A leader in nursing practice and a certified nurse practitioner with a specialty in women’s health, Donna Gage, PhD, RN, NE-BC, has been appointed as the chief nursing officer for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The American Nurses Association (ANA) sent a letter to congratulate her on her appointment to the federal post in July. “As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, your role as the CNO will serve to convey the indispensable role nurses perform in the delivery of care to our veterans,” wrote ANA Executive Director Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Before her appointment, Gage served as a consultant with BMC Associates, as mediator to leaders in the health care industry on management, governance, partnerships and labor-management relations. Previously Gage was the vice-president/chief nursing officer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where she provided leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of nursing services, particularly safety excellence, patient and quality initiatives, which included both nursing and non-nursing areas. She spent more than 10 years as the chief nursing officer at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role, she served as an advisor to the Penn State Hershey Board of Directors and had responsibilities for professional nursing practice, standards of nursing care, nursing outcomes, nursing education and nursing research. At Penn State Hershey, she established an organization-wide nursing department and led the organization to Magnet® designation.
Gage is currently a member of ANA, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In addition, she is a member of the Editorial Board of Nursing Administration Quarterly. n