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Product Details

  • Series: Your First Year
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 2 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591746
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donna Wilk Cardillo, R.N., whose nursing career covers more than 20 years, is president of Cardillo & Associates. One of the country's leading experts on nursing career management, she lives in Wall, New Jersey.

Customer Reviews

Thanks for a readable, helpful book!
Dorothy D.
This book has helpful hints and advice on how to network to find a job, communicate with physicians/co-workers, and survive your first year.
ciaobella504
This is a fabulous book, a great resource for any nursing student preparing to enter into the nursing workforce.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ciaobella504 on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nursing is my second degree and my RN program was an accelerated one that lasted only 10 months. I did not have years to assimilate into the nursing culture. This book has helpful hints and advice on how to network to find a job, communicate with physicians/co-workers, and survive your first year. Basically, this book provides us with info that some of our mentors just didn't know how or want to say! The mini personal stories throughout the chapters are helpful in that they allow the readers to visualize themselves as that new graduate on the job, enabling us to be prepared for what's to come! Most importantly, the book focuses on how to be a goal-oriented and proactive new grad. A must-read for any new nursing student, new graduate, and especially a second degree nurse!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Naina on October 14, 2011
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People may find some useful tips here, but I found this book depressing. The author bends over backwards to present a "positive" picture of nursing work and trashes the "negative" stories going around. But denying new nurses an accurate account of what it means to work in today's under staffed hospitals and telling them to have a positive attitude doesn't prepare them for the reality of today's workplace. If the workplace is profoundly dysfunctional we need to change the workplace. For example, we need to have zero tolerance for nurse on nurse bullying -- not pretend it doesn't exist. Throwing new nurses into these harsh environments with nothing but a positive attitudes prepares them to fail.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lhl27713 on July 3, 2012
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As the co-author of The Real Healthcare Reform: How Embracing Civility Can Beat Back Burnout and Revive Your Healthcare Career, I applaud Ms. Cardillo for spelling out the facts about working as a nurse. Her book focuses heavily on the positive, as I believe it should, while giving a taste of some of the negative challenges every new nurse will face.

Ms. Cardillo's chapter about how to become part of a team is especially well-written. As she says, "Every profession has its own unique, quirky pettiness and prejudices. No matter what you do or where you are, you won't be able to escape it. However, you certainly can control how much time an thought you put into such things." I do agree with another reviewer that the book could have gone further into a discussion of the incivility that is so common among nurses...and that has a long history of denial.

I really like Chapter 7: The Good Stuff which focuses on staying motivated and positive about your career in nursing. Ms. Cardillo reminds readers to take note of their accomplishments, log any positive feedback they receive and map out goals and an action plan for meeting them.

The back of the book contains a number of important resources, relevant websites and recommended reading. All in all, the book offers new nurses an abundance of crucial information. It would also be a useful resource for nurses who serve as preceptors...to remind them of all the issues and challenges facing new nurses.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy D. on July 13, 2011
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I got this book for my daughter who is about to graduate from nursing school, but found a lot of application to my own career of clinical research coordinator - I am also in my first year at a new job. The book really is inspiring and has lots of practical tips. For example, tips on public speaking when nervous, and getting the most out of your orientation time. I found it liberating that she says: you may need to change jobs every now and then to keep your career fresh and relevant for yourself (my paraphrase, and working from my memory). Something I have certainly done! I would recommend this book to anyone entering a health care field, especially nursing. My only caveat is that I am not a pro-union person and I detected a subtle pro union flavor to the book - however not enough to bother me! Thanks for a readable, helpful book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AHomen on March 24, 2011
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After feeling a bit lost about starting a new career in nursing, I ran across this well written and reassuring text. The author expresses her love of the field and at the same time explains the challenges nursing can present. I look forward to the next edition!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VALERIE M ARZADON on August 16, 2013
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Even though I have had many jobs before, my first few months taking care of pts on my own were a bit rough - this book helped me realize I wasn't the only one feeling terrified & that I should not be too hard on myself. Author is very knowledgable, I recommend for anyone just starting out as an RN :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriane Miles on September 2, 2013
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This book is getting me through this first year, both the tough times and the good times. Donna is an excellent resource and her book should be part of your library. The advice she gives, as well as the real-world stories from nurses in the field, help provide perspective and encourage me to keep going.
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More About the Author

Donna Cardillo, RN travels the world helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She is fiercely passionate about nursing and about life in general.

You may know Donna as "Dear Donna" at Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek magazines where she writes a regular column and doles out daily online career advice at nurse.com. She is also an "Expert" Blogger at DoctorOz.com - the first and only nurse blogging there!

Donna is author of 3 books: Your First Year as a Nurse, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses, and a Daybook for Beginning Nurses.

Donna has received numerous awards and recognitions but is most proud of being named a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice.

Donna has been referred to as the Ann Landers and the Dr. Phil of the nursing profession. Regardless of who she's compared to, there's no denying that she has her own unique style, indomitable spirit, and uproarious sense of humor.

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