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..]

5 Tips to Enhance Your Happiness and Improve Your Health

Ah, happiness. Even simply thinking about being truly happy can bring a smile to a person’s face and the feeling of pure joy. Some say happiness is learned, while others believe happiness is innate. I venture to think happiness is a fundamental part of who we are — consider an infant squealing with delight while… [Continue..]

Observe and Elevate Those Around You

During recent air travel, I had a very short window of time to catch my connection. Plus, my connecting gate was a considerable distance away in a large airport. So I asked one of those airport transport vehicles for a lift. The driver began to bob and weave through a sea of people, many oblivious… [Continue..]

Age Is a State of Mind: Four Ways to Stay Young at Heart

I always marvel at how hung up on age so many of us are—even when we’re still relatively young! I often receive Dear Donna questions such as: “I’m 28 years old. Am I too old to become a nurse?” or “I’m 48 years old and just got out of nursing school. Will anyone hire me… [Continue..]

The Inspiration Nurse, Donna Cardillo, Accepted Into the American Academy of Nursing

Sea Girt, NJ (August 2018) – Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, an award-winning businesswoman, respected keynote speaker, best-selling author, and best known as the Inspiration Nurse, is proud to announce her acceptance as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. This is such a great honor, which is often compared to the Oscars in 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..]

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 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.

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..]