Donna G. Nativio

Associate Professor Emeritus
Health Promotion & Development


Associate Professor, Donna Nativio is the former Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program and Coordinator of the  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner DNP Areas of Concentration She is in demand as a consultant on PNP and DNP curricula and immunization practice.  She holds national certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and CRNP status in Pennsylvania as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner and a primary care adult nurse practitioner.


She is a past officer of the American Nurses Association, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. She was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing in 1989 and was elected as a federal Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 1997. She is a past president of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and represented the organization on the Task Force that authored The Allergy Report for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  She was a founding editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, completed a six-year term as a member of the editorial board of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and has served on  the editorial board of American Journal for nurse practitioners.  She currently serves as a reviewer for several journals.  She has been recognized for her pioneering work in the nurse practitioner movement and was honored as the Nurse of the Year by the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the American Nurses Association, and as an Outstanding Alumnae by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing.  She was the first recipient of the Lucie Young Kelly Faculty Leadership Award at the University of Pittsburgh and used the cash award to study genetics in primary care. She was honored as founding chair of the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition and served two terms on the executive committee.  She was inducted as a fellow in the AANP (American Assembly of Nurse Practitioners) in 2014 and is honored as a life member of AANP since 2016. She received the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2018-2019. Her scholarly interests include the education of primary care clinicians especially nurse practitioners, pediatric health and the expanding field of immunizations and immunotherapy.