A Nurse’s Story

The summer before my senior year of RN nursing school, I worked as an LPN (we were allowed to take LPN boards then after 2 years of RN education) in a county-run long-term chronic psychiatric facility. Most of the patients had been there for years and years long ago abandoned by their families. It was… [Continue..]

Those Small Moments of Connection and Support

A few years back during a loss of power after a storm, I went to a convenience store that had electricity to get coffee and ice… essentials during a power failure! A customer (a man in his 40s) saw me trying to juggle several bags of ice and picked one up to help me out… [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..]

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..]

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..]

In Nursing, Words Have Power

I recently saw a new nurse post on SM that she is a “baby nurse.” I often here that phrase, and similar phrases, used by new and experienced nurses alike. Imagine if someone referred to a new MD as a “baby doctor” (not a neonatologist) or new lawyer as a “baby attorney” or even a… [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.