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Ph.D. in Nursing, Adelphi University (1987)
M.S. in Nursing, Adelphi University (1978)
B.S. in Nursing, Molloy College (1974)

Recent Courses

Dissertation Guidance I
Dissertation Guidance II
Dissertation Guidance: III
Philosophical Foundations Of Nursing Science
Qualitative Research Methods
S/T: Evolving Issues In Higher Education

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Nursing education,creative teaching methods,role of humanities in graduate education,nursing philosophy,theory and scholarship and higher education

Research Interests

The role of courage in patients experiencing complications of diabetes and the role of nurses in courage development; Nursing theory application; Improvement science and patient safety, Leadership

Grants/Sponsored Research

Network Co-principal investigator, "Impact of Cognitive Load, Interruptions and Distractions on Medication Administration Errors" 2010-present Improvement Science Research Network national study
ISRN Director: Dr. Kathleen Stevens
Network PI: Dr. Lily Thomas

Recipient of an Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant "The role of Leader-Member Exchange Theory in the Administrative Relationships of Nursing Unit-heads and Nursing Unit-members" 2011

Recipient of a Molloy College Faculty Research and Scholarship Award" The Role of Courage Development as Facilitated by Nurses" 2006

Recipient of a Diabetes Research and Education Foundation Grant"The Role of Courage in the Experience of the Patient with Diabetes’ Complications"


Aloia, J.,Donohue-Porter,P., & Schlussel, L. (1984). Diabetes: A Comprehensive Self-management Guide. NY, NY: Doubleday.

Book Chapters

Donohue-Porter, P. (2013). Narratives of courage: The voice of clients in community health nursing. In S. Holzemer & M. Klainberg (Eds.). Community Health Alliance for Care. (pp. 123-143). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Refereed Articles

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Donohue-Porter, P. (2014), The creative elan of nursing theory: Indispensable to leadership. Nursing Science Quarterly, 27 (4), 330-335.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2013), Nursing's role in courage development in patients facing complications of diabetes. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 31(1), 49-61.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2012), Creating a culture of shared governance begins with developing the nurse as scholar. Creative Nursing, 18, 160-167.

Thomas, L. & Donohue-Porter, P. (2012), Blending evidence and innovation: Improving intershift handoffs in a multihospital setting. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27 (2), 116-124.

Donohue-Porter, P., Forbes, M.O., White, J.H (2011), Nursing theory in curricula today: Challenges for faculty at all levels of education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8 (1) Article 14.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2009), Diabetes education nurses handle complexity with care. Nursing 2009, 39 Career Directory.

Donohue-Porter, P. (1989), Diabetes now: Patient education makes all the difference. RN, 52, 56-60.

Donohue-Porter, P. (1985), Infections and diabetes. Nursing Clinics of North America, 20(1), 191-198.

Rottkamp, B. & Donohue-Porter, P. (1983), The role of patient needs and preferences for instructional approaches in self-management of diabetes. Patient Counseling and Health Education, 4(3), 137-145.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

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P. Donohue-Porter (2016, March). Keynote: Persistence & Longevity in Nursing Research. Winthrop-University Hospital Annual Nursing Research Conference, Mineola, NY.

P. Donohue-Porter (2015, May). The Role of Courage in the Responsibilities of a Doctoral Scholar. Doctoral Hooding at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

P. Donohue-Porter & L. Thomas (2013, July). Methodological Concerns in Medication Error Research. Improvement Science Summit, San Antonio, TX.

P.Donohue-Porter & L. Thomas (2011, June). Impact of Cognitive Load,Interruptions & Distractions on Procedural Failures & Medication Errors. Improvement Science Summit, San Antonio, Texas.

P.Donohue-Porter & L.Thomas (2010, July). Preventing Medication Errors. Improvement Science Summit, San Antonio, Texas.

P. Donohue-Porter & L. Thomas (2009, May). Implementing evidence-based strategies for shift-to-shift handoff in a multi-hospital health system. North Shore-LIJ Research Conference,Feinstein Research Institute, Manhasset, NY.

P. Donohue-Porter (2007, April). Response to Theoretical Frameworks of Habermas, Freire, and Longeran:. Providence, Rhode Island.

P. Donohue-Porter (2007, January). Humanities: A Lens for Leadership for Nursing Doctoral Scholars. Captiva, Florida.

P. Donohue-Porter (2006, November). Evidence-Based Practice begins with the Nurse as a Scholar. North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Donohue-Porter, P. (2016). Improvement Science & Caring Science: Intertwined through Nursing Theory. In International Association for Human Caring and the Society for Rogerian Scholars Conference. Boston, MA.

Donohue-Porter, P. (with Dr. L. Thomas) (2016). Impact of Cognitive Load, Interruptions, and Distractions on Procedural Failures and Medication Administration Errors. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Pittsburgh, PA.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2016). Exploring Nursing Theoretical Perspectives: A Collegial Integration to promote Health & Leadership. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Pittsburgh, PA.

Donohue-Porter, P. (with Dr. L. Thomas) (2015). The Covert Dynamics of Medication Administration Errors. In Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). 27th Annual IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Orlando, FL.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2013). Theoretical Underpinnings of a Culture of Inquiry. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Boston, MA.

Donohue-Porter, P. & Eckardt, P. (Prottas, D., Rondello, K.C., Silberstang, J.) (2013). Building Bridges in Leadership Communication: LMX Theory's Impact on Nursing Administrative Relationships. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Boston, MA.

Donohue-Porter, P. (2012). Courage Development: Connections to Caring between Nurse and Patient. In International Conference on Human Caring. Philadelphia, PA.

Thomas, L. & Donohue-Porter, P (2011). Translating Evidence into Practice: Implementing Optimal Intershift Handoffs. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eckardt, P. & Donohue-Porter, P. (2011). Moving Health Policy Forward: Elements of Success in an Interdisciplinary Team Approach to a Research Project. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Donohue-Porter, P., Forbes, M.O & White, J.H. (2011). Meeting the Challenges to the Theory-Practice Relationship: Federal Legislation & Doctoral Education. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

P. Donohue-Porter (2008). The Role of Nursing in Courage Development in Patients with Diabetes’ Complications. Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. In Eastern Nursing Research Society. Philadelphia, PA.

Dissertation Chaired

Agatha A. Anosike (2015). The Influence of Social Support on Perception of Nurse Caring and Patient Satisfaction among Heart Failure Patients in the Emergency Department. Adelphi University College of Nursing & Public Health.

Maureen P. Cardoza (2010). A Study of Self-Efficacy and Functional Ability in Pre-operative and Post-operative Patients with Primary Elective Total Hip Replacements. Adelphi University.

Honors and Accomplishments

Member, Alpha Omega Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Professional Activities

Conference Research Abstract Reviewer
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Scientific Sessions 2012,2014,2015,2016

Co-Chair of Theory RIG (Research Interest Group)
Eastern Nursing Research Society
2014- Present

Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Nursing 2012-Present

Member, International Association of Human Caring
Member, International Philosophy of Nursing Society