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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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How can I get a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old? I am an experienced ADN who is in school for bachelor's in HIM?
Date: Feb 24, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I get into a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Manage Healthcare Information, By HIM I presume you mean Health Information Management, a very popular specialty and growing field. You have a great background and cr... read more

Have you ever heard of a nurse getting an acupuncture license?
Date: Feb 23, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, Have you ever heard of a nurse getting an acupuncture license? It's something ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Interested in Acupuncture, I have known of several nurses who are licensed acupuncturists. It is a natural extension to their practice. Do an Internet search for "nurse acupun... read more

With the complexity of the job market and difficulty landing an RN job, is it worth it to take loans and get an MSN degree?
Date: Feb 20, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a big fan of your work, especially your books. I need your input on my situation. My ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wonders If Student Loans Are Worth It, Regarding your job prospects, it is a challenging time for new nurses to find work, especially in the hospital. See where to look for wo... read more

Do you have any suggestions for an experienced nurse on how to find part-time or weekend nursing jobs?
Date: Feb 19, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am 60 years old and need extra income. I am looking for a part-time or weeke..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Needs Extra Income, Without knowing how flexible your full-time job is or what type of work you are doing (or want to do), I would suggest you contact ski resorts or amusement... read more

When considering getting an MSN, which specialty would be the best bet among nursing administration, informatics and education?
Date: Feb 18, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a staff nurse in a large teaching hospital. I will be 54 soon, and need t..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Torn Between Educational Tracks, What's important is you get an MSN. The specific focus is much less important than you might realize. One track is not more valuable or market... read more

Should an RN, who has not worked as a nurse for 10 years and cannot find a job, give up and move into another profession?
Date: Feb 17, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am an RN with 10 years of experience. I left work to stay home with my child..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Ready to Give Up, Your nursing career is not over nor should you give up or switch professions. You will, however, need to take additional steps to transition back into the nu... read more

Is there a mandate in the U.S. requiring nurses to take a refresher course if they have been out of the workforce for several years?
Date: Feb 16, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated in 2010 from a community college, took the NCLEX and passed in 201..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Delayed Start, It is not true that there is a statewide mandate in New York or anywhere else requiring nurses take refresher courses if they have been out of the workforce for... read more

What are some options for a former nursing student who didn't earn enough credits for a nursing degree or pass the RN exam the first time?
Date: Feb 12, 2015 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am inquiring on behalf of my niece, who graduated a year ago from a universi..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Concerned Aunt, It is challenging for me to advise you without knowing all the specifics of the program she was in and what the actual challenges or obstacles were. If she is ... read more

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