Nursing Connections

I recently spoke at a small local event. After everyone had left, I remained, gathering my materials. The lovely server who had taken care of us all evening (she even packed my dinner for me to go) was there cleaning off the tables. She was so pleasant and with a great smile. Something compelled me… [Continue..]

Entrepreneurship -The Road Less Traveled

When I started my education business 22 years ago, I had a dream and vision – to launch a public seminar for nurses and take it on the road. I couldn’t possibly have known where that road would lead me – and what a difference it would make for me – personally and professionally. Certainly,… [Continue..]

Open Up to Life

In order to grow, you have to be willing to be vulnerable. You don’t have to like it. You just have to allow it to happen. Vulnerability opens you up to life.

Do the Best You Can

Life is a series of ups and downs. There will always be days, weeks, and years when things are particularly difficult. During those times, realize that you can’t do everything you’d like to do or do them the way you’d like. You simply have to do the best you can, get someone to help, or… [Continue..]

Nursing: More Than a Gentle Touch

Much is often made of the caring nature of nurses with frequent references to a kind word, a gentle touch, or a reassuring smile. And while those gestures convey caring and comfort, that is only part of the science-based, complex and often life-saving care provided by nurses. Nursing has its own body of research, theory… [Continue..]

Poetry Power

When I was a young woman, my mother gave me a now classic book titled “Poems That Touch the Heart” (A.L. Alexander). It is a compilation of poems and essays from various artists. It has given me countless hours of reading pleasure and continues to do so today. When’s the last time you read a book… [Continue..]

The Inspiration Nurse, Donna Cardillo, Motivates Nurses & Nurse Entrepreneurs at Upcoming Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ Conference

This transformative conference and retreat for nurses runs December 2-4, 2016 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA Stockbridge, MA (November 2016). Whether one’s passion for nursing is fired up or has fizzled out, Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ is the opportunity for nurses and nurse entrepreneurs to get renewed, empowered, energized,… [Continue..]

What are you looking for?

Before I got into business, some women were quick to tell me how competitive and cut throat other women business owners were. I even had another nurse entrepreneur tell me that non-nurse business owners didn’t take nurses seriously in the business world. Yet from the first moment I put myself out there as a nurse… [Continue..]

New Nurse

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was anyone’s nursing career. Set specific goals for the coming year – things you’d like to achieve, skills you’d like to master, challenges you’d like to face head-on that will bring you closer to your dreams of being a confident, competent nurse.  

I Am, Therefore I Teach

It is often said that everyone who comes into our lives is sent to teach us something, even the most difficult people. But I believe that people are also sent into our lives so that they might learn from us, be inspired, or gain hope when they had none. Yes, there are times when we… [Continue..]