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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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Should an RN from Africa, with a New York LPN license, complete the LPN/LVN program in Texas before passing the RN board exam there?
Date: Jan 20, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I'm an RN from Africa. I hold an LPN license from New York but live in Texas. ..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Frustrated Older Nurse, Your situation with the Texas Board of Nursing is unique so you will have to contact them yourself about whether taking an LVN/LPN course in Texas woul... read more

What types of work-from-home jobs are there for RNs with case management experience?
Date: Jan 17, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have 25 years of experience and work as a field nurse case manager for worke..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Work from Home, Many case managers work from home, either for insurance companies or private case management companies. Since you already have that background, it wou... read more

Is it a good move for a newly licensed RN, with a BSN, to enter a DNP program?
Date: Jan 16, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - I am a newly licensed BSN who wants to enroll in a DNP nurse executive administration prog..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get a DNP, Every nurse is different. Each of us has to carve out our own path in nursing and follow our heart. If you are interested and motivated to pursue a DNP now... read more

Can an institution mandate it only accepts ACLS or PALS certifications?
Date: Jan 15, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, My institution has mandated that they only accept Advanced Cardiac Life Suppor..
Dear Donna replies- Dear PALS Certified, I wish I had more details about this mandate. For example, why the change in policy? Is it more of a "recertification" just to ensure that each provider has kn... read more

What are some ways seasoned RNs who want to reinvent their careers can do so?
Date: Jan 14, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I am a nurse with approximately 30 years of hospital experience, mostly in the..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Reinvent Career, Nursing is one of the most diverse professions on the planet. Fortunately you have plenty of options. There is literally something for everyone in th... read more

Is it possible for someone with an undergraduate degree in anatomy and cell biology to pursue a BScN?
Date: Jan 13, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, How can I pursue a BScN when I already have an undergraduate degree in anatomy..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get a BScN, If you live in the U.S., there are many second-degree or accelerated BSN programs for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree in another major, e... read more

How can I find out if a long-term care facility in my area is a good place to work? What if it is always hiring RNs?
Date: Jan 10, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I have a few nursing homes in my area that are constantly hiring nurses. Is th..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Looking for a Sign, Frequent openings at a facility are not necessarily a good sign or a bad sign. There are many possible reasons for it. Long-term care is a growth industry ... read more

How does an RN, who wants pursue further education, find contact information for a now-closed diploma school?
Date: Jan 9, 2014 | Dear Donna
Question - Dear Donna, I graduated in 1986 as an RN and have a diploma, but am running into a problem..
Dear Donna replies- Dear Wants to Get Her BSN, Check with the state board of nursing where your school was located. Tell them what the situation is and see if they have any contacts/resources/support ... read more

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