Why Gratitude is the Key to Being Rich

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” “Sometimes, we have to witness what others have lost in order to truly appreciate all that we have.” Despite all that we currently have to do without, most of us are surrounded by abundance. You only have to look for… [Continue..]

Why It’s Absolutely Okay To Embrace the Ups and Downs of Your Life

Life is a series of ebbs and flows. There will always be periods of challenge and hardship as well as times of peace and plenty. Scarcity alternates with abundance. Joy takes turns with sorrow. Confidence rotates with insecurity. Embrace the ups and downs of your life, knowing that they are two parts of a greater… [Continue..]

RN Isn’t Qualified to Provide Expert Health Education? Wait! WHAT?

Sandra Lee MD, aka reality TVs Dr. Pimple Popper, recently posted a message on Twitter (see image) in response to a health blog written by an RN on WebMD about sunburn: “Why would a registered nurse explain this? Why not a dermatologist?” (Twitter removed this post, but not before plenty of people got a screenshot). She… [Continue..]

The Worst Advice I Ever Received

Many years ago I attended a women’s business retreat in the hopes of propelling my business forward. One of my challenges at the time was being stuck on a technical chapter of a book I was writing. I was frozen in fear and my writing had been stalled for months which was causing me a… [Continue..]

Nurses are Always on Duty

I had to do a nursing intervention in the parking lot of my gym last year. I noticed an adult daughter with her elderly dad who was unstable on his feet and down on one knee. She was struggling to get him up and panicking. I went to their assistance and helped get him into… [Continue..]

The Lessons of Scarcity

Because of a shortage of paper table napkins in the stores, my husband and I started cutting ours in half at the fold to conserve. That leaves us with a 2-ply napkin instead of a 4-ply one which works quite well. We realized that we don’t really need a whole napkin at every meal. I… [Continue..]

Are You Addicted to Self-Help?

Be careful not to get “addicted to” self-help books, workshops, and so on. It’s great to use them; I do myself. But many people get trapped into believing that they must first “overcome” their fears, “conquer” self-doubt, and “breakthrough” obstacles before moving forward in their lives. There is no substitute for planning, doing research, setting… [Continue..]

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

I recently presented to a group of women and spoke about how important it is not to lose oneself in caregiving (whether a parent or taking care of an ill, elderly or disabled loved one) and that it is vital to maintain something for/of themselves. Afterward, a woman came up to me and shared that ever… [Continue..]

The Golden Rule of Nursing

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous to everyone whether or not they reciprocate. Offer sincere compliments, thank people for even the small things they do and show appreciation for every member of your department and team. Greet people by name at the beginning and… [Continue..]

Lights, Camera, Action!

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN I always get excited when I see or hear a nurse on television or radio. It’s probably because we’re hardly ever there! But it’s also because TV and radio appearances offer nurses the opportunity to show the world how bright, articulate, and knowledgeable we are. And while it’s… [Continue..]