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..]

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..]

Why Me?

When we go through difficult times, it is easy to feel sorry for ourselves and ask, “Why me?” This type of thinking creates resistance and only causes more pain and anguish. Instead, try to ask yourself, “What are the lessons I need to learn here?” or “How can I grow from this experience?” Buddhism teaches… [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.

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.

Ask Questions

When I was younger, I was afraid to ask questions. I feared it would show my ignorance, and I thought people would look down on me for “not knowing.” The problem with that was then I stayed in a perpetual state of “not knowing.” Experience alone is not always the best teacher. I eventually learned… [Continue..]

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..]

Celebrate Your Own Journey

I am often asked who my mentor was. I usually chuckle and say, “I didn’t have a mentor. If I had, I probably would have gone farther, sooner.” But I’m not complaining. For some of us, the slow steady climb is the only way we can learn the lessons we need to learn and even… [Continue..]