Donna Cardillo and Your First Year as a Nurse

The Nurse Keith Show

Donna Cardillo and Your First Year as a Nurse

Making the transition from novice to successful professional
July 1, 2022

Donna Cardillo and Your First Year as a Nurse

On episode 376 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, FAAN regarding the 3rd edition of her seminal book, Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. As one of Keith’s greatest nurse heroes and mentors, Donna — also known as “The Inspiration Nurse” — talks about the success of the book to date, what new chapters were added and why, and the state of the nursing job market. Join Keith and Donna for a fun and informative conversation between two of America’s most trusted nurse career gurus.

Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), FAAN (Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing) 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.

Donna travels the world helping individuals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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.

Ms. Cardillo is author of the award-winning book Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to Be Falling Apart.  She is also the author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional 2nd ed.The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career 2nd ed., and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. 

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence.

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