Donna Diers

Annie W Goodrich Professor Emerita


Donna Diers is the Annie W Goodrich Professor Emerita and Lecturer in the Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership specialty at the Yale School of Nursing. She also holds Adjunct Professor appointments at the University of Technology and the University of Sydney. She also does work in New Zealand.

In the United States, Donna is identified with the emergence of clinical nursing research methodologies, as she wrote the first textbook on that subject. She is also recognised for her work on the policy and politics of advanced practice nursing (nursing practitioner and nurse-midwifery). Her work with DRG-based information for hospital data systems, begun in Australia, has informed clinical, operational and financial decision making here and in the USA. She was Dean of the Yale School of Nursing from 1972 to 1985. Her publications have appeared in all major nursing journals in the USA and in many journals in health services and nursing in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She was Editor of Image-Journal of Nursing Scholarship for eight years and continues to serve as manuscript reviewer for a number of professional journals in nursing and health services. A popular public speaker, Donna also consults and teaches on writing for publication. Her book, Speaking of Nursing … Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession, received the AJN Book of the Year Award in 2005. In 2010, she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, recognised particularly for her nursing advocacy in public prose.