Nursing-Grad Instruction

Kathleen Donaher

Associate Professor - Grad Nursing

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PhD, Nursing Health Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2004

MS, Nursing Administration, University of New Hampshire, 1998

BA, Economics, Emmanuel College, Boston, 1982

Diploma, Nursing, Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing, 1977


Prior to joining Regis College in 2008, Dr. Donaher was School Health Advisor for Performance Improvement at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She has extensive teaching experience from Excelsior College, University Massachusetts Boston, and University of New Hampshire. She was a Medical Surgical Staff Nurse and Critical Care Unit Staff and Charge Nurse; Medical Review Specialist at a disability management company in Woburn, MA; and Utilization Review and Quality Assurance Coordinator at University Hospital in Boston. She is also sole proprietor of Reciprocal Envisioning.  

Dr. Donaher joined Regis College as Associate Professor in August 2008 bringing more than 30 years of experience in academia, hospital and insurance industries. She currently serves as the Director of the Health Informatics Program for the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, launching one of the first Graduate Certificates in Health Informatics to be recognized by the state of Massachusetts. The informatics curriculum currently services three programs: Master's in Health Administration (MHA), Master's in Nursing Leadership and Health Informatics (MNL-HI) and the Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Her research interest and expertise lie in the development and testing of academic - practice partnerships with implications for delivery system performance. Her work has been recognized nationally, as well as in South Africa (supported by Kaneb funding) and China. Before joining Regis College, Dr. Donaher led the performance improvement efforts of the Massachusetts Essential School Health Services Program.  Prior to that she served as a senior analyst in Quality Health Informatics with Tufts Health Plan. This built on her 20 years of experience working as a nurse, progressing through roles in utilization review, quality assurance, disability management, and health policy. Passionate and committed to public service, she resides in Massachusetts; serving on the Health Information Technology - Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee, as co-chair of consumer and public engagement.


Tuxbury, J., N. Street, A. Lawton, and K. Donaher (in progress). Breaking Down Barriers to Informatics Deployment through Education: the Haiti Project.

Christiansen, S., S. Garman, A. Bowen, and K.  Donaher (in progress).  Apps, Ambulatory and Upgrades: Learning Outcomes of Informatics Education.


Hayes, Glynn, Sugrue and K. Donaher. 2010. Addressing the Demand for Education and Professional Development in Health Informatics.  Poster presented at ANIA-CARING Annual Conference, “Re-Evolution in Nursing Informatics,” Boston, Massachusetts, April 22-24.

Hayes, Glynn, Sugrue and K. Donaher. 2010. "Addressing the Demand for Education and Professional Development in Health Informatics." Poster presented at NENIC Annual Conference, Waltham, Massachusetts, May 13.

Donaher, K.  2010. "Implementing Meaningful Use." Panelist at Academy Health Interest Group Session. John B. Hines Boston, Massachusetts, June 26.

Donaher, K. 2009. "The Competencies Needed by Nurse Managers." Presented at Leading Change: Building Healthier Nations. ICN Durban, South Africa, June 27 – July 4.

Read, M., P. Gilanz, A. Sheetz. 2008. "Evaluating Parent Satisfaction in School Nursing." Accepted presenter at National Association of School Nursing.

Donaher, K. 2007. "Managing Professional Nursing Practice Competencies Inventory." Poster presented at Eastern Nursing Research Society, Rhode Island.

Donher, K. 2007. "Evidenced Based Management Practices: Development and Psychometric Testing." Presented at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.

Donaher, K. 2005. "Human Capital Competencies Inventory: Development and Psychometric Testing." Accepted speaker at International Nursing Conference Second Military, University Shanghia, China.

Donaher, K. 2004. "Human Capital Competencies Inventory: Development and Psychometric Testing." Poster presented at Nursing Management Congress, Chicago, Illinois.

Donaher, K. 2002. "Workplace Leadership." Posted presented at Conference on Creating a Healthy Workplace, Registered Nurse Association of Ontario, Ontario, Canada.

Donaher, K. 1998. "Leadership in the Workplace." New Hampshire Nurses Association Annual Spring Convention, Manchester, New Hampshire.


Donaher, Scoble, Russell and Chen. 2007. "The Human Capital Competencies Inventory for Developing Nurse Managers." The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 38(6) 277-283.

Read, Small, Donaher, Gilsanz, and Sheetz. 2009. "Evaluating Parent Satisfaction of School Nursing Services." Journal of School Nursing, 25(3) 205-213.


Co-Curricular Mini-Grants Award, Regis College. Gusiora, C.,  L. Keegan, C. Davison, J. Pollard, K. Kaur, C. Pouravelis and K. Donaher (in progress), "Graduate Student Burnout: A Feasibility Project," 2012

Academic Achievement Award, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 2004

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, inducted as community leader, 2002

State of New Hampshire, Governors Citation State Health Planning, 1996

Emmanuel College, Distinction in the field of concentration

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