My name is Dr. Donna McDermott and I am an Assistant Professor and Department Head for Nursing at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University (RMU).
I started my nursing career at the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing from RMU and my PhD in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My clinical nursing experience is in critical care and medical-surgical nursing where I worked for over 20 years. I started at RMU as a graduate student in our Regional Innovation and Simulation Education (RISE) Center where I began my love of teaching, simulation, and working with our students. I’m so happy and fortunate to now be part of this RMU team of outstanding nursing faculty!
I remain very involved in simulation education and research and am a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. I am a member of the Research Committee at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and frequently review for the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal. I also serve as an INACSL Nurse Planner and will be a member of the INACSL Standards Committee, contributing to the development of Best Practices in Simulation. My own research interests are in simulation especially prebriefing and preparing learners for simulation.
Robert Morris University seeks to provide high quality nursing education to students seeking a rewarding career as a nurse. Due to the aging population and the shrinking nursing workforce, nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. I invite you to explore our website or visit us and see our quality programs, our highly educated and respected faculty, plus our beautiful new classrooms and RISE Center in Scaife Hall.