College of Health Sciences
Donna Coffey Hathorn received her PhD at Louisiana State University in December 2006. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) in the Undergraduate, Masters', and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. She has worked at SELU since 1997. She has served as a contributing faculty member in the School of Nursing at Walden University since 2012. Throughout her teaching career she has taught in a variety of courses, which include Physical Assessment, Nursing Management, Pediatrics, Perinatal Nursing, Women's Health, Community Nursing, and Nursing Theory. Professionally Dr Hathorn has conducted research in the areas of neonatal axillary temperatures, back pain in farm women, masculinity among male nursing students, nurses working with student nurses in the clinical environment, second degree nursing programs, experiences of nursing students participating in a travel abroad nursing course to Honduras, and most recently the experiences of African American caregivers of family members with dementia and related disorders. Dr Hathorn has presented at local, national and international meetings and has published several nursing research articles. Dr Hathorn has also served in leadership positions of local chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing including past president of the Rho Zeta Chapter. Dr Hathorn has maintained a license to practice nursing in the state of Louisiana since 1977.