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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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Is it possible for an RN with extensive experience in adult ICU settings to move into ambulatory care?
Date: Jan 9, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for 14 years working solely at the bedside, mostly in the ad..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Help, There are many positions in the broad specialty of ambulatory care that offer part-time and home-based opportunities. With care shifting out of the hospitals an... read more

What else can a new BSN graduate with nurse volunteer experience and an unpaid LTC internship do to find a job?
Date: Jan 8, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a new BSN. I earned my RN license in 2011, and wasted a year searching fo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated New Nurse, You don't mention what types of employers you are applying to, but one of the most important things you need to know is the job market for nurses is comp... read more

Can you offer suggestions on how an ED nurse can deal with feelings of work-related frustration and burnout?
Date: Jan 7, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have found that at times I am losing patience and compassion at my job. I wo..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Burned Out, There are many possible reasons for your feelings and many possible solutions. I will explore a few of them here. Start by reading "How Nancy Nurse got her groove ... read more

Is it OK to notify my employer by e-mail that I am resigning from my job?
Date: Jan 6, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Is it OK to notify my employer by e-mail that I am resigning from my job? Read..
Dear Donna replies- Ready to Resign, It is always ideal to resign in person or by telephone followed up by a written letter of resignation. If you can't reach someone by phone or in person in a timely... read more

When having business cards made, should a nurse use his work or home contact information?
Date: Jan 5, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'd like to have business cards made for myself for networking. Should I use m..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Networking Nurse, If you're employed and don't have a card, consider asking your supervisor to pay for obtaining them. Tell her a card is part of a professional image and you'... read more

Career guru Dear Donna is on holiday hiatus
Date: Dec 22, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question -'s career guru Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 through ..
Dear Donna replies- 's career guru Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Her columns will resume Monday, Jan. 5. Please continue to send your questions (www.Nurse.c... read more

How can a nurse who has been out of the workforce for six years get a job in ambulatory care?
Date: Dec 19, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I have been out of work for six years raising my daughters. I'd like to go back to work bu..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Thinking About Ambulatory Care, Ambulatory care is one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the healthcare market right now so it's a good direction to go. It offers... read more

How can an RN explain a past termination due to suspicion of diverting narcotics during job interviews?
Date: Dec 18, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am preparing my resume for a future job hunt. Several years ago, I was termi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Challenges with Termination, For starters, you do not need to mention on your resume or in a cover letter why you left that previous employer. Of course, you may be asked abou... read more

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