Nurses are Always on Duty

I had to do a nursing intervention in the parking lot of my gym last year. I noticed an adult daughter with her elderly dad who was unstable on his feet and down on one knee. She was struggling to get him up and panicking. I went to their assistance and helped get him into… [Continue..]

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..]

Harness the Power of the Media

By Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN Numerous studies have shown that Americans get much of their information about health care from the media. Likewise, what they see and hear in the media, whether a TV drama or a print news story, influences how they perceive nurses and the work we do. And yet, nurses… [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..]

“How can a nurse keep her skills sharp and license active as a stay-at-home mom?”

Dear Donna, I want to be a stay-at-home mom. My daughter is 1, and we are planning to have two more babies. I don’t want to abandon the workforce forever, but I don’t know how to go about doing that. What should I be doing to keep my skills and license? Dear Wants to be… [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..]

National Nurses Week 2018: 6 Nurses You Should Know About

As we celebrate National Nurses Week – May 6th through May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthday) – it’s the 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… [Continue..]