About Donna Maheady, MSN, EdD, NP

Donna Maheady, MSN, EdD, NP 32,340 Views

Hello from Florida! I have been a nurse for over 35 years. Peds is my passion, but I have worked and taught in other areas (community, home health, camps). I am married with one daughter with autism. I quickly became an autism Mom/warrior! My advocacy resulted in writing about nurses with disabilities and founding www.ExceptionalNurse.com.

Greetings from sunny Florida!

I am a pediatric nurse practitioner, autism Mom/warrior, nurse educator, author and blogger.

My name is Donna Maheady (pronounced “Ma head e”). I have a wide range of nursing experience both in academic and practice settings.

Pediatrics is my love and passion but I have also taught many other topics. I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and I have being practicing and teaching nursing for over 35 years.

I grew up in Connecticut and went to nursing school at the University of Bridgeport. I received my MS in nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Medical Center at Galveston. I received my doctorate in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

I am married and have one daughter who is 28. Lauren is diagnosed with autism, mental retardation and epilepsy. My advocacy work for Lauren was the foundation for my later research and publications about issues related to nurses and nursing students with disabilities.

My husband and I love to travel. Our trips have taken us to Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand.

I am the founder of the nonprofit resource network for nurses and nursing students with disabilities www.ExceptionalNurse.com.

Author of three books "The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities", "Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities" and "Nursing students with disabilities change the course", I have also written numerous articles about nurses and nursing students with disabilities as well as other topics.

I blog about all things related to nurses with disabilities http://exceptionalnurse.blogspot.com/ and tweet @ExceptNurse. I also blog about parenting an adult daughter with autism at http://autismolympics.blogspot.com/.

Born to become a nurse....nursing is my passion!

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Personal Information
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Author, Blogger, Founder of nonprofit organization for nurses and nursing students with disabilities
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Nursing Specialties
Pediatrics, developmental disabilities
Nursing Experience
38 years
music, knitting