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Parkland Health & Hospital System names new associate CNO

Monday January 13, 2014
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Donna Richardson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, has been named associate CNO for Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. She assumed her duties on Dec. 9.

Richardson comes to Parkland from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, where she served as CNO and associate vice president for University Hospitals-Zale Lipshy and St. Paul. As CNO, Richardson led nursing reorganization, creating care coordinator and assistant manager positions on nursing units to promote relationship-based care and coordination at the unit/patient level, according to a news release.

She also was responsible for nursing leadership, practice, standards and policies for more than 1,250 nurses.

Before that, she served as director of women & infants and medical/surgical & oncology at Zale Lipshy and St. Paul University Hospitals. Richardson also worked in several nurse leadership positions at St. Paul Medical Center, including director of women’s services, nurse manager, assistant nurse manager and charge nurse. Richardson began her career as a staff nurse at The University of Arkansas Hospital in Little Rock.

Warm welcome

“Donna Richardson’s broad experiences leading the nursing program a University Hospitals of the UT Southwestern Medical Center make her a valuable asset to Parkland’s nursing team,” said Mary Eagen, RN, Parkland executive vice president and CNO. “We are delighted to welcome her to Parkland and look forward to her contributions as we continue to focus on quality, patient safety and nursing excellence.”

Education and organizations

Richardson holds a DNP degree from Texas Christian University and a MSN from The University of Texas, Tyler. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Richardson participated in the Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives.

She also is a member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association, where she served on the organization’s Nursing Practice Committee.


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