Is it OK to ask about salary information before a job interview?

Dear Donna, I received an email asking me to come in for a job interview. I’d like to know what the salary is before I go in. Is it OK to ask? If so, should I call or email? Dear Wants to Know About Salary, For many reasons, a discussion or even a question about… [Continue..]

How can LPNs make themselves more attractive candidates to potential employers?

Dear Donna,  I am a LPN student with a bleak view of the job market. I’m graduating soon. What can an LPN expect when looking for jobs? What can we do to make ourselves more attractive to potential employers? Dear Soon-to-Be LPN,  Opportunities for LPNs vary from state to state, depending on the scope of… [Continue..]

Connect With Your Heart

Last evening I made a quick run to Walmart for a few essentials. I went down one aisle and noticed an employee, a woman in her fifties or sixties, straightening up a shelf. I stopped about 10 feet away from her and on the opposite side of the aisle, to search for an item. I… [Continue..]

What is the Proper Amount of Notice to Give When Resigning?

Dear Donna, How much notice do I need to give if I am leaving my job? Dear Planning to Quit, Most employers have a written policy stating how much notice is required from employees when resigning. If you work in a hospital, or any healthcare facility, there may be different time requirements for professional staff… [Continue..]

How much volunteer work should a nurse list on a resume?

Dear Donna, Should I list volunteer work on my resume, and if so, how and where? I have been volunteering since I was in high school. How far back should I go? Dear Wondering About Volunteer Work on a Resume, Certain volunteer work can enhance your resume and showcase some additional skills and attributes. If… [Continue..]

Age Is a State of Mind: Four Ways to Stay Young at Heart

I always marvel at how hung up on age so many of us are—even when we’re still relatively young! I often receive Dear Donna questions such as: “I’m 28 years old. Am I too old to become a nurse?” or “I’m 48 years old and just got out of nursing school. Will anyone hire me… [Continue..]

“How can a nurse keep her skills sharp and license active as a stay-at-home mom?”

Dear Donna, I want to be a stay-at-home mom. My daughter is 1, and we are planning to have two more babies. I don’t want to abandon the workforce forever, but I don’t know how to go about doing that. What should I be doing to keep my skills and license? Dear Wants to be… [Continue..]

6 Nurses You Should Know About

It’s always a perfect time to shine a spotlight on the nation’s almost four million registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These men and women step up to the plate every day and do the hard work that needs to be done, and they do it with compassion, intelligence, great skill, and finesse. Here are six… [Continue..]

The Inspiration Nurse, Donna Cardillo, Accepted Into the American Academy of Nursing

Sea Girt, NJ (August 2018) – Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, an award-winning businesswoman, respected keynote speaker, best-selling author, and best known as the Inspiration Nurse, is proud to announce her acceptance as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. This is such a great honor, which is often compared to the Oscars in the… [Continue..]

What I Learned From Being Cheated On By My Ex-Husband

My first husband and I were going through some challenging times in our marriage after two and half years together and trying to work things out (or so I thought). He came home unexpectedly late from work one night, and without greeting me or even looking at me, he blurted out, “I’m seeing someone else.”… [Continue..]