Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo, RN

The Inspiration Nurse
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Program Descriptions

Becoming Fearless in Career and Life
I f you’re a member of the human race, you’ve experienced more than one obstacle, setback, 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.

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

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!

Life Transitions: Where Do I Go From Here?
Different phases of life bring new challenges and rewards for women. Some life events are anticipated, some unexpected. One thing that remains constant is change. And as the nature of life, family, health, and work evolve for each of us. It is vital that we reexamine our goals, our happiness quotient, and even our heart’s deepest any stage of life. Spend a fun-filled session creating a life plan (including a back-up plan) that will keep you energized, engaged, and excited...possibly in a whole new way!

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!TM
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!TM

Why Book Donna Cardillo, RN?

  • She is an Expert Blogger at, the original ‘Dear Donna’ columnist at, and former “Healthcare Careers Expert” at
  • 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, is the Inspiration Guru and the “Dear Donna” columnist at She is also an expert blogger at

    Donna travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals 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 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

    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, 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. She is working on her fourth book.

    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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    “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

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