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Donna Behler McArthur, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Professor of Nursing


Current Research Interests

Dr. McArthur has over 45 years’ experience within nursing, including 35 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner, NP educator, and administrator within ambulatory health care settings in the United States and the Middle East. Her scholarly activities embrace nurse practitioner education and practice with ethnically diverse and vulnerable populations across the life span. Dr. McArthur was the director of the VUSN DNP program from 2008-2012. Prior to that position, she was a clinical professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, and director of the DNP program. She maintains an Adjunct Clinical Professor position within that institution. Previously, Dr. McArthur was Director of the FNP Program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, during which time she was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson grant to participate in a national program to develop a model for educating NP students in a managed-care setting. In 2006 she was awarded the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation/Endo Pharmaceuticals Grant for her research study, Pain Perception in Adults with ALS. At present, her research and community activities are focused on initiatives surrounding this disease. She was one of the first NPs to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.



McArthur, D.B. (P.I.) (2009). Department of health & Human Services, HRSA, Advanced Education Nursing Program: DNP Expansion. Funded 1 July 09-30 June 2012.

McArthur, D.B. (P.I.) (2006). Pain Perception in Adults with ALS. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation/Endo Pharmaceuticals.

McArthur, D.B. (P.I.), & Miles, P. (co-PI) (November, 1999). Partnerships in Quality Education, Robert Wood Johnson.


Representative Publications

McArthur, D. B. (2013) Chapter 2: The journey to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, In Moran, K., Burson, R., & Conrad, D. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project: A Framework for Success, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Velasquez, D., McArthur, D., & Johnson, C. (2011). Doctoral nursing roles in knowledge generation, In Reed & Shearer, Nursing Knowledge and Theory Innovation – Advancing the Science of Practice, NY:Springer.

Trangenstein, P., Weiner, E., Gordon, J., & McArthur, D. (2009). Nursing informatics for future nurse scholars: Lessons learned with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. In K. Saranto, P. Brennan, H. Park, M. Talberg, & A. Ensio (Eds.). Connecting Health and Humans: Proceedings of NI2009, the 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (pp. 551-555). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

Michaels, C., McEwen, M. & McArthur, D. (2008). Saying no to primary prevention guidelines: Client values, beliefs, and evidence-based practice. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20 (12), 585-589.

McArthur, D. B. (2007). Chapter 14. Academic nursing centers and nursing practice. In Reel & Abraham, Business & Legal Essentials for Nurse Practitioners, St. Louis: Elsevier.

Dyer, J., Shinoskie, M., & McArthur, D.B. (2007). Chapter 20. Risk management, In Reel & Abraham, Business & Legal Essentials for Nurse Practitioners. St. Louis: Elsevier.

McArthur, D.B. (2006). The nurse practitioner as a leader. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18(1), 8-10.