Keynote Topics

Donna’s Keynote Topics:

For Nurses
  • Nurse Power!
    Harnessing the power, the passion, and the pride of nursing

Donna offers retreats independently (see Events page) but can also arrange and facilitate a private retreat for your team members. Contact us for additional information.

Becoming Fearless in Career and Life

If you’re a member of the human race, you’ve experienced more than one obstacle, set-back, or otherwise dark time in your life. Perhaps you’ve had a major life event (illness, divorce, job loss, aging) that has left you feeling disoriented and afraid. Maybe your current circumstances don’t stimulate you and you are desperate for a change but don’t know what direction to move in. Possibly there’s something you really want to do but fear has you frozen in place. This uplifting program will teach you how to develop the energy and the courage to move beyond fear and leave you feeling inspired, empowered and ready for action.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Move from fear to freedom
  • Create positive momentum in their life and work
  • Discover how to use current and past challenges as a springboard for success
  • Triumph over self-doubt, disappointment and heartache
  • Live fully and authentically  

You Can’t Change the Wind But You Can Adjust Your Sails

This transformational program confronts the inevitability of change in our lives and careers, understanding why we resist change, strategies to embrace change and stay relevant, and how in the end, change will help us to create a vibrant future for ourselves and our profession. Without change there is no growth and if you’re not growing you’re stagnating!

Participants will learn:

  • How to overcome their fear of change
  • Specific ways to build ‘change stamina’
  • How to maintain inner calm in the midst of outer chaos
  • Strategies for personal and career transformation
  • The importance of avoiding obsolescence

Taking Care of You, Inc. – The Business of Self-Care

In the hectic, fast-paced, and high-pressure world we live and work in, it’s not enough to manage our time; we also have to manage our energy. Energy reserves, depleted by increasing demands, must regularly be replenished. Neglecting this need results in negativity, poor focus, reduced productivity, and ultimately burnout.

Join Donna in a refreshing and upbeat program about the whys and hows of renewal, rejuvenation, and energy management guaranteed to make you happier, healthier, more focused, and yes, even more productive!

This upbeat program offers practical strategies for:

  • Keeping a fresh perspective year after year
  • Creating, innovating and inspiring when those around you are wilting
  • Staying energized and focused in the midst of chaos
  • The power of disengagement – what it is and how to do it
  • Formulating a dynamic for future success 

Nurse Power!

Harnessing the power, the passion, and the pride of nursing

This uplifting program is designed to remind nurses of their own greatness and empower them for future success. It’s guaranteed to make nurses feel good and proud about who they are, what they do, and how they contribute to healthcare. Get ready to be pumped up, turned on, and super-charged with Nurse Power!

Participants will learn:

    • What they already have going for them
    • How nurses have already changed the face of healthcare
    • How to be a nursing advocate
    • Techniques for assertive behavior/communication
    • Strategies for elevating the profession to new heights

Nursing – The Future is Ours!

Nursing and healthcare stand at the precipice of radical change. As such, a unique opportunity presents itself for us to take on a larger and more pivotal role in healthcare beyond anything that most of us could have ever imagined. As this new role takes shape, nurses will need to change their way of seeing themselves, their profession, and their capabilities. It’s time to stop whining and start owning our power!

Participants will learn:

  • What’s in store for the healthcare delivery system over the next 20 years
  • Why nursing must reinvent itself
  • How nursing will evolve into a ‘superpower’ in healthcare
  • Which behaviors, mindsets, and patterns no longer serve us
  • How to get in shape to meet the challenges – and opportunities – of the future 

Passionate Leadership: Soaring to New Heights 

Today’s nursing leaders are challenged like never before. At the same time they are in a unique position to have greater impact on the future of nursing and of healthcare. So how can you stay inspired and continue to grow and evolve as a leader when chaos reigns, morale is low and change is a constant? Spend a high-content, high-fun hour (or longer) with’s Dear Donna and get primed, pumped-up and supercharged for the coming decade!

Participants will learn how to:

    • Identify and avoid the perils and pitfalls of being an experienced leader
    • Become stronger by softening yourself
    • Create physical and emotional accessibility
    • Stay relevant and inspired year after year
    • Self-management strategies to support your success

Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™

Whether your passion for nursing is fired up or has fizzled out, Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ is for you! It has been created to empower, energize, and enlighten you for future success.

It is being offered in a setting that will provide an opportunity for individual disengagement (detaching from everyday work and life), relaxation, reassessment and planning, and recharging.

Workshop objectives:

  • Honor, value and celebrate your career path and each other
  • Heal and renew the healer within
  • Build confidence and personal power
  • Become a catalyst for positive change in nursing

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