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..]

Zen and the Art of Nursing – Seven ways to make the most of each workday

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..]

Donna Cardillo Appointed to Business Advisory Board for National Nurses in Business Association

Sea Girt, NJ (June, 2015)  The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA), the recognized leading professional association dedicated to advancing and promoting nurses in business, recently announced its newly appointed Business Advisory Board. Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, best known as The Inspiration Nurse, is proud to be among them. This announcement comes at the same… [Continue..]

Break out of prison

“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..]

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..]