The Golden Rule of Nursing

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous to everyone whether or not they reciprocate. Offer sincere compliments, thank people for even the small things they do and show appreciation for every member of your department and team. Greet people by name at the beginning and… [Continue..]

Lights, Camera, Action!

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN I always get excited when I see or hear a nurse on television or radio. It’s probably because we’re hardly ever there! But it’s also because TV and radio appearances offer nurses the opportunity to show the world how bright, articulate, and knowledgeable we are. And while it’s… [Continue..]

Is it OK to ask about salary information before a job interview?

Dear Donna, I received an email asking me to come in for a job interview. I’d like to know what the salary is before I go in. Is it OK to ask? If so, should I call or email? Dear Wants to Know About Salary, For many reasons, a discussion or even a question about… [Continue..]

How can LPNs make themselves more attractive candidates to potential employers?

Dear Donna,  I am a LPN student with a bleak view of the job market. I’m graduating soon. What can an LPN expect when looking for jobs? What can we do to make ourselves more attractive to potential employers? Dear Soon-to-Be LPN,  Opportunities for LPNs vary from state to state, depending on the scope of… [Continue..]

What is the Proper Amount of Notice to Give When Resigning?

Dear Donna, How much notice do I need to give if I am leaving my job? Dear Planning to Quit, Most employers have a written policy stating how much notice is required from employees when resigning. If you work in a hospital, or any healthcare facility, there may be different time requirements for professional staff… [Continue..]

6 Nurses You Should Know About

It’s always a perfect time to shine a spotlight on the nation’s almost four million registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These men and women step up to the plate every day and do the hard work that needs to be done, and they do it with compassion, intelligence, great skill, and finesse. Here are six… [Continue..]

Hurricane Harvey: How Can Nurses Help?

I have received many emails and social media messages from nurses around the world asking how they can help in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Board of Nursing has posted this information about volunteer opportunities and temporary licensure https://www.bon.texas.gov/hurricaneharvey.asp A private jet full of nurses left from my home state of… [Continue..]

Have we lost our ability (and our sensitivity) to communicate in healthcare?

While recently accompanying a man who had just been admitted to the hospital, the nurse looked at his wife and asked, “Are you his P-O-A?” We all (including me) looked dumbfounded so she repeated the question a little louder. I finally spoke up and said, “You’ll have to tell us what “P-O-A” stands for. She… [Continue..]

Ignore the Nay-Sayers

  20 years ago this month I launched my speaking/education business with a full day seminar titled Career Alternatives for Nurses. Fortunately 25 nurses showed up and I am grateful to every one of them (plus the thousands that have followed) to this day. But beforehand, I had quite a few people tell me why… [Continue..]