Donna Cardillo, RN, MA

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA

Donna Cardillo is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of diverse healthcare experience. She is the “Dear Donna” columnist at where she doles out daily online career advice for nurses and health-care professionals. Donna is considered a thought leader on the role nurses play in health care in the present and in the future. She is author of The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses, Your 1st Year as a Nurse, and A Daybook for Beginning Nurses.
Known as The Inspiration Guru, Donna is also the former Health-Care Careers Expert at For the last 17 years she has been traveling the world speaking at health care, nursing, business, and women’s conferences, helping individuals to be happy and healthy and to reach their full potential. Donna is a fierce advocate for health-care consumers and family caregivers (her husband has multiple sclerosis), and strives to help consumers navigate their way through a complex and often confusing health-care system.

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