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Jane Donovan, PhD

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Jane Donovan


Assistant Clinical Professor

Undergraduate Nursing

Jane Donovan, PhD, has over 30 years’ experience in nursing. During that time, she has worked in many roles including medical-surgical nurse, maternal newborn nurse, clinical preceptor, charge nurse and nursing supervisor in a local teaching medical center. Donovan is certified in maternal-newborn nursing by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). In addition to her clinical roles, Donovan has over 15 years’ experience as a nurse educator, many of those years as Drexel faculty. Donovan received her PhD from Widener University where her dissertation was “The Childbirth Experiences of Autistic Women in an Acute Care Setting.” Presently she is the chapter coordinator for the southeastern PA chapter of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonate Nurses (AWHONN). The chapter hosts educational events throughout the year.   

Professional Society

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Sigma Theta Tau International – Eta Beta chapter

Selected Publications

Donovan, J. (in press). The childbirth experiences of women with autism spectrum disorder in an acute care setting. Nursing for Women’s Health.


Donovan, J. (2017). The Experiences of Autistic Women During Childbirth in an Acute Care Setting, The AWHONN PA section fall conference. Villanova University.

Ryan, J., & Donovan, J. (2017). Half the Sky. Sigma Theta Tau International, Dublin Ireland.

Donovan, D. (2017). The Experiences of Autistic Women During Childbirth in an Acute Care Setting, Guest lecturer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program, Drexel University.

Donovan, D. (2016). Nursing Care of Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gwynedd Mercy University autism conference.

Research Interests

Autism and childbirth, clinical simulation, clinical judgment


Maternal newborn nursing

Widener University, PhD

Villanova University, MSN

Hahnemann University, AD/BS nursing