The Golden Rule of Nursing

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 end of each shift, smile at everyone, and extend small courtesies. If you already do this, pump it up a notch. It doesn’t take any more time to be nice. And the effect it has on you and others will be powerful.

© Donna Cardillo. All rights reserved.



  1. Laura Waterman says

    The golden rule of nursing is well said. Acknowledging
    staff and the clients we serve goes a long way to humanize the culture in which we work. It’s so reaffirming and means that you see them as being present in the moment.