Donna Coffey, PhD, RN

  • Associate Professor
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
    School of Nursing
    Baton Rouge Center
    4849 Essen Lane
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
  • PHONE: (225)-765-2324 Ext. 241
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  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University
  • M.S.N. Northwestern State University
  • B.S.N. Northwestern State University

Licensure and Board Certifications

  • Certification NAACOG, In House Obstetrics
  • Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University

Honors & Awards

  • Nurse Educator Honoree, Baton Rouge District Nurses Association.
  • Inducted to membership: Louisiana College Nursing Honor Society
  • Inducted to membership: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Nu Tau Chapter,
  • Inducted to membership: Southeastern Louisiana University Nursing Honor Society
  • inducted as charter member: Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Rho Zeta

Professional Affiliations

  • ANA
  • Louisiana State Nurses' Association
  • Baton Rouge District Nurses’ Association
  • Rho Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Research Interest

  • Students in a Second Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Program
  • Experiences of Faculty of a Second Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Program
  • Supervision of Second Degree Prepared Registered Nurses in an Acute Care Facility

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Hathorn, D., Carruth, A.K., Agosta, L., & Pryor, S. (2009). Self reported back pain among farm women in southeast Louisiana. AAOHN, 57(6), 232-238. 
  • Hathorn, D., Machtmes, K., Tillman, K.  (2009).  The lived experience of nurses working with student nurses in the clinical environment.  The Qualitative Report. 14(2), 227-244.
  • Tillman, K., Machtmes, K. & Hathorn, D.  (2008). Masculinity: Consider the myths and realities for men in nursing. Journal of Men in Nursing. 3(1), 23-28.
  • “Perceptions of Nursing Faculty in Teaching Second Degree Nursing Students.” Connnie Logan Research, Rho Zeta Chapter STTI, Research Conference. 2011.
  • “Nursing Supervisors Comparison of Second Degree BSN-RNs and Traditional BSN- RNs to Job Performance” Dr. Linda Corson Jones Research Day, Metairie, LA. 2011.
  • “Teaching Methods to Promote Competence in clinical Nursing Practice”.  One hour group discussion topic.  7th US-Russian Nursing Conference. 2009.  US-Russian Nurses: Promoting Health Through the Global Nursing Community.
  • “The Lived Experience of American and Honduran Nursing Students Working Together:  A Model for Nursing Study Abroad” Contributing author, 40th Biennial Convention of STTI Honor Society of Nursing. 2009.
  • Hathorn, D., “Self-reported back pain in farm women from Southeastern Louisiana”  Dr. Connie S. Logan Research Day “Linking Research to practice: connecting Globally Through Knowledge”. 2009.

Selected Funded Projects and Research

  • Pediatric and Obstetrical Simulation Enhancement. CITI. 2009.
  • Budgetary Support for Data Collection and Analysis.  Faculty Development Grant. 2008.
  • Hi-Fi Nursing Simulation Equipment. CITI Grant. 2008.
  • Enhancing Student Nuses Assessment Skills for the Newborn.  Teaching Enhancement Grant. 2007.



Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing