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..]

Celebrate Nursing – All Year Long!

National Nurses Week is the “official” time to shine a spotlight on nurses. But the truth is, we should be celebrating nurses and nursing every day throughout the year. So how can you get the ball rolling and start the party? Here are five ways: 1. Reflect on all that nursing has to offer. When… [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..]

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..]

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.

Nurses Light Up The World

My cap is off to every person – past, present and future – who had the courage, compassion, and conviction to choose nursing as a profession and light up the world in the process.

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..]