Our Staff

Department of Nursing

The nursing staff at Danbury Hospital interacts with patients in many ways, across all departments, to provide positive clinical outcomes and an overall exceptional hospital experience. Our philosophy is to provide high-quality, evidence-based, family-centered care in a nurturing, supportive environment. 

The Nursing department is managed by Moreen Donahue, our Chief Nurse Executive.

Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services

Nursing Specialty Areas

The nursing specialty areas at Danbury Hospital include:

Cardiology Nurses

Our specialty trained cardiology nurses provide the latest treatments for all forms of heart disease and interventional cardiac procedures.

We offer advanced specialty training and education for cardiology nurses, including:

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • Advanced cardiac and ECG education

Emergency Department Nurses

Our Emergency Department (ED) registered nurses are available at all times to treat any person seeking emergency medical care or crisis intervention.

We offer advanced specialty training and education for ED nurses, including:

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum)
  • ENPC (Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)

Family Birth Center Nurses

Nurses who work in the Family Birth Center provide mother-baby care, which means the same nurse cares for a mother baby couplet. Nursing research shows that this model is ideal, because it supports family-centered care.

Parents are encouraged to room in with their newborn, so that they can gain confidence with the care, and begin to bond.  Nurses teach parents all the skills that they will need to care for their newborn once they are discharged.

Nurses who work on this unit have specialized training in breastfeeding, as well as newborn care. All education for parents is done right in the room. Nurses teach parents how to change diapers, bathe, and feed their newborns. A significant other is encouraged to stay throughout the mom's stay, and siblings are also encouraged to visit their new brother or sister.

Nurses also teach parents about normal growth and development of newborns.  Nurses who are board-certified as lactation consultants are also available to all patients in the service line who may require additional help with breastfeeding. They are also available for consultation after discharge either by telephone or for an office visit.

Intensive Care Unit and Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Unit Nurses

Our ICU/CTICU nurses provide comprehensive and continuous care for critically ill individuals, as well as social and psychological support for patients and their families.

We offer advanced specialty training and education for ICU/CTICU nurses, including:

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • The AACN ECCO course (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation) 
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum)
  • Unit specific critical care education

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurses

NICU nurses are nurses that receive specialty training that equips them with unique skills needed to take care of premature and newborn infants requiring hospitalization in a neonatal intensive care unit. 

Although there are NICU nurses to be found in every hospital that boasts a neonatal intensive care unit, our nurses are different. The difference is the very personal experience our nursing team gives to you and your baby.

The NICU nurses at Danbury Hospital are not taking care of just any baby. They are taking care of your baby. Your baby has a unique personality and individual needs. Our nurses partner with parents in order to meet the special needs of baby and family with the ultimate goal of sending home a family unit ready to take on the happy challenge of a new baby in the house.

Our nurses take great pride in being able to provide their personal touch. They feel privileged to be part of this special time in your baby’s life.

Outpatient Observation Unit Nurses

Our outpatient observation unit provides care for patients who are expected to go home within 24 hours. Patients who come to the Emergency Department with symptoms, such as chest pain, and need further evaluation are placed in the obv unit until decisions to admit or discharge are safely determined.

8 West - Cardiology

  • Certified Chest Pain Center by the Chest Pain Society
  • We provide comprehensive cardiology care, including invasive and non-invasive procedures, angioplasty, catheterizations, and inpatient and outpatient care
  • Our cardiologists and nurses provide the latest treatments for all forms of heart disease
  • Specialty trained RNs
  • Continuing training, education 
  • We offer advanced, specialty training: ACLS, BLS, advanced Cardiac, and ECG education

8E - Heart Failure Unit

  • Specialty trained RNs, continuing training, and education 
  • Goal-prevention and improved care of those with heart failure
  • Focused unit dedicated to providing outstanding nursing care to patients with  heart failure focusing on management and education
  • Continuing training and education

Pediatric Nurses

The Pediatric nursing team at Danbury hospital can be described as a loyal, dedicated group of RNs who have years of experience in dealing with the Pediatric population. The Pediatric nursing staff has many years of service on the unit and are caring, extremely competent members of our healthcare team, working together in a patient-centered care environment.

Many of the Pediatric nurses hold Pediatric certifications and all are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support Certification Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (BLS/CPR) certified. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s care and may stay with their child during the hospitalization.

Radiology Nursing

Radiology nurses provides a full spectrum of nursing services in Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, ranging from pre- and post-procedure preparation and assessment to intraprocedural sedation for both adults and children.

Psychiatric Nursing

Our inpatient psychiatric unit is a secured therapeutic environment that incorporates behavioral, developmental, cognitive, medical, and interpersonal models of care for adult patients in acute crisis.

The goal of the unit is to provide intensive, short-term treatment for adults who are having difficulty coping and functioning at home, at work, or within the community due to emotional and personal distress from psychiatric illness and dual diagnosis disorders. Emphasis is placed on assessing each patient, developing an individualized plan of care within the framework of a therapeutic milieu, assisting the patient in achieving and sustaining an optimal level of wellness, and preparing the patient for a safe and therapeutic discharge. 

Psychiatric nurses are integral to the interdisciplinary treatment team process and incorporate a patient-centered model that approaches all aspects of care from admission to discharge.  

Interdisciplinary interventions and treatment modalities include:

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Individualized treatment and behavioral plans that emphasize problem-solving skills, coping strategies, stress reduction, and adaptive behaviors to promote greater self control, esteem, and functioning
  • Group therapies
  • Recreational therapies
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psycho-education
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Oncology Nursing

Nurses on the inpatient oncology unit manage an array of patients, including those in their initial phase of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, management of side effects and symptoms related to disease processes such as neutropenia. Registered Nurses provide care through the disease continuum – from diagnosis to end of life in collaboration with CARES and Hospice agencies. There is a wide variety of support from case management, social work, dietician, PT, and OT.

The nursing staff in the Outpatient Chemotherapy Infusion Suite are highly trained Chemotherapy Certified nurses who administer chemotherapy in a collaborative, compassionate environment. An Individualized plan of care is developed to provide the patient with highest quality care possible.

Education plays a vital role in the ongoing development of all oncology nurses. Certification in Oncology Nursing is encouraged and classes are held in order to support this important goal. Oncology Certification is encouraged. Chemotherapy administration is performed by nurses who have passed the ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Administration course and intensive practicum. With hospital based ONS chemotherapy/biotherapy administration trainer on-site, training by Oncology Certified clinicians is provided.

Radiation oncology nursing manages the patient in all aspects of radiation therapy. During the radiation treatment, nursing plays a pivotal role in educating, supporting and managing side effects related to this therapy.

Medical/Surgical Units

The medical and surgical units at Danbury Hospital offer challenging opportunities to care for complex medical and post-operative patients in a supportive, collaborative environment. These units are specialties in themselves that offer diverse learning experiences.

Some of our medical and surgical specialties include:

For More Information

At Danbury Hospital, we’re proud of our Nursing team. Learn more about our Nursing team in our publication, How We Measure Nursing Excellence.

We have many opportunities for Nursing at Danbury Hospital, including Expanded Degree programs. Learn more about our Nursing Education Programs and why the Department of Nursing at Danbury Hospital is the workplace of choice.