Title The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses, 2/e
Subtitle Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career
Author Donna Will Cardillo
ISBN 9781947800120
List price USD 29.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 290
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher American Nurses Association (Eurospan Group)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Whether you are just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, this book offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, you’ll need a lot of skills and knowledge beyond the clinical realm for a satisfying and fulfilling career.

Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career development and advancement as well as personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, she gently nudges readers to maximize their career opportunities and to reach their full potential as nurses.

You will discover how to:

  • Reenergize your nursing career.
  • Get the most out of your current position.
  • Identify transferable skills.
  • Decide what you really want to do.
  • Discover and develop your own unique talents and skill set.
  • Avail yourself of all that nursing has to offer.
  • Write a winning resume and interview like a pro.
  • Overcome challenges, take career risks, and make decisions.
  • Build professional support systems.
  • Explore career options.
No matter where you are in your career, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses will help you get the most out of your career and love what you do!




Chapter 1. This Profession We Call Nursing • What Is a Nurse? • Changing Times • Changing Workforce • One Nurse’s Journey • Expanding My Horizons • Just a Nurse?

Chapter 2. Everyday Career Management • Join a Professional Association • Membership Has Its Rewards • Go to a Meeting • Find a Committee and Join • Don’t Miss Live Events • Go to an Awards Ceremony • Seek an Elected Position • Usual Objections to Joining Professional Associations • Work on Your Education • Usual Objections to More Schooling • Frequently Asked Questions • Ongoing Education and Training • Casting a Wide Net • Increasing Your Networking Opportunities • Usual Objections to Networking

Chapter 3. Where Do I Go from Here? • All About You • Skills • Attributes • Self-Assessment • Question 1: What Do I Enjoy Doing? • Question 2: What Am I Good At? • Question 3: What Am I Interested In? • Question 4: What Transferable Skills Do I Have? • Question 5: What Areas Do I Need and Want to Improve In? • Question 6: What Would My Ideal Work Environment Be Like? • Finding Your Niche • Accumulate Experiences • Use Professional Associations as Training Grounds • Showcase Your Special Talents and Interests • Use Volunteering as a Career Management Tool • Explore Career Options • Counselors and Coaches • Mentors, Role Models, and Advisors • Letting the Universe Work for You • Challenges to Moving Forward • The Fear Factor • Excuses, Excuses, Excuses • Indecision • Risk Avoidance

Chapter 4. Looking for Your Next Job • Networking—Your Best Choice • First Things First • Who Ya Gonna Call? • Get Yourself Out There and Be Visible • Informational Interviewing • Common Misgivings • The Classified Ads • Direct Mail Campaign • Marketing Letter Basics • Getting Some Help • Professional Recruiters • Staffing and Employment Agencies • Career Management and Outplacement Firms • Using Volunteering as a Job Search Tool • Some Additional Job-Finding Tips • Sample Letter of Introduction for Informational Interviewing • Sample Marketing Letter • Sample Letter One • Sample Letter Two

Chapter 5. Your Résumé • Format • Chronological • Functional • Combination • Layout and Writing Style • Use a Bulleted Format • Make It Lively • Brevity Is Key • Use Clear Headings • Be Clear and Specific • Résumé Content • Be Selective • Expand Your Vision • Spell It Out • Show Progression of Responsibility • Focus on the Here and Now • Pump It Up with Numbers • Show Results • Don’t Repeat Yourself • Key Elements • Identifying Information • Objective versus Summary • Employer Information • Your Title • Position Overview • Employment Dates • Categories • Licenses and Certifications • Education • Special Skills • Awards and Honors • Professional Affiliations • Publications • Presentations • Volunteer and Community Work • Military Service • What Not to Put on Your Résumé • Appearance • Paper • Color • Print • Character Size and Style • Length • Margins • Special Situations • The Mature Nurse • The Newly Licensed Nurse • The Student Nurse • How to Develop and Update Your Résumé • Step 1. Gather Pertinent Information • Step 2. Write It All Down • Step 3. Seek Input from Others • Step 4. Choose a Format and Lay It Out • Step 5. Craft the Wording • Step 6. Let It Rest, Then Edit • Step 7. Go Over It with a Fine-Toothed Comb • Frequently Asked Questions • Action Verbs for Your Résumé • Sample 1: Chronological Format • Sample 2 : Functional Format • Sample 3: Newly Licensed Nurse Résumé

Chapter 6. Résumé Marketing, Cover Letters, CVs, and Portfolios • CV Components • Heading • To Summarize or Not? • Education • Professional Licenses and Certifications • Academic Teaching Experience • Publications and Writing • Presentations • Professional Experience • Professional Development • References • Additional Categories • Cover Letters • The Format • The Opening • The Body • The Close • Additional Tips • Questions about Cover Letters • Sending out Your Résumé or CV • Posting Your Résumé on the Internet • Adapting Your Résumé for Scanning • Portfolios • Start Simple when Putting Your Portfolio Together • References • Letters of Reference • Abbreviated CV Sample • Sample Cover Letter • Sample Newly Licensed Nurse Cover Letter

Chapter 7. Interviewing • Preparation • Ask the Right Questions • Do Your Homework • Scout Out the Location • Bring Your Best Self • What to Bring • Upon Arrival • Elements of a Successful Interview • The Introduction • The Warm-Up • The Opener • The Needs Assessment • Questions, Questions, and More Questions • Ask Questions • Commonly Asked Interview Questions • The Home Stretch • Overcoming Objections • The Finale • Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 8. Interviewing Two: The Sequel • Other Types of Questions • Situational Questions • Abstract or Creative Questions • Illegal Questions • What to Wear to an Interview • Interview Follow-up • The Right Approach for the Right Interview • The Screening Interview • The Phone Interview • The Follow-up Interview • The Panel Interview • The In-House Interview • The Dinner Interview • The Group Interview • The Impromptu Interview • The Video Interview • Juggling Job Offers • Scenario One • Scenario Two • Scenario Three • How to Negotiate the Salary You Want • Do Your Homework • Let Them Mention a Number First • Know Your Bottom Line • Ask for a Little More Money than You’re Offered • Be Prepared to Sell Yourself • Frequently Asked Questions • Interviewing Essentials—A Review • Choosing the Right Job for You • How to Resign from Your Current Job • Sample Thank-You Letter • Sample Resignation Letter

Chapter 9. Special Situations and Career Challenges • Job-Hunting Challenges • Challenge 1: You’re Sending Out Résumés but Not Getting Responses • Challenge 2: You’re Going on Interviews but Not Getting Any Offers • Challenge 3: Never Hearing Back • Assimilating into a New Position, Workplace, or Specialty • Changing Specialties • Transitioning from Traditional to Nontraditional Nursing • Roles • Going from Expert to Novice • Additional Strategies • Going into Advanced Practice • Moving into Management • Phases of a Nurse’s Career • Student Nurse • New Graduate • Newly Licensed Nurse • The Second-Career New Nurse • Older Nurses • Retiring • Special Situations • Returning to the Workforce • Returning to Bedside Nursing • Nurses with Disabilities • Overcoming a Difficult Past • Additional Questions

Chapter 10. The Finishing Touches • Learn High-Tech Etiquette • Voice Mail • Cell Phones • Email • Faxes • Social Media • Texting • Have Business Cards Made • Frequently Asked Questions • Use Them! • Firm Up Your Handshaking Technique • How to Shake Hands • What Not to Do • When to Shake Hands • Cultural Differences • People with Disabilities • Troubleshooting • Brush Up on Your Conversational Skills • Finding a Mentor • Getting Started • What to Look For • Where to Look • How to Initiate the Relationship • How to Be a Good Protégé • Additional Considerations • Put Yourself First • Find Respite in Your Day • Rediscover Yourself • Get Physical • Use Relaxation Techniques • Stop Apologizing All the Time • Learn to Take a Compliment • Don’t Be Self-Deprecating • Act Confident Even If You Don’t Feel Confident • Create a Professional Image • Conclusion

Resources • References • Recommended Reading • National Nursing Organizations • Specialty Nursing Associations* • Advanced Practice Nursing Associations* • ANA State Nurses Associations • Additional State Nurses Association • Special Interest Groups* • International Nursing Associations


About the Author

About the Author:

Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is The Inspiration Nurse. She travels the world helping individuals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Donna holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication. She is an Expert Blogger at DoctorOz.com, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at Nurse.com, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at Monster.com.

Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women. Donna was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Donna appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has published numerous articles. Donna has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions.

Donna’s most recent book Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to Be Falling Apart was published in the spring of 2016. She is also the author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career, and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

Donna is a founding member and past president of both the New Jersey chapters of both the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers. This makes her one of only 10% of all speakers to hold this designation and one of only 20 nurses in the world with this credential.

Donna is a volunteer lecturer and facilitator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When she is at her home base in Sea Girt, NJ, she serves as a local spokesperson for family caregivers.


  • National Speakers Association
  • National Association of Women Business Owners and its International affiliates
  • American Nurses Association
  • New Jersey League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International–Honor Society for Nurses
  • National Nurses in Business Association

Target Audience:

This book is intended for Students and academicians of Nursing.



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