Interim Dean and Professor Donna S. Havens is one of 25 Maryland nursing alumni chosen from all 125 years of the school’s history to receive an inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award.A story about her award was featured as a Campus Update on the front page of

Dr. Havens was selected for the award based on her distinctive service to the field of nursing and health care. Her career has included leadership positions in nursing practice, academia, health administration, and research. Her efforts to shape practice for the better have been focued on nursing practice environments since she was in graduate school.

“At the time I was in school, there was evidence that the environment nurses practiced in affected important health outcomes for patients and the well-being of nurses,” said Dr. Havens. “I became very passionate about the quality of nursing practice environments, and I still am.”

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