Author of the book, I Never Walk the Halls Alone: A Nurse's Private Collection of God's Spiritual 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.
In 2019, she accepted the role of Heart Failure Nurse Coordinator. She provides face-to-face heart failure educational sessions with patients, families, and staff. She also is a Clinical Teaching Associate for a local university and loves to mentor BSN students and provide in-services for ASN nursing students from community colleges and surrounding universities. She enjoys helping patients and families engage in heart healthy living 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:
American Holistic Nurses Association
Nurses Christian Fellowship
ANA (National and State)
Association of Heart Failure Nurses
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Association
The Beryl Institute
She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Christian Nursing. She is founder of God’s Banquet, a Christian 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.
Donna has balanced marriage, motherhood, school, work, and, writing for years. She is blessed to be married to her best friend, Allen who supports her in every way. Thankful for William, an extremely talented son who is one of the greatest joys of her life. Sir Duke, the Hungarian Vizsla completes the family and ensures frequents walks and Frisbee toss!
Donna’s life goal, “Do good, seek peace, and pursue it.”