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 25 nurses in the world with this credential. Donna was recently selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and will be inducted in October 2018.
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.
“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.”
"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."
“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.”