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I Am, Therefore I Teach

Posted by capcityspeakers on October 26, 2016

By Donna Cardillo, RN

azalea-1294743_1920It is often said that everyone who comes into our lives is sent to teach us something, even the most difficult people. But I believe that people are also sent into our lives so that they might learn from us, be inspired, or gain hope when they had none. Yes, there are times when we are purposefully in that role, but there are many times that we teach, inspire, and restore hope unknowingly by our actions. It could be the way you speak to someone, something you share about yourself, extending a small kindness, or the way you conduct yourself in various situations. If you consider that you have an opportunity to improve, even in some small way, the life of everyone that you encounter, your daily existence will have more meaning and purpose.


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Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 22, 2016

donna-cardillo-bookDonna Cardillo’s Latest Book Now Available!

There are times in life that shake us to our very foundations. We wish for things to get better, fast. But the truth is that moments of “falling apart” are also our most powerful catalysts for growth and change. In Falling Together, Donna Cardillo, a registered nurse, Dr. Oz blogger, and beloved public speaker, reflects on the overwhelming challenges that fall into every life, and the renewal that comes when we are able to meet them with courage.

A funny, big-hearted self-help memoir that takes on issues like divorce, caregiving, and burnout―and many women’s biggest enemies of all, fear, insecurity, and self-doubt―Falling Together shows how to turn the challenges that threaten to knock us to the ground into the building blocks we need to become more successful, more joyful, and ultimately, more alive.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookseller.

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Nurses Can Do Anything

Posted by capcityspeakers on April 21, 2016

by Donna Cardillo, RN

donnacardillobookWhen I first got out of nursing school, I envisioned myself always working in a hospital emergency room. That was my passion and my plan. I did just that for several years until I moved to a new geographic location and was unable to find a suitable ER job. So I began exploring my options in nursing.

I eventually landed a position as a head nurse in a medical weight control center. Within the first year I was promoted to Center Manager. It was here that I started to become aware of all the transferable skills I had as a nurse and all the ways and places I could make a difference. I also began to learn about the vast opportunities that existed in the world for nurses who were willing to look, and step, outside of the box.

In subsequent years I worked as an insurance nurse, then for a company that did medical exams for insurance companies, and later as a test-prep organization that helped new nurses pass NCLEX. I was also the Director of DRG Services, Quality Improvement, and Utilization Management in a hospital. My mind, and my skill base, along with my ability to impact a larger part of the population, were expanding in rapid ways.

21 years ago I decided to bring everything together to launch an education business teaching nurses about the vast array of opportunities available to them with my seminar: Career Alternatives for Nurses®. That eventually led to keynote speaking at nursing events, writing articles and nursing books, becoming a columnist for the largest circulation nursing magazine in the U.S., and blogging for I was now using writing and speaking to have a positive impact on the health of the planet.

When I set out to write my latest book, Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart, I once again had to stretch myself and was expanding my reach. This book is a self-help memoir and written for the masses, not just for nurses. It was scary to step out of my comfort zone, tell my own personal stories of challenge, and reveal things about my past that I had never previously spoken about. But the process, in the end, was exhilarating. I am hopeful that the lessons I learned along the way will help others with their own journey. It is a book about healing, moving from victim to victor, waking from a trance of fear, and finding opportunities for growth even in our darkest moments.

Am I still a nurse in the work I do? Absolutely. Today I heal with words and the world needs a lot of healing. There is no limit to the things we can do. Nursing will take you anywhere you want to go.

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Listen to your heart

Posted by capcityspeakers on January 18, 2016

by Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP

Success guru and famed author Napoleon Hill said, “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is leaves in heart shapebecause they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” It’s so easy to get caught up in others’ expectations and opinions, especially when they are contrary to your own ideas and feed into your fears. But no one other than you can know what is in your heart, what you are capable of doing, or what your calling is. So learn to trust your instincts. Go with your gut. Follow your dreams. And listen to the whisper of your own heart above all others.

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Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 5, 2015

by Donna Cardillo, RN

sun rays

It is reported that the Aztecs worried every night about whether or not the sun would rise again the next morning. I’m sure that if it didn’t they would have found a way to work around it. But imagine all the unnecessary fear and stress they caused themselves, not to mention loss of sleep, worrying about something that might happen in the future but never did.

Worrying is not productive, doesn’t change anything, and causes unnecessary suffering and stress. Plus, when we worry about things that might happen in the future, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate all that is in front of us right now– loved ones, a beautiful day, the opportunity to make a difference. So the next time you are inclined to worry about something, stop and consider what you have to be grateful for in the present. Your time will be better spent, your stress will be less, and you’ll better relish today’s ‘sunshine’.

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Keep the Connection

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 10, 2015

by Donna Cardillo

nurse patient

One of the most important things you can do as a professional nurse is to be “present” in your work by staying focused on and fully aware that you are charged with caring for a fellow human being. That individual has a life and existence outside of the healthcare setting. And yet it is so easy to lose that perspective when you get caught up in performing tasks, following a routine, and trying to stick to a schedule. At the end of the day, it is the personal connection—or lack of it—that matters most to the nurse and the patient.

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