I Never Walk the Halls Alone: A Nurse’s Private Collection of God’s Critical Care.
The Institute of Medicine recommends advanced education for nurses, and Donna has embraced that challenge. She is a professional student!
The journey began in Sharon, Pennsylvania where she received her nursing diploma from Sharon General Hospital School of Nursing (1978). She received her BSN(1996) and MSN in nursing education (2011) from the University of Southern Indiana. In April of 2017, she completed the highest terminal degree for clinical nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). As the principle investigator of translational research, she developed, implemented, and evaluated the effectiveness of a unique spiritual care toolkit that was found to be a statistically significant intervention in meeting spiritual needs of patients and family in the acute care environment.
Currently, a staff nurse on a Medical-Telemetry- Renal unit, she enjoys the role of educator and preceptor for nursing students from community colleges and surrounding universities. She enjoys caring for patients and families and has been nominated multiple times for the Daisy Award.
A believer in supporting professional organizations of nursing, she is a member of the following:
- Tristate Health Ministry Organization
- Nurse’s Christian Fellowship
- ANA (National and State)
- Sigma Theta Tau International
- Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Association
- Member of Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky, Inc. (CPSC) Nursing Research Consortium
- The Beryl Institute
She is a volunteer peer reviewer for the Journal of Christian Nursing. She also participates as a member of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant taskforce at her church. She is co-founder of God’s Banquet, a fellowship opportunity promoting a healthy lunch and hymn sing, bi-monthly.
She has also been an active member of Christian retreat teams for women and teens. She developed Sunday School curriculum and interactive games to middle-school age students, and has facilitated adult women studies. Donna has played guitar and sang with some of her closest friends. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, knitting, sewing, and bird-watching.