Donna Cardillo, RN

Donna is known as The Inspiration Nurse and has been referred to as The Nurse Whisperer. She has been creating and facilitating transformational retreats and workshops for the last 22 years. As a sought-after keynote speaker and award-winning author, she has travelled the world helping individuals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential.

Donna is the original Dear Donna advice columnist at She is a distinguished fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Donna is a Reiki Master, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Certified Meditation Teacher, and Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator. She is an avid meditation practitioner and a passionate dendrophile (a person who loves trees and forests).

Donna is the author of 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.