Nurse Power!™ Blog

Harnessing the Power, the Passion, and the Pride of Nursing

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..]

Harness the Power of the Media

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN Numerous studies have shown that Americans get much of their information about health care from the media. Likewise, what they see and hear in the media, whether a TV drama or a print news story, influences how they perceive nurses and the work we do. And yet, nurses… [Continue..]

High-Quality CPR Saves Lives

This post has been sponsored by RQI. “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.” That popular phrase, attributed to the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, brings to mind what we work to do in healthcare every day. In that vein, I have recently learned of a program designed to save more lives that I wanted to… [Continue..]

Is it OK to ask about salary information before a job interview?

Dear Donna, I received an email asking me to come in for a job interview. I’d like to know what the salary is before I go in. Is it OK to ask? If so, should I call or email? Dear Wants to Know About Salary, For many reasons, a discussion or even a question about… [Continue..]

How can LPNs make themselves more attractive candidates to potential employers?

Dear Donna,  I am a LPN student with a bleak view of the job market. I’m graduating soon. What can an LPN expect when looking for jobs? What can we do to make ourselves more attractive to potential employers? Dear Soon-to-Be LPN,  Opportunities for LPNs vary from state to state, depending on the scope of… [Continue..]

What is the Proper Amount of Notice to Give When Resigning?

Dear Donna, How much notice do I need to give if I am leaving my job? Dear Planning to Quit, Most employers have a written policy stating how much notice is required from employees when resigning. If you work in a hospital, or any healthcare facility, there may be different time requirements for professional staff… [Continue..]

How much volunteer work should a nurse list on a resume?

Dear Donna, Should I list volunteer work on my resume, and if so, how and where? I have been volunteering since I was in high school. How far back should I go? Dear Wondering About Volunteer Work on a Resume, Certain volunteer work can enhance your resume and showcase some additional skills and attributes. If… [Continue..]

“How can a nurse keep her skills sharp and license active as a stay-at-home mom?”

Dear Donna, I want to be a stay-at-home mom. My daughter is 1, and we are planning to have two more babies. I don’t want to abandon the workforce forever, but I don’t know how to go about doing that. What should I be doing to keep my skills and license? Dear Wants to be… [Continue..]

6 Nurses You Should Know About

It’s always a perfect time to shine a spotlight on the nation’s almost four million registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These men and women step up to the plate every day and do the hard work that needs to be done, and they do it with compassion, intelligence, great skill, and finesse. Here are six… [Continue..]