Donna Eastwood RN, MN, ONC(c)
Orthopaedic Nurse Associate
Donna describes her current position of Orthopaedic Nurse Associate at Saint John Regional Hospital as an opportunity to put all her education and nursing experiences to work in one role. She has held this advanced practice role since 1999.
Donna began her nursing education at Saint Martha’s School of Nursing in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Since then her education has included a course of study in Cardiovascular Intensive Care at the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Nursing (1998) and Master of Nursing (2008) from the University of New Brunswick.
Her work experience as staff nurse, unit manager, and researcher have taken her from Nova Scotia to Alberta, to New Brunswick. Those experiences have included intensive care, cardiology, flight nurse, and emergency/trauma care.
Recently, Donna is leading the development and implementation of a preoperative class for adults about to have spine surgery.
Her main area of interest is access to care for adults with back pain. In keeping with this interest, she is currently a member of a team of health care providers reviewing practices in other provinces and how they may positively influence access to care for this population in New Brunswick.