Donna is a seasoned nurse with 40 years of experience in intensive care, post cardio-vascular surgery, quality management, infection control and clinical education. Donna holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Management. Donna has been employed at Huntsville Hospital for 30 years and currently holds the position of Infection Preventionist. Donna has served Alabama State Nurses Association in the positions of district secretary, state secretary and district president.
I became a nurse to make a difference in the lives of patients, their families, our communities and healthcare system each and every day!
Donna joined ASNA because she believes that in an effort to promote excellence and move the nursing profession forward, nurses should be strongly encouraged to achieve an advanced degree and become active in their professional organization. Scholarly achievement augmented with practice experience will enhance the nurses’ ability to work through others as well as mentor those who will educate and lead in the future. Advancing and expanding the clinical practice privileges and role of nursing is critical to meet the educational needs of patients and families and address the increased demand for health care in the community. Revered as the world’s most trusted profession, every nurse should emanate exemplary behavior, knowledge and skills within their practice.
Over the last 40 years, I have observed many learning theories, curriculum philosophies and paradigm shifts come into being. However, I will forever remain grounded that focusing on the person/patient/client with compassion is the thread that ties all specialties of nursing and our learning together.
Donna has been married for 36 years, has two children, one precious granddaughter and two spoiled rotten dachshunds. Donna is enriched by giving back to the community. Over the last ten years she has composed a quarterly community watch newsletter which is distributed to 350 homes (~1200 residents) in the rural community where she lives. The newsletter includes information on crime prevention, community happenings, and health issues. Topics include information on elderly abuse, bullying at schools, identify theft, phone scams, disaster planning, health screenings, current health topics (West Nile, Zika, etc.) flu vaccination clinics, free clinics, current and contact information for reduced or free medications or medical equipment. She also coordinates an annual canned food drive and community clean-up.