Davonna Ledet RN, MBA, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN 

Hernando, MS


University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1991, BSN
University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1995, MSN
Belhaven College, 2000, MBA
University of Michigan-Flint, DNP, 2014


1991 - Washington Women's Luncheon Club Scholarship
1991 - Hearin-Hess Scholarship
1999 - Academic Achievement Award, Belhaven College
2008 - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Peer Excellence Award
2008 – J Kiffin Penry Epilepsy Minifellowship
2009 – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Employee of the Quarter Award
2009 – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Peer Excellence Award
2009 - American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Excellence in Advanced Practice Award (presented at the annual conference)
2013- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Peer Excellence Award

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

Neuroscience nursing is a specialty that is recognized worldwide. Its scope is broad, covering many subspecialties with applicability to the entire range of human experience, from birth through death. With that knowledge, my vision for neuroscience nursing is the promotion and unification of the field of neuroscience nursing through the effective and efficient utilization and ultimate incorporation of scientific and evidenced-based research, expert opinion and patient preference as a basis of our everyday nursing practice. As noted in 2004, neuroscience research published in the field of nursing significantly increased during the 1990’s, focusing on subspecialties, care orientation and specific study variables that were theoretically based and more scientifically complex (DiIorio et al., 2004). This promotion of objective, measurable evidenced-based neuroscience nursing as the backbone for daily practice is essential as the future of neuroscience nursing continues its upward trajectory of growth. Effectively sharing this evidence and its applicability to our practice among nurses at the international, national, regional, local, and individual level is essential and will be enhanced as we promote all neuroscience nurses in their ability to integrate outcomes and processes based interventions as a standard of their professional practice. Significantly, this will allow this field of nursing to perform as a full partner in the collaborative care of the neuroscience patient while also providing the compassionate care that is the hallmark of nursing.

Vision for the Association:

My vision for the AANN is to continue as the ultimate authority for this subspecialty, inspiring the passion for neuroscience, and creating a future for the association to reach the greatest number of nurses by increasing individual involvement at the organizational, chapter, and personal level. Through strong and committed leadership, nurses may continue serving our communities and providing the highest quality of neuroscience nursing care. To that end, leaders must not only embody but also personally demonstrate core values. Accordingly, I believe excellence, innovation, collaboration, vision and exceptional integrity, demonstrated both personally as well as organizationally, will provide the framework necessary for promotion of neuroscience nursing education, service, practice and research. I believe this will be accomplished through mentorship, modeling, encouragement and a “pay it forward” attitude of organizational leaders. As I ask for your support for the opportunity to serve as an elected member of the board of directors, I am committed to these core values as well as to support, facilitate, and demonstrate the application of neuroscience nursing interventions based on the synthesis of scientific knowledge, evidenced-based research, professional values and high quality standards.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

I have been a RN since 1991 and an FNP-BC since 1995, and worked in the primary care setting until entering the field of neuroscience nursing in 2005. I began that career at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, first as a nurse practitioner in the pediatric brain tumor clinic for two years, then as a neurology nurse practitioner for 8 years. I transitioned to UT LeBonheur Pediatric Specialists as a nurse practitioner in the pediatric neurology outpatient clinic in 2013 and served in that role for approximately 2 ½ years, when I was humbled to be promoted to the Senior Director of the Neuroscience Institute in April of this year.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

I have been an AANN member in good standing since March 2006 and have held my CNRN certification since October 2009. I have been an active member of the Mid-South AANN Chapter, and served in the role of the president of this local chapter. I have been active within the AANN as a member of the Recruitment and Retention Committee, as Co-Facilitator, and most recently, as Lead Facilitator of the Pediatric Special Focus Group. I have also been fortunate to contribute to the pediatric chapter of the 5th Edition of the AANN Core Curriculum and the neurovascular chapter of the 2nd Edition of Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient, and served as the lead author of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinical Practice Guidelines, published by the AANN. I have authored and co-authored several publications and poster presentations, and have presented neuroscience topics nationally on several occasions. I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2014, with publication of my capstone “A Pilot Study to Assess a Teaching Intervention to Improve Sleep-Wake Disturbances in Parents of Children Diagnosed With Epilepsy”. The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 48, 1, 2-14. It is through these combined experiences that I found my passion for neuroscience nursing and have gained my enthusiasm for the provision of the highest quality nursing care for the neuroscience population.

Outside of nursing, I am married, the mother of a 14 year old son and 11 year old twin daughters.

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