Tell Your Nursing Stories

Stories, however short, are a powerful way to define and delineate the real value of what nurses do. This piece by Lynn Visser, RN beautifully illustrates how nurses make an impact. “I held her hand, looked her in the eye, and told her the procedure was all over. Then I said, ‘I was there the… [Continue..]

Go Back to School and Change Your Life

This post is sponsored by Capella University. There is plenty of compelling evidence these days to encourage nurses to further their education. And while many employers are either encouraging or requiring nurses to get a BSN, I have an even more compelling reason for you to go back to school: It will change your life… [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..]

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.

Keep the Connection

One of the most important things you can do as a professional nurse is to be “present” in your work by staying focused on and fully aware that you are charged with caring for a fellow human being. That individual has a life and existence outside of the healthcare setting. And yet it is so… [Continue..]

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..]