This week marks National Nurses Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the tremendous work nurses countrywide are putting in.
In honor of Nurses Week, here at Soliant we are celebrating by sharing with you a small group of nurses who have not only been inspiring their patients, but who have also been inspiring others far and wide through their blogs.
Today our inspiring blogging nurse is Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP. Inspirational nurse over DonnaCardillo.com, the ‘Dear Donna’ advice columnist at Nurse.com, Expert blogger at DrOz.com, keynote speaker, humorist, and master motivator. Donna travels the works helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She is author of The ULTIMATE Career Guide for nurses, Your 1st Year as a Nurse, and A Daybook for Beginning Nurses.
Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?
I’ve been a nurse for 40 years. I always loved science and wanted to help people so nursing was a natural direction for me to go in. Plus I was a candy striper in high school and fell in love with the hospital environment and the work done there. I’ve worked in both traditional and non-traditional nursing roles over the years. I have been a nurse entrepreneur for the last 20 years since starting DonnaCardillo.com and offering seminars, retreats and educational programs and products for nurses.
What do you find the most satisfying thing about your profession?
I know I am making a positive impact on the world every day. I am doing my part.
And the most frustrating?
That so many people think nurses are merely assistants to physicians.
Is there anything that stands out as the most memorable moment in your career?
There are so many moments but I was truly honoured to be the first nurse ever to be asked to blog at Dr. Oz.com
What inspired you to start blogging?
I saw it as a great forum to share my expertise and insights, to educate, enlighten and inspire others… and reach more people.
Is there one piece of advice you would give to nurses at the start of their nursing career?
Follow your heart and create your own path in nursing. There is no one right path that all nurses must follow. We’re all different and there are so many varied opportunities. There are many ways and places to make a difference.