It takes a village to “raise” a new nurse. Let’s all commit to “raising” the type of nurse we want to work side by side with. Are you with me? ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.
Negative words, thoughts and actions create negative energy for you and those you direct them towards (including yourself). Think twice before you do any of them. Substitute something positive (actions, thoughts, words) even if you have to force yourself to do it. Your energy will change. ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.
When I was younger, I was afraid to ask questions. I feared it would show my ignorance, and I thought people would look down on me for “not knowing.” The problem with that was then I stayed in a perpetual state of “not knowing.” Experience alone is not always the best teacher. I eventually learned… [Continue..]
Self-care for nurses is not pampering, a luxury, or an extravagance. Plain and simple, it is routine maintenance for the body, mind, and spirit. If you’re not actively engaging in it, you are not working to your highest potential. Even worse, you are on a fast track to burnout and worse. When you neglect yourself,… [Continue..]
The immortal Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” His point is well taken. The only way to move past fear and apprehension is to actually move through it and… [Continue..]
The word “Zen” is often bandied about. Although many definitions of Zen exist, it’s simply the art of being present in everything you do, giving full attention to each action, each interaction, each task. Unfortunately, we often are mentally on to the next thing before we have finished what we’re currently doing, thus shortchanging the… [Continue..]
Many of us have gotten so caught up in a cycle of “doing” — working at a constantly frantic pace in everyday life – that we’ve lost our sense of self. I often ask women what they enjoy doing. Some cannot answer the question because it’s been so long since they did anything for fun.… [Continue..]
To be effective and efficient, “disengage” from work, even for short periods of time. That’s the recommendation from Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the authors of The Power of Full Engagement, for people in fast-paced, high-stress situations. They claim that when you work nonstop for extended periods, you start to become less effective and more… [Continue..]
We don’t see the world as it is; we see it as we are. We choose to look through our own lens. That means that we put a spotlight on the things we choose to look at and block out those things we choose not to see. Change the lens and the picture changes. … [Continue..]