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..]

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..]

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..]