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Dr. Donna Copenhaver

Donna Copenhaver

EdD (Education), Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
MSN (Administration & Education). University of Phoenix, San Diego
BSN (Nursing), University of San Diego
ADN (Nursing), Jefferson Community College, Louisville, KY

Donna re-located to Nashville from southern California six years ago, and began as a full time faculty member at Belmont University.  She teaches Leadership & Development, Adult Health Nursing courses, and Evidence Based Practice.

Donna’s primary clinical background included neonatal nursing, pediatric perioperative, and pediatric cardiac intensive care.  While working clinically, Donna developed management and leadership training programs, new graduate orientation programs, and preceptor programs.  She has published Nursing Education newsletters at pediatric hospitals, and served as an affiliate regional faculty for the American Heart Association.

Donna completed a Master’s in Administration and Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix, San Diego.  Through collaboration with course faculty, she was offered a position of part time faculty at California State University, Fullerton in the RN/BSN program. She broadcasted her lectures from the Fullerton campus to state university campuses, contributing to the growth of the RN/BSN program.

She continues to work with RN/BSN students at Belmont University, including a new pilot “cohort program.”  The cohort consists of RN/BSN students that are taking courses together and supporting one another in their education challenge.  

A personal note from Dr. Copenhaver. . . . .

Working with RN/BSN students gives me the opportunity to assist other nurses to achieve their professional and educational goals.  I recently graduated from a doctoral program after 39 years as a Registered Nurse.  It is important for nurses to support one another in their professional growth.

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