On episode 266 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith interviews Donna Cardillo, The Inspiration Nurse, about nurses being fully empowered in their lives and their careers in the 21st century.

Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN 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 individuals 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. She is a life-long Jersey Girl with attitude and chutzpah to spare!






In terms of her education, 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 highly sought after 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 received the coveted Athena Award, an international leadership award for women. She is also recipient of the prestigious Vanguard Award from the National Nurses in Business Association. 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 is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

Ms. Cardillo 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.

The author of many books, Donna has published 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).

This episode of The Nurse Keith Show is sponsored by the University of Portland School of Nursing and their Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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