Donna Harris, RN

Donna A. Harris was the first African-American to graduate from the Duke School of Nursing.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duke in 1971 and continued to expand her credentials through advanced coursework at East Carolina University, Stanford University, and the American Nurses Certification Corporation.  Mrs. Harris has served at North Carolina Central University, the Department of Social Services, the Durham County Health Department, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke University School of Nursing in such varied positions as clinical instructor, public health nurse, school nurse, and social research assistant.  She now serves as a master trainer for the Arthitis Self-Help Course and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program as well as a Social Research Assistant II at the Duke School of Nursing.  She has maintained ongoing research support from the National Institute of Nursing Research since 1998 and has focused much of her study on self-management of arthritis as well as on premature infants.  She is active in church work and has been honored as a Friend of the NAACP and as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honorary society.