Ignore the Nay-Sayers

  20 years ago this month I launched my speaking/education business with a full day seminar titled Career Alternatives for Nurses. Fortunately 25 nurses showed up and I am grateful to every one of them (plus the thousands that have followed) to this day. But beforehand, I had quite a few people tell me why… [Continue..]

5 Truths About Nursing Everyone Needs to Know

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year starting on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme is Ethical Practice, Quality Care. The week is set aside to honor and recognize all nurses around the world for their contributions to promoting the health, well-being, comfort, and safety of the population–no… [Continue..]

Why Me?

When we go through difficult times, it is easy to feel sorry for ourselves and ask, “Why me?” This type of thinking creates resistance and only causes more pain and anguish. Instead, try to ask yourself, “What are the lessons I need to learn here?” or “How can I grow from this experience?” Buddhism teaches… [Continue..]

Message for New Nurses

Nursing is the most amazing profession. It will change you for the better as much as it will positively impact the lives of those you care for. It is challenging and rewarding, exhilarating, and at times exhausting. Saving lives and keeping the planet healthy are hard work! You’ll need all the support, encouragement, and determination… [Continue..]

Celebrate Your Life

Today I choose to celebrate my life. I may face obstacles, challenges, fear, self-doubt and even disappointment. But I will take it as it comes, grateful to be alive and immersed in the experience of living.   ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Build a Bridge

Many of us hit low points in our life/career. I believe it is meant to shock us into action to build a bridge to a better life.   ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Humble Yourself to Learning

Some people want to quit as soon as something seems hard or they can’t do it perfectly right away. But there is arrogance in that thought process—to think that you could become really good at something with minimal effort, time, or experience. Humble yourself to learning and you’ll eventually become an expert.   ©Donna Cardillo.… [Continue..]

Keep the Door Open

There were many times in my career (still are) when I had to say to someone more experienced than I, ‘I haven’t done this before. You’ll have to show me what to do.’ It was never easy to say but always opened up the door to learning.   ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Don’t Wait for Perfect

Don’t wait for circumstances to be perfect before moving forward in your life; they never will be. And so much can happen while you’re waiting. Live your life while you have the chance. No one’s path is smooth or without obstacles. ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Keep the Connection

One of the most important things you can do as a professional nurse is to be “present” in your work by staying focused on and fully aware that you are charged with caring for a fellow human being. That individual has a life and existence outside of the healthcare setting. And yet it is so… [Continue..]