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Donna Clarke-McMullen, BScN, RN, MN


  • Masters of Nursing Degree, Athabasca University, 2007-2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto, 1986-1990

Professional Associations

  • Registered with the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario member
  • Mental Health Nurse Interest Group
  • Provincial Nurse Educator Interest Group
  • Crisis Prevention Institute: Certified Non Violent Crisis Intervention trainer
  • Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses member

Career Overview

Full time professor in the St Lawrence College/Laurentian University Baccalaureate Nursing Collaborative Program at the Kingston Campus. Currently teaches first year reflection and communication courses, clinical consolidation and mental health courses. Courses include lab, clinical placement and simulation components as well as in class and online course delivery. Donna is student focused and embraces hybrid learning environments with online, web based and virtual technology learning tools.

Donna’s career began in psychiatry in 1990, and then journeyed through many years of public and community health with a focus on high risk women, children and youth. More recently she was the clinical educator in the acute Mental Health Program at KGH. Her educator experiences began first as a preceptor and then as part time professor and faculty advisor in community health. The focus of her Master's education was on teaching and learning as preparation for a role in professional education.

Donna is involved in global health nursing and annually takes a group of nursing students to Tanzania on a cross cultural nursing elective course. Students and faculty work co-operatively to provide community health care to residents of Moshi and surrounding villages.

From 2001- 2015, Donna was actively involved in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), community capacity building, prevention, education and support. She was a founding member of the FASD Action Network Kingston and did presentations, advocating and consulting around FASD.

Donna has presented at numerous conferences, educational days, worksite and community forums. Topics range from reproductive health to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to Mental Health. For example:

  • CIHR funded Cafe Scientifique Nov 2011, Understanding, prenatal alcohol exposure & its impact on individual, family & society.
  • CAMH Summer Institute May 2011 Faculty, FASD
  • LEAD training on Mental Health frontline crisis work. 2010, 2011, 2012 with Kingston Police Services.


Clarke-McMullen, D.M. (2010). Evaluation of a Successful Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coalition in Ontario, Canada. Public Health Nursing, 27 (3), 240–247.

Current Scholarly Activities

Evaluation of pedagogical approaches to maternal child health education. This involves evaluation of simulation lab activities and virtual family experiences compared to traditional home visit approaches to learning about families and family centred nursing care.

Lower Moshi School Nutrition Project. This goal of this global health project in Tanzania is to explore the impact that school gardens, and nutrition education have on eating and gardening habits in the family home. An applied research grant and REB approval was obtained in 2015 & 2016. Dissemination of this project is currently underway.

Donna contributed to the Faculty Advisor tricampus manual and support for preceptors involved in clinical education.