Loving What You Do

I love being a nurse. I have loved it every single day of the 30+ years I have been in it. Not because the work was always easy or because I always felt appreciated or recognized for my efforts. But rather because I have always known, in a very deep and fundamental way, that I… [Continue..]



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..]



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..]



Develop Your Spiritual Life

Pema Chodrin says it is through spiritual practice that we are learning to make friends with ourselves and our lives. Work to develop a rich spiritual life through meditation, yoga, prayer, spending time in nature and so on. Read spiritual books, take courses, go on retreats. Get in touch with your true nature. This is… [Continue..]



Create Your Own Positive Reality in Nursing

Don’t buy into anyone’s negative stereotypes or opinions about nurses. Some people thrive on negativism. Create your own positive reality. You’ll be happier and more successful, and you’ll positively influence those around you. ~Donna Cardillo   ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.



Change Your Energy

Negative words, thoughts and actions create negative energy for you and those you direct them towards (including yourself). Think twice before you do any of them. Substitute something positive (actions, thoughts, words) even if you have to force yourself to do it. Your energy will change.       ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.



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..]



Reconnect with yourself

Many of us have gotten so caught up in a cycle of “doing” — working at a constantly frantic pace in everyday life – that we’ve lost our sense of self. I often ask women what they enjoy doing. Some cannot answer the question because it’s been so long since they did anything for fun.… [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..]



Even Nurses Make Mistakes

“When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~Unknown All of us make mistakes from time to time in our nursing careers and our lives. We’re only human. It can be a patient care issue or personal… [Continue..]