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Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, MA New Jersey
Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo, RN, is the Career Guru for Nurses. She travels the world helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author and cut-up. Her accomplished career combines over 20 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna's clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing.

Donna holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication.

Known as "Dear Donna", she gives daily online career advice to nurses at and writes a regular column for Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek magazines. Donna is also an "Expert" blogger at, the first and only nurse blogging there. Donna was formerly known as the "Healthcare Careers Expert" at

Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women. Donna was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Donna appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has published numerous articles. Donna has appeared on the Today Show on NBC and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions.

Donna is author of the books, Your First Year as a Nurse - Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses - Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career (now in its second printing) and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

Donna is a volunteer lecturer and facilitator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When she is at her home base in Sea Girt, NJ, she serves as a local spokesperson for family caregivers.

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  • You Can't Change the Wind But You Can Adjust Your Sails - This transformational program confronts the inevitability of change in our lives and careers, understanding why we resist change, strategies to embrace change and stay relevant, and how in the end, change will help us to create a vibrant future for ourselves and our profession. Without change there is no growth and if you're not growing you're stagnating!

  • Passionate Leadership: Soaring to New Heights - Today's nursing leaders are challenged like never before. At the same time they are in a unique position to have greater impact on the future of nursing and of healthcare. So how can you stay inspired and continue to grow and evolve as a leader when chaos reigns, morale is low and change is a constant? Spend a high-content, high-fun hour (or longer) with Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek's Dear Donna and get primed, pumped-up and supercharged for the coming decade!

  • Taking Care of You, Inc.: The Business of Self-Care - In the hectic, fast-paced, and high-pressure world we live and work in, it's not enough to manage our time; we also have to manage our energy. Energy reserves, depleted by increasing demands, must regularly be replenished. Neglecting this need results in negativity, poor focus, reduced productivity, and ultimately burnout. Join Donna in a refreshing and upbeat program about the whys and hows of renewal, rejuvenation, and energy management guaranteed to make you happier, healthier, more focused, and yes, even more productive!

  • Nursing - The Future is Ours! - Nursing and healthcare stand at the precipice of radical change. As such, a unique opportunity presents itself for us to take on a larger and more pivotal role in healthcare beyond anything that most of us could have ever imagined. As this new role takes shape, nurses will need to change their way of seeing themselves, their profession, and their capabilities. It's time to stop whining and start owning our power!

  • Nurse Power!™ : Harnessing the Power, the Passion and the Pride of Nursing - This uplifting program is designed to remind nurses of their own greatness and empower them for future success. It's guaranteed to make nurses feel good and proud about who they are, what they do and how they contribute to healthcare. Get ready to be pumped up, turned on and super-charged with Nurse Power!

  • Positioning Ourselves for Success: How Nurses Can Increase Their Impact and Expand Their Sphere of Influence - This empowering program explores all the things that nurses need to do to become vital players in a new healthcare market. It will provide you with tools that will help you to develop confidence, poise and energy for the coming years.

  • Success is a Journey, Not a Destination - This powerful program will start you on a journey to discover your passion. We are often so busy chasing the elusive niche, we miss opportunities that are within our midst. Uncover the secrets to finding your life's work. The answers may just surprise you and be closer than you think.

  • Nursing - The Next Generation - This inspirational program looks forward with an optimistic eye. It offers vision and hope for the future of nursing as it explores the trends, predications and outlooks that will shape the healthcare delivery system with an emphasis on opportunities for nurses.
Your First Year as a Nurse A Daybook for Beginning Nurses The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses
Your First Year As a Nurse, Second Edition: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional A Daybook for Beginning Nurses The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career

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