The Inspiration Nurse, Donna Cardillo, Receives Prestigious Vanguard Award From The NNBA

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Given in recognition for contributions to nurses and nurse entrepreneurs, the Vanguard Award is among many that Cardillo has received while continuing to help and inspire those in the nursing profession.

Sea Girt, NJ – 19 December, 2017 – Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, an award-winning business woman, respected keynote speaker, and best-selling author, has been awarded the prestigious Vanguard Award by the National Nurses in Business Association. This award was presented at latest National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) annual educational event – Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The Vanguard Award is presented periodically in the recognition of a nurse entrepreneur exemplar with a proven track record of business success, impact and substantial influence in the nursing profession. Vanguard is defined as the leading position in a movement and the individual recipients demonstrate this leading position in nurse entrepreneurship. The award reads: Recognizing Your Impact, Inspirational Leadership and Extraordinary Contributions to Nurse Entrepreneurship.

The NNBA is best known as the vanguard of the nurse entrepreneur movement and truly an organization of ‘Nurses Helping Nurses Succeed in Business.’ And Cardillo is a prime example of this. A member of NNBA for the past 20 years, Cardillo also keynotes and speaks regularly at these events in addition to numerous other nursing conferences, business groups, and healthcare facilities. These include her signature events yearly, the Empowered Woman, Enlightened Life™ held at the breath-taking Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ at the magnificent Miraval Wellness Resort and Spa.

Cardillo also appears regularly on television and radio and is frequently quoted in newspapers, magazines, and more. These include appearing on The Dr. Oz Show, the Today show, Fox News, etc. An expert blogger at, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at, and former Health Careers Expert at Monster, Cardillo works diligently to promote nurses and nurse entrepreneurs, and is proud to be recognized as the ‘Nurse Whisperer’ in the nursing industry.

Cardillo is also known worldwide as The Inspiration Nurse, a title she wears proudly as she continues to lead the way showing others that nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself, but also the importance of continuing to grow and learn. Attending conferences such as the NNBA is vital to that effort.

As Cardillo states, “As an advocate for nurses and nurse entrepreneurs, my passion is helping nurses succeed. To receive this award was a true honor and I’m forever humbled and grateful for the work I do with the NNBA and other valuable organizations.”

Cardillo is also the author of four books including her latest, Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart. Redbook magazine recently called this book, “A Must-Read Book to Give to a Girlfriend,” and so many others have agreed. It also recently won the Director’s Choice Award for Outstanding ‘Life Adjustment Book’ by the Human Relations Indie Book Awards.

Cardillo started her education business over 22 years ago and has traveled around the world as a result. Starting out with public seminars for nurses about career opportunities, to now being a sought-after keynote speaker on resilience, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more, she continues to bring positive recognition to this thriving industry. The past president of the NJ chapters of both the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Cardillo was also named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ and twice been named Business Women of the Year in NJ. Additionally, Cardillo received the coveted Athena Award, an international leadership award for women, was named a Diva in Nursing for outstanding contributions and excellence in practice, as well as becoming a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Cardillo inspires and empowers others to move beyond fear and live and work to their highest potential and is able to discuss not only nurse and nurse entrepreneur topics, but also topics of interest on women’s issues, health issues, and business.

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About Donna Cardillo:

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals to live fearlessly in career and life and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, retreat leader, author, and cut-up. Cardillo is also the author of four books including her most recent Falling Together. How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart.

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