9 Ways Nurses Work for You

I had the honor of being a guest on The Dr. Oz Show for a segment titled “Nurses’ Secrets That Can Save Your Life.” Click here to watch the video. During my brief time on camera, I gave a quick overview of the role nurses play in health care and information that is helpful to… [Continue..]

Make Mistakes


Many of us don’t do things because we’re afraid we’ll make a mistake. But Vince Lombardi, legendary football player and coach, said: “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough.” The point is that making mistakes is part of life and learning.

To Create Nursing’s Future, Today’s RNs Must Look To Great Leaders Of The Past

On May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, we once again will commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It’s a good time to reflect on her attributes and attitudes and the actions she used to ignite the evolution of nursing more than 150 years ago. Nightingale was tough and outspoken. She was an excellent communicator,… [Continue..]

Celebrate National Nurses Week…and Nurses!

National Nurses Week-Donna Cardillo

As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), it’s a good time to talk about the expanding role that nurses play and will play in the future as health care evolves to meet the changing demographics and health-care needs of the population. While many people think of nurses as “assistants” to the physician, we are… [Continue..]

12 Things You May Not Know About Registered Nurses

National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 through May 12, the latter date falling on pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. And since misconceptions, misinformation and misunderstandings abound about the profession, here are a few points to set the record straight. 1. There are 3.1 million RNs in the US. We are the largest group… [Continue..]

Break out of prison

Donna C Motivation Cafe get out of jail

“Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up.” This is a sentiment that is popular in the substance abuse and recovery world. But it has broad applications for many of us. We often fall into a rut with our life and work and don’t have the clear vision to… [Continue..]

The Inspiration Nurse, Donna Cardillo, Hosts Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ Retreat to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Tucson, AZ (February, 2015) Nurses are healers, teachers, nurturers and more often than not, tend to the health and well-being of others more than their own. On duty 24-7, and often dealing with emotionally-charged events such as the death of their patients, these dedicated professionals often neglect their own well-being for the sake of others… [Continue..]

Even Nurses Make Mistakes

Nurses Make Mistakes too

“When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~Unknown All of us make mistakes from time to time in our nursing careers and our lives. We’re only human. It can be a patient care issue or personal… [Continue..]

Nurses Are Not Machines

Nurses are not machines

Know your limits. Many nurses are working 12-hour shifts these days which research tells us is detrimental to the body, mind and spirit. It pushes us to our limits and beyond, especially when working on consecutive days. And because this allows nurses to work only 3 days per week to accrue full time hours, some… [Continue..]

Nurses Are Always “On Call”

Nurses are always on call

Had to do a nursing intervention in the parking lot of my gym earlier in the year. I saw a woman with her elderly dad, unstable on his feet and down on one knee. She was struggling to get him up and panicking. I went to their assistance and helped her to get him into… [Continue..]