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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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Do you have any job search suggestions for an RN without recent hospital experience who wants to relocate to New York City?
Date: Dec 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been an RN for 21 years. I'm unemployed, residing In Philadelphia but a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Relocate to New York City, You don't mention what types of positions you are looking for or how you are searching. When what you're doing isn't working, it's time to ... read more

Can an RN who is a Canadian citizen study in the U.S. and get a student visa? Which nursing schools in New York take international students?
Date: Dec 8, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a Canadian citizen and would like to take an RN refresher course. I passe..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Canadian RN, Congratulations on getting your nursing license in both countries! When you talk about studying in the U.S., I'm not sure if you're referring to a refresher cours... read more

Why is it some people don't consider me a nurse since I moved into research even when those research jobs require a nursing degree?
Date: Dec 5, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I worked nine years in a city hospital (med/surg, telemetry and ICU) in the 19..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Feels Rejected, Because you mention taking a refresher course, I presume you have been trying to get a hospital or other direct patient care position. As you have apparently a... read more

Where can nurses network other than CE courses and with RN friends?
Date: Dec 4, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, In a couple of the continuing education classes I have attended most of the nu..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking For Positive Networking Experiences, Although you are not asking me a question in your post, I hear your frustration and presume you are seeking some advice on improvi... read more

What are some steps for RNs to take to become involved with nursing volunteerism in their communities?
Date: Dec 3, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have been retired since April, at age 62. I would like to again work in nurs..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants To Volunteer, It's wonderful you want to give back and continue to use all the great knowledge and experience you have amassed in nursing. I have several ideas for you. ... read more

Do you have any advice regarding finding jobs for LPNs or how to get the job after the interview?
Date: Dec 2, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Do you have any advice regarding finding jobs for LPNs or how to get the job a..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for LPN Jobs, The basics of looking for a job are the same whether you are an RN or LPN. Read "Ten steps to a successful job search" ( read more

If I were to take a job in home care or hospice how easy would it be for me to get hired again in a hospital?
Date: Dec 1, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have worked in various specialties in the same hospital for more than 20 yea..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Thinking of Leaving the Hospital, It all depends on how the hospital job market is for nurses when and if you decide to return and whether there is an oversupply or undersuppl... read more

Should a new nurse include years of experience working in human resources, including a related degree, on his resume?
Date: Nov 28, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a student nurse with a prior career. I have 15 years of experience in hum..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Second-Career Nurse, You are one of a growing number of individuals with prior careers who are coming into nursing for a variety of reasons. So your situation/background is mu... read more

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