Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com'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."
Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, Nurse.com's legal information columnist, received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and concentrates her solo law practice in health law and legal representation, consultation and education for healthcare professionals, school of nursing faculty and healthcare delivery facilities.
Resume ready: Tips to make your resume stand out
Whether on paper or online, resumes are the keys that open potential employers' doors. Knowing what nurse recruiters and others charged with hiring want to see can make the difference between a resume that makes or doesn't make the cut.
Twitter.com can help nurses spread messages quickly, efficiently
Ab Brody, RN, PhD, GNP-BC, is an assistant professor at New York University’s College of Nursing. Pat Iyer, RN, MSN, LNCC, is president of Avoid Medical Errors, a Flemington, N.J.-based company dedicated to helping consumers stay healthy. Andrew Lopez, RN, is a Mantua, N.J.-based nurse entrepreneur, who has several social media businesses.
Give Yourself a Career Makeover
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a national makeover craze going on. People are getting their homes redecorated, their wardrobes updated, or their noses fixed. In keeping with that theme, it may be time for a career makeover. Here are five areas in your professional life that could likely use a “lift.”
New grads: You can do it!
You made it! You survived nursing school, passed the NCLEX and landed your first job. All should be well, right? Maybe not. Like most new grads, you probably feel scared, overwhelmed and unprepared for the challenges ahead. Once you’re out of school and hit with the reality of your chosen profession, you can feel overwhelmed, no matter how thorough your education.
Nurses who blog can educate, connect with others, express themselves
Amy Robbins, RN, BSN, started blogging in 2006 to document her experience as a travel nurse. "I grew up writing in a journal and decided to start keeping at least a portion of my journal in the form of a blog," Robbins said. "I had a ton of pictures from different nursing assignments on my computer and wanted to put them on the internet and give them some context."
DEAR DONNA TWEETS
There are wonderful surprises in store when you just show up for life! ~Donna Cardillo