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A fond farewell from career guru Dear Donna

Dear readers, fans and colleagues,

This is the last column I will be writing here at
After 15 years as Dear Donna, it is time for me to move on to other projects. During the last decade and a half, I have answered thousands of questions from nurses, nursing students, those considering nursing, high school students, family and friends of nurses, guidance counselors and others from all around the world.
Many of you have shared your personal stories, your struggles and challenges and your triumphs with me, and I have been enriched by that. Though I have not met all of you, I consider you each a friend and a colleague.
All of your past questions and my responses to you will remain archived on the site, so you only need to search for a topic or subject to see what I’ve said about it.
Likewise, many of the articles that I have referred to in my responses will also remain here for your future reference. In those ways, I will still be here!
Keith Carlson, RN, known as “Nurse Keith,” will take over where I leave off today. I have known Keith for many years and have complete confidence that he will continue to provide the type of information, advice, support, resources and inspiration that you have come to rely on at And you’ll still have Nancy Brent of Brent’s Law to answer all your legal questions.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you here for so many years and to work with
My parting words to you are these: Always be proud of who you are and what you do. Never say “just” or “only” in reference to yourself, your work or your profession. Follow your heart in nursing and make it your own. There are many ways and places to make a difference in this glorious profession.

Warmest regards,
Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP

By | 2015-09-29T15:00:35-04:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Nursing careers and jobs|2 Comments

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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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    Keith Carlson October 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Donna, you are such an inspiration to me and nurses everywhere! Thank you for recommending me to follow in your footsteps here at I’m honored and privileged to call you a colleague and friend, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of providing excellent content, career advice, education, and inspiration for nurses who visit this wonderful website. See you here, there, and everywhere. Blessings on you, Donna Cardillo!

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    Linda Allen MSN, RN October 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Dear Donna,
    THANK YOU for all your years of great advice and words of wisdom! As a registered nurse and educator, I have looked forward to, your column, and that of Brent’s Law to shed light on topics important to nivice nurses and seasoned ones. I am grateful the column will continue, but we will miss you! Welcome Keith! You have some big shoes to follow and I look forward to your perspectives! All the best to both of you.

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