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..]

To New Nurses

When I was a student and new nurse, I used to look at experienced nurses with such awe and reverence. They were so smart, so cool and in control. I couldn’t imagine that I would ever be like them. But here I am decades later mentoring and giving advice to students, new and experienced nurses.… [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.

Ask…and stop talking

I frequently receive phone calls from individuals seeking guidance and information. And while I am always happy to speak to people for a few moments and share some wisdom or encouragement, some callers don’t even allow me to do what they called for in the first place. So here is some advice for cold calling… [Continue..]

Every Nurse is a Teacher

As you move forward in your nursing career and gain knowledge and experience, always look for ways to help and support those who follow. Teaching is a good way to keep learning. I’m not necessarily talking about teaching in a university. Rather I am referring to the opportunity, and the obligation, that every nurse has,… [Continue..]

Making Your First Impression Count

Did you know that most employers decide within the first two minutes of an interview whether they might hire you? Research shows that that within those few brief moments, they get an impression about whether or not you’re a competent, credible person. But you might have less time than that to make a good first… [Continue..]

Staying Positive in Nursing

Use positive self-talk every day to combat the negative chatter in your head. Remind yourself that you’ve already come a long way, have accomplished a great deal, and are a strong and resilient individual capable of great things. How do I know this about you? You’re a nurse!       © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com).… [Continue..]

Are You Proud of Being a Nurse?

How you feel about your profession has everything to do with the value you place on the work you do. If you understand the impact and importance of what all nurses do, you will never question your career choice. Make it your business to understand what nursing is all about. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All… [Continue..]

On Being a Nurse

Nurses often have difficulty articulating the essence of what they do. It is difficult to put into words the often subtle yet profound way that nurses impact lives. It is something that must be experienced, mastered, and emblazoned upon the soul to be truly and deeply understood. © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.

Negativity in Nursing

If you accept or ignore incivility or negativity in the workplace, you are complicit in the process. If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.           © Donna Cardillo (DonnaCardillo.com). All rights reserved.