Donna Havens, PhD

Dean of Villanova Univeristy's Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova Un...
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Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Connelly Endowed Dean of the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. She began in that role June 30, 2018. Her career in the nursing profession spans decades and has included a blend of roles in nursing practice, academia, administration and research in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Havens brings broad international experience to her role at Villanova. She has held several appointments abroad, including as a visiting international scholar at the School of Nursing, midwifery and social work at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She also served as the Frances Bloomberg International Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and as a visiting professor in the National Nursing Research Unit at the King’s College Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care in London.

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