Embrace Your Transitions: Part 2

I often talk about the value and the need for transitions in our life—those in-between times when we go from one thing to another—whether it’s a job, relationship, or other major life event. I want to share with you one of my own experiences of a big transition that was so pivotal in my life.… [Continue..]

Embrace Your Transitions: Part 1

Let’s talk about the importance and the value of transitions in your life. A transition is that time when you’re going from one thing to another—from one place to another. It’s that in-between time, that gray area. Many of us always feel like we have to go from one relationship to another immediately, or we… [Continue..]

Re-Open Your Life

Here we find ourselves in March of 2021. The World Health Organization has just marked one year since the entire pandemic shut down and stay-at-home orders were issued last year. That’s quite an incredible landmark! What’s happened in that last year with all the challenges that we’ve had, is many of us who are not… [Continue..]

A Nod to Florence Nightingale

You likely know, March is Women’s History Month! As a long-time registered nurse, I want to take this opportunity to put a spotlight on one very famous nurse from history—Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing, but was such an incredible and complex woman, as well as a healthcare professional. She… [Continue..]

You Are Not Alone: A Nod to Caregivers

March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. Twenty-six years ago, my husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Twenty-six years ago, I became a family caregiver; and, more specifically (in my case), a spousal caregiver. I didn’t even realize that I was a family caregiver at that time because I always envisioned family caregivers… [Continue..]

Stick With It

There is great joy and personal satisfaction in mastering a skill that once seemed almost impossible to master. And while there is a temptation to give up when things feel very challenging, making up your mind to do something and sticking with it until you master it is exhilarating. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights… [Continue..]

Creating a Legacy in Nursing

Message for New Nurses: Nursing is the most amazing profession. It will change you for the better as much as it will positively impact the lives of those you care for. It is challenging and rewarding, exhilarating, and at times exhausting. Saving lives and keeping the planet healthy is hard work! You’ll need all the… [Continue..]

A Great Nurse From Day One

All nurses start out thinking that they’ll never learn everything they need to know to be a great nurse. The exhilaration comes when you finally realize that you can be a great nurse at every stage of the learning curve. It’s not all about what you know. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.

Staying Mindful in Nursing

Be mindful of everything you do. When you are with a patient (anyone), focus only on that patient for that time and be more aware of every aspect of him or her. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing. Even routine tasks… [Continue..]

Nurses are Superheroes

Nurses are emissaries of health, ambassadors of wellness, and messengers of hope. We are protectors of the species and defenders of human rights. Sounds like a superhero to me!   © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.