Donna Hathorn

Contributing Faculty
College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Donna Coffey Hathorn received her PhD at Louisiana State University in December 2006. She recently retired as a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) in the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. She has previously taught at two other schools of nursing within the state of Louisiana. She has served as a contributing faculty member in the College 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, Perioperative, and Nursing Research 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, the experiences of African American caregivers of family members with dementia and related disorders, perceptions of discussion boards in graduate nursing courses, and perceptions of stress in immediate post CABG patientes. 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.

Courses Taught

NURS 5052 - Essentials of Evidence Based Practice

NURS 5050 - Policy and Advocacy for Population Health

NURS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence Based Practice

NURS 6301 - Advanced Pathopharmacology

NURS 6321 - Curriculum Development Assessment and Evaluation


BSN, Northwestern State University

MSN, Northwestern State University

PhD, Louisiana State University