Donna Miles Curry began her nursing career as first a candy striper at Missouri Baptist Hospital and after winning first place in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Science Fair she received a scholarship to Maryville College where she earned her first nursing degree. Donna went on to St. Louis University for her BSN and MSN (Nursing of Children) while working as a nurse at Cardinal Glennon Hospital for Children in St. Louis. Donna worked as an Assistant Director of Nursing Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio but spent the majority of her nursing career as an educator at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio USA. She completed her PhD from the Ohio State University in 1990 and retired as a full professor in 2015.
Dr. Curry has received multiple awards for professional service and education. She has presented numerous papers at professional conferences and has authored professional articles and book chapters in a variety of publications.
Donna is passionate about pediatric as well as global health co-leading study tours to the UK for 20 years and participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador through Tandana Foundation. She has also been active as a professional volunteer in many organizations such as Society of Pediatric Nurses, International Family Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Association for the History of Nursing. As of 2022 she serves as a trustee to the Florence Nightingale Museum in London and is CEO for the Friends of the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Donna attributes much of her success in nursing to the support of her parents, her husband Bob and three sons – Rob, Dave, and Mike. And now tons of love from her grandchildren.