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 management positions and/or serving as Director of Nursing Services, Nurse Administrator, VP of Clinical Services, Consultants, Nurse Educators, MDS Nurses, Staff Development, Transitional Care Nurse, Infection Prevention Nurses or any RN that has previously served in a role equivalent to DON or ADON) 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.

What people have to say
From Dr. J. Hudson Garett Jr, a trusted professional in his field and President of The Vascular Access Certification Corporation speaking about the 2015 NADONA National Conference:

"This year’s NADONA Conference was a perfect example of a truly professional and thought-provoking educational conference. Given that I attend roughly 25-30 major international and national medical conferences annually, I can confident say that this year’s NADONA Conference ranks at the very top of my list. My entire team from PDI was very impressed by the entire conference as it was their first time attending. I know how much work it is to put on a conference of this size, and for that-THANK YOU! What you do makes such a tremendous difference to many, even if we don’t stop and tell you. 

I personally appreciate the dedication, countless hours, and professionalism that each of you shows to us as members. It is NOT forgotten, it IS noticed, and it IS sincerely appreciated. The work that you do on a daily basis is critical for advancing NADONA’s mission and vision, but also ensuring that each of your colleagues/members has the necessary tools and resources to be successful in their role as a DON in providing exceptional, high-quality patient care. While the conference happens once a year, the work that you do on a daily basis is truly remarkable and for that I say thank you! 

 Finally-Sherrie, thank you for your continued leadership, vision, and commitment to ensuring NADONA is the thought leader in the US for LTC. Your spirit is inspiring on multiple levels!"


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.

NADONA/LTC becomes a member of the CGNO (Coalition of Geriatric Nurse Organizations).


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.

Sherrie Dornberger elected President.


Inauguration of the NADONA/LTC Fellows program (FACDONA).

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 Anniversary in St. Louis, MO.

 Ed McMahon keynotes the Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO.

NADONA joins LTCPLC with AMDA, ASCP and ACHCA (Long term care professional leadership council), LTCPLC develops Core Competencies in LTC.



20th Annual Conference, Las Vegas sets record-breaking attendance.

Johnsons and Johnson's Image of Nursing, Andrea Freiberg Kay keynotes annual conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Transition in management.


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 in Nashville, TN.

Marianna Kern Grachek was named the Honorary Member of the Year.


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 in Phoenix AZ.

Pharmerica Corporation was named Honorary Member of the Year.


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/LTC re-establishes 5 year goals based on the IOM report.

Gina Kaurich resigns as Executive Director.

Advancing Excellence incorporates.

Greg Risberg keynotes conference in Atlanta, GA.

Sarah Jerro, MA, RN was named Honorary Member of the Year.  Sarah is NADONA/LTC's Lead Nurse Planner.

Gwen Stewart, NC, was named Nurse Administrator of the Year.


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 in Kissimmee, FL.

Leah Klusch was named Honorary Member of the Year.


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 in Nashville, TN.

Tina Magazine, GOJO, was named Honorary Member of the Year.


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

 XX">NADONA/LTC awards $20,000 in scholarships with sponsorship by PharMerica.

Purdue Pharma sponsors one year of the E-newsletter.

Sarah Jerro, Lead Nurse Planner and the Nurse Planners were successfully awarded the ability to provide CE's.

NABs Administrator Board awards NADONA sponsor status for awarding an increasing number of NAB credits to membes.

Wallerstein Grant is awarded for th eCDP pre-conference training through the NCCDP.

The CADDCT training took place as a per-con at the Annual Conference, provided by NCCDP. 

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of Music and Mory was the keynote speaker in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Richard Stefanacci was named Honorary Member of the Year.

Amanda Kistler, NC, was awarded Nurse Administrator of the Year.


Robin Arnicar starts her second term as NADONA/LTC President.

PharMerica continues sponsorship of $20,000 for the Stephanie Carroll scholarship program.

Committee appointed to revamp and update the NADONA/LTC DON Standards of Practice guidelines, chaired by Nancy Beecham.

The quarterly issue of The Director is viewed by over 20,000 readers per quarter.  It is hosted on the NADONA website and at the Nurses Longe, NADONA's partner, which is social media for nurses.

Conference was convened in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.

NADONA/LTC adds a staff member.

Dr. Nimalie Stone was awarded the Honorary Member of the Year.

Angela Littke, NC was awarded the Nurse Administrator of the Year.


NADONA's Annual Conference is June 5th-10th, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, Atlanta, GA