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..]

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..]

Climb, Reach, Fly, Soar

“She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.” Kobi Yamada If she’d never climbed the tree in the first place, she’d still be earth-bound and unaware of her powers.  

Best Nurse Inspiration Blog

Wilkes University School of Nursing has put together a Top 10 Nursing Blog guide on some of the best nursing blogs out there! Recently, my Motivation Café blog was recognized on that list for the BEST NURSE INSPIRATION BLOG. Thank you Wilkes University for the recognition and a very special thank you to all my readers… [Continue..]

Huddle – Up! Your Life Unlimited Podcast

In this episode of Your Life Unlimited podcast, Donna Cardillo is interviewed by Stephanie Staples. Donna is an RN and CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). She travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Click Here… [Continue..]

The Write Stuff

Recently, while having lunch with several women, one of them said, “I’d love to write, but I have no writing ability.” I chuckled to myself remembering that there was a time in my life when I was absolutely convinced I had no capacity to write. Then I learned that almost anyone can learn how to… [Continue..]

Don’t Minimize Your Value

I was speaking to an 81 year old physician who had been recently hospitalized after a bad fall. He told me that in all his years in medicine, he never truly understood, until he was a patient himself, the vital role that nurses play in the healing process. I told him that what he “saw”… [Continue..]

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..]