: May 27, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am starting to feel burned out in my career. Honestly, I thought this was so..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feeling Burned Out, Don't panic. Burnout is caused by many possible factors, all of which can be cured. So let's explore those. Burnout commonly occurs when we constantly expe... read more

How do I find a new job in a new state?
Date: May 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I've been in the field of substance abuse at the same place for 32 years. I ha..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Same Place for 32 Years. It sounds like it's time for a change. Start making plans now to process your retirement, give notice at your current place of employment as some empl... read more

How can an RN with license stipulations get a job?
Date: May 25, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an experienced nurse with a stipulation on my license that started in 200..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Nurse with a Stipulation It is always challenging for me to respond to this type of question without knowing all the details and the players. But based on what you shared abou... read more

How do I make a good impression after an interview?
Date: May 22, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Besides sending a thank you note, is there anything else I should do after an ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Leave a Good Impression, Follow-up after an interview is just as important as the preparation and interview itself. Sending a typed thank you note is a must. But in t... read more

What do I have to do to call myself a consultant?
Date: May 21, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, What do I have to do to call myself a consultant? Do I need a business license..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Consulting, You don't mention what type of consulting you are interested in doing but technically speaking, anyone can call themselves a consultant. The word con... read more

How can a home care nurse check on crime in specific areas?
Date: May 20, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, For my home care job, I have to go in very high crime areas alone in large apa..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Home Care Nurse, Have you asked your home care agency if they have this information to share with you? If they do not have or keep this information, check with your local poli... read more

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*Due to the sheer volume of questions received, Donna Cardillo cannot answer every question or respond privately to any questions. All questions answered will appear on, and some may be printed in Gannett Healthcare Group publications. Last names and e-mail addresses will be omitted.
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