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..]

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..]

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..]

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.

It Takes a Village

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.

You’ll Reap What You Sow in Nursing

Consider how it feels to be the new kid on the block. Knowing this, go out of your way to welcome and help new employees and students who come to your unit or workplace. What you reap, so shall you sow.       ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Fill the Well

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..]