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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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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

What type of certification is the best for an RN who is a case manager?
Date: Mar 27, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a RN case manager. I am ready for certification, but I am confused as the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Confused About Case Management Certification, I can understand your confusion with all the case management certifications available. Many of them are specific to a sub-special... read more

Do you have an up-to-date list of nursing refresher courses or can you recommend a refresher course?
Date: Mar 26, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I would like to take an RN refresher course in New York or Texas. Do you have ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Take A Refresher Course, If you're taking a refresher course just to get updated, it should be recognized anywhere. If you're taking it as a requirement to get your R... read more

Would an RN working in an office setting be crazy to start looking for something else because she doesn't feel challenged?
Date: Mar 25, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am working in an office setting and have been in this position for seven yea..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Doesn't Feel Challenged, The fact that you are even writing to me and thinking about looking elsewhere is evidence it is time for you to start considering your next move. And ... 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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