Donna Maheady

Donna Maheady

Pediatrics, developmental disabilities

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Donna Maheady has 38 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics, developmental disabilities.

Greetings from sunny Florida! I am a pediatric nurse practitioner, autism Mom/warrior, nurse educator, author and blogger. My name is Donna Maheady. 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 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 and tweet @ExceptNurse. I also blog about parenting an adult daughter with autism at Born to become a nurse....nursing is my passion!

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  1. Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

    I am so disappointed reading this! Just when i start thinking things are improving...BAM! Your article clearly identified all of the "safe guards" you integrate into your nursing practice. We all learn differently and have different strengths and wea...
  2. Both Sides of the Bedrails

    Ashley, Thanks for sharing so much of ourself with us! Your story is music to my ears. Nurses with disabilities and chronic illness have so much to give to patient care. Some lessons "from being there"...just can't be taught. Be well!
  3. Nursing with a hearing loss: Yes you can!

    Bravo to you!!!! Congratulations!
  4. Nursing with a hearing loss: Yes you can!

    Thank you so much for commenting and bravo to you! Love to hear any other tips related to student success!
  5. Nursing Student: Can a Person with a Trach Work in the Hospital?

    Thanks for asking about which hospital Beth. I have the same question.
  6. Nursing Student: Can a Person with a Trach Work in the Hospital?

    Dear needs a trach, I agree with Beth totally...first you need to take care of your health! I applaud your commitment and continued interest in working as a nurse. Just think of how many people you could have a positive impact on. What a role model!...
  7. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), a learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with an individual's ability to store, process, or produce information. Learning disabilities can affect one's abil...
  8. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    Today, people don't confuse the words...but 29+ years ago they often did. It was a new word...especially for lay people.
  9. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    Thanks so much for the kind words Beth. You are right...Lauren has impacted so many people!
  10. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Your family sounds amazing!
  11. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    So true!!! Thanks for commenting!
  12. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    You are right! She does have many of my qualities!
  13. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    Thanks so much!
  14. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    Thanks so much! She is our joy!
  15. Is She Artistic or Autistic?

    My daughter, Lauren, is a member of the group of young adults who grew up on the evolving autism spectrum. For Lauren, a clear diagnosis eluded all of the professionals for many years. Over time, the spectrum expanded and Lauren landed as an "artist ...

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