Name: Donna Dorsey, Owen Brown village in Columbia.Hobbies...

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

January 09, 1994

Name: Donna Dorsey, Owen Brown village in Columbia.

Hobbies and other activities: Ms. Dorsey, executive director of the Maryland State Board of Nursing, has held leadership positions with the American Red Cross since 1976. Last year, she was elected for the second time to the Central Maryland Red Cross board of directors. She has participated in several Red Cross committees, including the Nursing Study Task Force, the Health Services Committee and the Red Cross National Nursing Committee, a new committee established a year ago by the national board of directors. Twelve nurses across the country were chosen to deal with national issues facing the Red Cross from a nursing perspective.

She was named the 1993 recipient of the John T. Menzies Award. The annual award is given to a volunteer who has served in a leadership capacity in Red Cross assignments and who has given five or more years of outstanding service to the Central Maryland chapter.

She is the past treasurer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and is on the Examination Committee for the board, which develops the exam to license nurses.

Ms. Dorsey is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She speaks on health care, nursing, drug abuse and other issues at workshops and as a keynote speaker. She also enjoys crafts, including needlework and knitting.

Organization's comments: As chairwoman of the Health Services Committee, she helped shape the direction for the Central Maryland chapter's Health Services Department. She was instrumental in gaining the state's approval of the Red Cross Geriatric Aide course, making it one of the few non-nursing, home-based programs in Maryland.

She has served as a disaster nurse supervisor since 1990, recruiting and training teams of nurses to provide assistance during disaster situations. She also provides training outside the state for disaster situations. Ms. Dorsey recruited nurses from the Nurses Association Psych-Mental Health Division to participate in repatriation events for Desert Storm veterans. This event led to a collaboration between Central Maryland Red Cross Health and Emergency Services to design a crisis intervention and debriefing component for disaster workers.

Volunteer's comments: "I enjoy volunteering and the people I work with. I learn something new every day," said Ms. Dorsey. "It's also a way I can practice my nursing skills, which are different from what I do every day. It's given me an opportunity to meet other people from all over the country who are Red Cross volunteers and other people who do disaster training. It's broadened my knowledge and skills."

About Ms. Dorsey: She holds a bachelor of science in nursing from East Carolina University and a master of science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is married to Neil Dorsey, who is vice chairman of the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society and a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer. They have been married for 28 years and have two children, Kim and Jennifer.

For volunteer opportunities in Howard County, call The Columbia Volunteer Corp at 715-3163. To make a nomination or receive a nomination form, call Jill L. Kubatko at 715-2813 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 715-2816.

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