NADONA/LTC | National Association Directors of Nursing Administration
in Long Term Care

Who we are
Since 1986, the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care have been THE leading advocate and educational organization for DONs, ADONs and RNs in Long Term Care (LTC). NADONA/LTC was founded by dedicated LTC professionals, and our board of trustees still consists of LTC professionals. We understand your daily challenges, and are here to provide you with the tools you need for professional success.

How we began A brief history of NADONA/LTC.
Since 1986, NADONA/LTC has reached many milestones as an organization. Our continued growth is due to our members and their ongoing support and input. Your challenges are our challenges, and we respond daily by creating new resources, tools and programs that support your professional growth and development.



NADONA/LTC founded in St. Louis, MO with 40 original members from 13 states.




NADONA/LTC establishes ongoing presence on Capitol Hill, giving legislators the “real story”.




Nationally-recognized NADONA/LTC Certification Exam is created – by DONs, for DONs. Added Credibility and professional esteem are enjoyed by more than 5000 members in 2004.




First national conference held in Orlando, FL.




Toll-free Reference & Research Library for Directors of Nursing is complete. It’s your own personal research assistant at your fingertips.




First DON of the Year awarded at annual conference. We recognize the best in our profession annually.




Membership reaches 1000 members in 25 states




NADONA/LTC’s first scholarship is awarded at annual conference. More than $15K is given annually to our members.




Debut of The Director Journal. The first professional journal published exclusively for DONs in LTC.




Debut of Standards of Practice For Directors of Nursing. The first publication of its kind for DONs in LTC.


1997 is launched Academy of Fellows established. Fellows oversee and review certification exam and process.




Mentor for Members hotline launched. Dial 1.800.374.9554 and receive professional advice and insight from a LTC veteran.




Circle of Excellence established. NADONA/LTC’s first National recognition program for deficiency-free facilities. This comprehensive online resource for members has tripled in content since its launch.




NADONA/LTC moves into new offices.




OSHA partners with NADONA/LTC in national program launch.




Top 5 nursing home corporations bring their DONs to NADONA/LTC.




Membership reaches 5500, representing 30 states and Canada.



Launch of online certification program NADONA/LTC Online University is founded.




Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes is a two-year, coalition-based campaign concerned with how we care for elderly and disabled citizens. NADONA/LTC was part of the steering committee for a broad range of stakeholders in quality long-term care that provide ongoing strategy development, guidance and in-kind support for the campaign.




20th Annual Conference, Las Vegas sets record-breaking attendance; transition in management; Johnsons and Johnson's image of nursing, Andrea Freiberg Kay keynotes annual conference.




Development of the Assisted Living Certification exam; IOM Report on re-tooling for Aging in America; LPN Certification development; Certifications are now "online"; Mentor program goes virtual with;  Mature Health Communications partners with NADONA for event planning; NADONA joins Eldercare workforce alliance; Karyn Buxam keynotes annual conference.




PharMerica sponsors NADONA Stephanie Carroll scholarships to honor nurses for "Nurses Week"; Phase 2 of Advancing Excellence begins; grant received to devlop Diabetic Certification exam for LTC nurses; Mature Health partners with NADONA on "The Director"; Pioneer Network founded and funded by the commonwealth to explore nursing's role in culture change - 16 culture change competencies were announced; LeAnn Theiman keynotes annual conference.




Certified DON (CDONA) exam is updated; 06/2010 - Diabetic Certification exam goes live online with modules (study guide) and exam; 10/2010 - electronic voting is implemented for National Board election; 10/5/10 - IOM Future of Nursing report, leading change, advanicng health released; NADONA re-establies 5 year goals based on the IOM report; Gina Kaurich resignes as Executive Director; Advancing Excellence incorporates; Greg Risberg keynores conference.




DON Field Guide for LTC Nursing becomes available to assist studies for the CDONA exam; establishment of the Corporate Partners program; NADONA Certification Review given at National conference; Signature Health Care registers all nurses to take the Diabetic exam; Poster presentations are incorporated into the annual conference; Sherrie Dornberger appointed Interim Executive Director by the NADONA Board; Debbie Afasano keynotes annual conference.




Monthly E-newsletter developed to keep members up-to-date with news; NCCDP offered at July conference and supported by the Wallerstein Grant; members become Certified Dementia Practitioners; Master Trainers developed to teach live boot camps and certification programs nationwide; Sherrie Dornberger appointed Executive Director by the NADONA Board; Robin Arnicar is elected President; partnered with Medscape and AMDA for CE Dementia programs; Lisa Thomson keynotes annual conference.



The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Earns Accreditation From American Nurses Credentialing Center