Don’t Wait for Perfect

Don’t wait for circumstances to be perfect before moving forward in your life; they never will be. And so much can happen while you’re waiting. Live your life while you have the chance. No one’s path is smooth or without obstacles. ©Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.

Keep the Connection

One of the most important things you can do as a professional nurse is to be “present” in your work by staying focused on and fully aware that you are charged with caring for a fellow human being. That individual has a life and existence outside of the healthcare setting. And yet it is so… [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.

Say Your Prayers

Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is expressed, it is never in vain.   ©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.

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.

You’ll Reap What You Sow in Nursing

Consider how it feels to be the new kid on the block. Knowing this, go out of your way to welcome and help new employees and students who come to your unit or workplace. What you reap, so shall you sow.       ©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..]