Biography

Donna Poirier is a Doctorate Prepared Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic Canada. Ms. Poirier has over two decades of experience in the field of nursing, spanning areas such as emergency medicine, trauma, critical care, pediatrics, virtual care, air ambulance, home healthcare, acute care and long-term care and education. She has a particular interest in pediatrics, obstetrics/maternal health and mental health.

Ms. Poirier first obtained her Diploma in Nursing before going on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her passion for the field of nursing and belief in lifelong education led her to pursue her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Loyola University New Orleans. She then went on to complete her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Loyola University and has since completed many additional certifications in order to keep up with this fast-changing industry.

Ms. Poirier enjoys the diversity that each of her patients brings to her practice. She helps to address most primary care concerns such as travel health, vaccines, common diseases and illnesses, women's health, dermatology, mental health, concussion management, cardio and respiratory illnesses. Ms. Poirier previously managed a team of 150 staff within a large hospital system in Buffalo, New York and acted as Director of Nursing with the New York State Health Department. Her leadership abilities have been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Jefferson award for patient satisfaction, the Jefferson award for excellence in leadership and staff satisfaction and an honorary award from Niagara University for excellence in Clinical Leadership.

Actively involved in the educational community, Ms. Poirier acts as Faculty/Supervisor/Clinical Instructor at Niagara University as well as the Supervisor of Emergency Management for the Canadian Red Cross. Ms. Poirier has been been part of the Emergency Management Medical Corporation in the United States for close to 18 years. She previously held the title of Supervisor/Clinical Instructor at Brock University and taught the Professor of Critical Care Course at Niagara College.  

When she’s not seeing patients, Ms. Poirier enjoys playing music, spending time with her family, horseback riding and tending to her farm. She is an adrenaline junkie and loves to skydive, hike, zip-line, and play sports.

Education/Training

Doctorate
Loyola University New Orleans
Nursing Practice
New Orleans, LA
Master of Science
Loyola University New Orleans
Family Nurse Practitioner 
New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Science
Niagara University
Nursing
Lewiston, NY

Diploma
Mohawk College
Nursing
Hamilton, ON

Certifications

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
  • Critical care (ICU/ER)
  • Canadian Triage And Acuity Scale (CTAS)
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research Certificate
  • Infection Control: New York State Mandatory Training Certification
  • Air Medical Resource Management Certificate
  • Core Measures and Patient Safety Certificate
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia/ICU Certificat
  • Care of the Neurological Patient Certificate
  • Blast Injuries Certificate
  • Conversations for Patient Safety Certificate

Specialty Interests

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Maternal health
  • Mental health

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners 
  • Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • Honours Society-Sigma Theta Tau (Gamma Theta Chapter, New York)
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (Western New York Chapter)