Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Phone: (919) 843-1244
Specialty Area: Systems/Policy/Informatics
Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches in the graduate and doctoral programs in Healthcare Systems and Outcomes. Dr. Havens also holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University where she served as the Elouise Ross Eberly Endowed Professor of Research. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania to conduct research on the organization of nursing and outcomes. For more than 18 years, she has studied and published widely about the nursing practice environment and has focused on professional nursing practice, staff nurse empowerment, and staff nurse decisional involvement. She has conducted numerous studies about the nursing work environment, magnet hospitals and the outcomes of patients and staff. In her former role as director of the Center for Patient Services Outcomes Evaluation & Research at the Pennsylvania State University academic health center in Hershey PA, she engaged staff nurses in research projects at the unit level, directed hospital-wide patient outcome initiatives, launched the ANCC magnet application process, and implemented the ANA Nursing Quality Indicator/Report Card Program (NDNQI). She is currently the PI on a large Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions grant to improve the quality of nursing work and patient care in 6 community hospitals. This project is designed to translate what we have learned from research about the nursing work environment and outcomes into evidence-based leadership and management to improve the quality of nursing practice and the quality of patient care.