Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Donald Boyd, Jr., PhD

Columbia University

Donald Boyd - Jonas Scholar III AlumniDonald Boyd, Jr., PhD began his nursing career after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. He then pursued an advanced practice degree and became a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). During his time as a nurse anesthesia graduate student at Columbia University School of Nursing, he became keenly aware of the issues that impact the practice of nurse anesthesia, the opposition that the specialty faces and the robust history of attempts to overcome it. Soon after graduation, Dr. Boyd was elected to a Director position for the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA). As he became more involved, he was elected Vice President and then President of the NYSANA. He led the association in protecting the specialty and the practice of nurse anesthesia in preserving access to high-quality, safe, cost-effective anesthesia care provided by nurse anesthetists. As the 2010 landmark report from the Institute of Medicine entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health states, Dr. Boyd believes nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. His area of research interest is in conducting a workforce study of nurse anesthetists in the rural parts of New York in order to demonstrate the crucial contribution that nurse anesthetists make to our healthcare system, especially to the vulnerable patient populations in these areas.