Mary Patricia Donahue, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emeritus

Mary Patricia (Pat) Donahue, PhD, RN, FAAN, served as a professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing from 1976–2006. At UI's College of Nursing she served as executive associate dean of academic affairs (1999–2006), and she initiated and oversaw the professional Master in Nursing and Healthcare Practice program. Nationally, she is known for more than 100 articles, reviews, and books, in particular “Nursing: The Finest Art: An Illustrated History.” In addition, she served as president of the American Association for the History of Nursing (1988–1990).

Mary received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Ohio State College of Nursing (1974, 1975 and 1976), the Media Award from Sigma Theta Tau and the American Journal of Nursing (1985) and Book of the Year for “Nursing: The Finest Art. An Illustrated History” (2010), the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Nursing (1986), and the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the University of Iowa (2004). 

Research areas
  • Professional issues
  • Oncology nursing
  • Curriculum development
Mary Patricia Donahue
PhD, Social Foundations in Education, University of Iowa
MS, Ohio State University
BSN, Ohio State University
Diploma, St. Luke's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio