Every Nurse is a Teacher

As you move forward in your nursing career and gain knowledge and experience, always look for ways to help and support those who follow. Teaching is a good way to keep learning. I’m not necessarily talking about teaching in a university. Rather I am referring to the opportunity, and the obligation, that every nurse has,… [Continue..]

Making Your First Impression Count

Did you know that most employers decide within the first two minutes of an interview whether they might hire you? Research shows that that within those few brief moments, they get an impression about whether or not you’re a competent, credible person. But you might have less time than that to make a good first… [Continue..]

Staying Positive in Nursing

Use positive self-talk every day to combat the negative chatter in your head. Remind yourself that you’ve already come a long way, have accomplished a great deal, and are a strong and resilient individual capable of great things. How do I know this about you? You’re a nurse!       © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com).… [Continue..]

Are You Proud of Being a Nurse?

How you feel about your profession has everything to do with the value you place on the work you do. If you understand the impact and importance of what all nurses do, you will never question your career choice. Make it your business to understand what nursing is all about. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All… [Continue..]

On Being a Nurse

Nurses often have difficulty articulating the essence of what they do. It is difficult to put into words the often subtle yet profound way that nurses impact lives. It is something that must be experienced, mastered, and emblazoned upon the soul to be truly and deeply understood. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.

Negativity in Nursing

If you accept or ignore incivility or negativity in the workplace, you are complicit in the process. If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.           © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.

New Nurse: Create Your Own Path

Never let anyone tell you what your nursing career should or shouldn’t be. Follow your heart. Carve out your own path in nursing. There is no one right way for all nurses to start their careers or to continue their careers. We all have differing backgrounds, interests, personalities, temperaments, goals, and dreams. Everyone told me I couldn’t work in psych right out of school because I would forget my skills. I don’t think I had any… [Continue..]

Hurricane Harvey: How Can Nurses Help?

I have received many emails and social media messages from nurses around the world asking how they can help in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Board of Nursing has posted this information about volunteer opportunities and temporary licensure https://www.bon.texas.gov/hurricaneharvey.asp A private jet full of nurses left from my home state of… [Continue..]

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

While recently speaking at a nursing conference, the speaker before me was trying to make the point that nurses don’t support each other. One more sweeping generalization to put a negative thought in everyone’s head and start off the conference on the right note! She asked for a show of hands asking, “Who has ever had… [Continue..]

Have we lost our ability (and our sensitivity) to communicate in healthcare?

While recently accompanying a man who had just been admitted to the hospital, the nurse looked at his wife and asked, “Are you his P-O-A?” We all (including me) looked dumbfounded so she repeated the question a little louder. I finally spoke up and said, “You’ll have to tell us what “P-O-A” stands for. She… [Continue..]