St. Paul’s School of Nursing-Queens Assistant Dean Named President-Elect of the Amercian Psychiatric Nurses Association, New York Chapter

Monday, May 3, 2021 2:13 PM

QUEENS, NY (May 3, 2021) – St. Paul’s School of Nursing-Queens is proud to announce its Associate Dean of Nursing Kathleen Donahue is President-Elect of the New York State Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association ( NYS APNA). Donahue will serve as President-Elect for one year before serving as President for two years. 

“Psychiatric nurses have a deep understanding of the mental and physical effects that stress, anxiety and trauma can have on healthcare professionals,” she said. “As president of NYS APNA, I want to provide support and guidance to all nursing professionals, regardless of concentration, by expanding our forums and educational opportunities.” 

A dedicated and active member for 35 years, Donahue hopes to strengthen the organization’s future by attracting nursing students from St. Paul’s School of Nursing and other prestigious New York nursing programs. 

“Thanks to Kathleen’s tireless efforts in building a relationship between APNA and our nursing educators, we now have two newstudents in consideration for our academic scholarships,” said St. Paul’s School of Nursing-Queens Campus President Paul Ferrise. “We know her tenure as chapter president will help us further align our programs to the profession of psychiatric nursing.” 

Donahue has served as a psychiatric nurse in the New York area for nearly four decades, treating and caring for patients with mental health issues while advocating for relationship-based care. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout her career, including home care, research, clinical nurse specialist and director of nursing.  

She earned her Master of Arts in Nursing from New York University and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. She has served as Assistant Dean of Nursing at St. Paul’s School of Nursing-Queens since August 2019.