Zen and the Art of Nursing – Seven ways to make the most of each workday

Zen

The word “Zen” is often bandied about. Although many definitions of Zen exist, it’s simply the art of being present in everything you do, giving full attention to each action, each interaction, each task. Unfortunately, we often are mentally on to the next thing before we have finished what we’re currently doing, thus shortchanging the… [Continue..]

Reconnect with yourself

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Many of us have gotten so caught up in a cycle of “doing” — working at a constantly frantic pace in everyday life – that we’ve lost our sense of self. I often ask women what they enjoy doing. Some cannot answer the question because it’s been so long since they did anything for fun.… [Continue..]

Find respite in your day

To be effective and efficient, “disengage” from work, even for short periods of time. That’s the recommendation from Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the authors of The Power of Full Engagement, for people in fast-paced, high-stress situations. They claim that when you work nonstop for extended periods, you start to become less effective and more… [Continue..]

Adjust the view

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We don’t see the world as it is; we see it as we are. We choose to look through our own lens. That means that we put a spotlight on the things we choose to look at and block out those things we choose not to see. Change the lens and the picture changes.  … [Continue..]

Top Warning Signs You Could Be Dehydrated (and Why It Matters)

Many of us walk around in a state of mild to moderate dehydration because we often don’t consume enough liquids to supply our bodies with the hydration it needs to function at its best. Chronic dehydration stresses our organs and can interfere with bodily functions leading in some cases to illness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty focusing… [Continue..]

Donna Cardillo Appointed to Business Advisory Board for National Nurses in Business Association

Sea Girt, NJ (June, 2015)  The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA), the recognized leading professional association dedicated to advancing and promoting nurses in business, recently announced its newly appointed Business Advisory Board. Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, best known as The Inspiration Nurse, is proud to be among them. This announcement comes at the same… [Continue..]

Celebrate Your Own Journey

Illuminated Path

I am often asked who my mentor was. I usually chuckle and say, “I didn’t have a mentor. If I had, I probably would have gone farther, sooner.” But I’m not complaining. For some of us, the slow steady climb is the only way we can learn the lessons we need to learn and even… [Continue..]

Learning Self-reliance

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In the book “Lucky,” author Alice Sebold, who was brutally raped as a young woman, says, “You have to save yourself or you remain unsaved.” That’s a powerful testament to self-reliance and the need to be proactive in our own personal growth and development. We often look to outside sources such as other people, entities… [Continue..]

What Lies Ahead

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Most of us have experienced life events (illness, divorce, loss, change) that altered the future we had originally envisioned for ourselves. Some of us spend much of our time and energy in regret pining for what was. Yet philosopher Joseph Campbell says, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so… [Continue..]

9 Ways Nurses Work for You

I had the honor of being a guest on The Dr. Oz Show for a segment titled “Nurses’ Secrets That Can Save Your Life.” Click here to watch the video. During my brief time on camera, I gave a quick overview of the role nurses play in health care and information that is helpful to… [Continue..]