Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo, RN

The Inspiration Nurse
Fee Range
$10,001-$15,000
Exact fee falls within this range
Traveling From
New Jersey
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Program Descriptions

Becoming Fearless in Career and Life
If you’re a member of the human race, you’ve experienced more than one obstacle, set-back, or otherwise dark time in your life. Perhaps you’ve had a major life event (illness, divorce, job loss, aging) that has left you feeling disoriented and afraid. Maybe your current circumstances don’t stimulate you and you are desperate for a change but don’t know what direction to move in. Possibly there’s something you really want to do but fear has you frozen in place. This uplifting program will teach you how to develop the energy and the courage to move beyond fear and leave you feeling inspired, empowered and ready for action. Participants will learn how to:

  • Move from fear to freedom
  • Create positive momentum in their life and work
  • Discover how to use current and past challenges as a springboard for success
  • Triumph over self-doubt, disappointment and heartache
  • Live fully and authentically

    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! Participants will learn:
  • How to overcome their fear of change
  • Specific ways to build ‘change stamina’
  • How to maintain inner calm in the midst of outer chaos
  • Strategies for personal and career transformation
  • The importance of avoiding obsolescence

    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!

    This upbeat program offers practical strategies for:
  • Keeping a fresh perspective year after year
  • Creating, innovating and inspiring when those around you are wilting
  • Staying energized and focused in the midst of chaos
  • The power of disengagement – what it is and how to do it
  • Formulating a dynamic for future success

    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!

    Participants will learn:
  • What they already have going for them
  • How nurses have already changed the face of healthcare
  • How to be a nursing advocate
  • Techniques for assertive behavior/communication
  • Strategies for elevating the profession to new heights

    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!

    Participants will learn:
  • What’s in store for the healthcare delivery system over the next 20 years
  • Why nursing must reinvent itself
  • How nursing will evolve into a ‘superpower’ in healthcare
  • Which behaviors, mindsets, and patterns no longer serve us
  • How to get in shape to meet the challenges – and opportunities – of the future

    Passionate Leadership: Soaring to New Heights
    Today’s leaders are challenged like never before. At the same time they are in a unique position to have greater impact on the future of their industry. 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 The Inspiration Nurse and get primed, pumped-up and supercharged for the coming decade!

    Participants will learn how to:
  • Identify and avoid the perils and pitfalls of being an experienced leader
  • Become stronger by softening yourself
  • Create physical and emotional accessibility
  • Stay relevant and inspired year after year
  • Self-management strategies to support your success

    Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™
    Whether your passion for nursing is fired up or has fizzled out, Empowered Nurse, Enlightened Practice™ is for you! It has been created to empower, energize, and enlighten you for future success.

    It is being offered in a setting that will provide an opportunity for individual disengagement (detaching from everyday work and life), relaxation, reassessment and planning, and recharging.

    Workshop objectives:
  • Honor, value and celebrate your career path and each other
  • Heal and renew the healer within
  • Build confidence and personal power ‬
  • Why Book Donna Cardillo, RN?

  • She is an Expert Blogger at DoctorOz.com, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at Nurse.com, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at Monster.com.
  • She travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential.


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    Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP is The Inspiration Nurse. She is a powerhouse of energy, wisdom, humor, and solid content and has been referred to as a positive force of nature who lights a path for others to follow. She is an expert blogger at DoctorOz.com and the original “Dear Donna” columnist at Nurse.com.

    Donna travels the world inspiring and empowering women and healthcare professionals to move beyond fear and live and work to their highest potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Her accomplished career combines over 25 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. She was formerly known as the “Healthcare Careers Expert” at Monster.com. She holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers. Only 10% of all speakers hold this designation. She is one of only 20 nurses in the world with this credential.

    Donna has twice been named NJ Business Woman of the Year 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 Doctor Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times.

    Donna is author of the books, Falling Together–How to Find Balance, Joy and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart, 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, and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

    Donna is a founding member and past president of the NJ Chapters of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

    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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    Reviews

    “I just want to thank you for delivering such an inspiring talk at the Governor’s Conference on Women. You were engaging and humorous, but your biggest strength was your message. It was powerful and honest—words that can only be spoken by someone who has lived to tell the story. Thanks for being a beacon of light!”
    --Conference Attendee

    “Thank you, thank you and thank you for the joy you brought to so many. Verbal feedback was extremely positive; and the written evaluations certainly confirm that with numerous positive comments like “she is great,” “excellent speaker,” love her,” “great catch,” “inspirational,” “very fun & energetic,” and “thoroughly enjoyed this speaker,” just to cite a few. The planning team and I are just thrilled with how everything went so smoothly."
    --SETON Family of Hospitals

    “Your ability to identify the struggles and challenges we are all facing in healthcare, and share realistic approaches to help us deal with these challenges, was really quite amazing! You have been able to give us clear guidance in navigating our future with many issues, including those of the heart. Thank you for your time, good humor, warmth, and professionalism.”
    --Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

    “Thank you for a magnificent presentation. Your seminar was just what we needed; engaging, encouraging and packed full with vital information that was timely and specific. You did all this in a style that was dynamic and of good humor. You immediately built trust and everyone felt your genuine friendship.”
    --Catholic Medical Center

    "We thought she was great. She delivered the message our nurses need to hear and she tailored her message to our brand of nursing more than previous keynotes have even tried to. We heard wonderful feedback from our attendees and of course she is a lovely person to work with, very professional and kind."
    --American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination

    “Thank you for providing us with excellent presentations for Nurses’ week this year. The feedback we received from staff was very positive! Your ability to identify the struggles and challenges we are all facing in healthcare, and share realistic approaches to help us deal with these challenges, was really quite amazing! You have been able to give us clear guidance in navigating our future with many issues, including those of the heart. Thank you for your time, good humor, warmth, and professionalism.”
    --Patient Care Director Behavioral Health, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

    "Thank you, thank you and thank you for the joy you brought to so many in Austin last Friday. I am SO pleased that you joined us for our annual Nursing Symposium and contributed in a significant way to the success that day. Verbal feedback was extremely positive; and the written evaluations certainly confirm that with numerous positive comments like “she is great,” “excellent speaker,” love her,” “great catch,” “inspirational,” “very fun & energetic,” and “thoroughly enjoyed this speaker,” just to cite a few. The planning team and I are just thrilled with how everything went so smoothly. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Texas and that you will join us again in the future."
    --SETON Family of Hospitals

    "I just want to thank you for delivering such an inspiring talk at the Governor’s Conference on Women last week. You were engaging and humorous, but your biggest strength was your message. It was powerful and honest—words that can only be spoken by someone who has lived to tell the story. Again, thanks for being a beacon of light!"
    --Michelle Maccia

    “You are such an informative and dynamic speaker. Your commitment to motivating health care professionals is clearly noted throughout your presentation. You are a very warm, caring, and exceptional person. We applaud you and thank you.”
    --Vice President of Patient Care Services and Administrator

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