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Career advice: Donna Cardillo, RN, answers readers’ questions

Dear Donna,

I have worked in the same labor and delivery unit for more 20 years. Now my hospital is closing it, and we will all be out of a job. Some of us can apply to work in other departments, but I think it’s time for a change. I just don’t know how to get started. Can you help?

Just Got Laid Off

Dear Just Got Laid Off,

With all the changes in healthcare these days, including where and how care is delivered, we will likely see more situations where nurses like yourself will have to look in new directions for employment. While the process can be scary and unnerving, change can rejuvenate you and your career in unexpected ways. Read “How to handle layoffs” ( to get the process started and take care of your most immediate needs.

Having been at the same place of employment for so long, you will need to update your resume or create one. Although this can be a little overwhelming, it’s a great way to reflect on your career to this point and focus on your accomplishments. The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses ( provides step-by-step instructions, including sample forms, to create a resume. It also includes job transition strategies, such as identifying transferable skills, determining job interests, interviewing and networking.

Start getting out to career fairs in your area. It is a great way to meet with many prospective employers – both traditional and nontraditional – in one place. It is a good opportunity to explore options and get your networking and self-marketing skills up to date.

Read “How to get the most from attending a career fair” to maximize your time when attending a career fair ( See what career events are planned for your area ( and attend nursing professional association meetings in your area such as the American Nurses Association (

Best wishes,

By | 2015-07-14T15:12:31+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Categories: Nursing careers and jobs, Nursing news|0 Comments

About the Author:

Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, 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 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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