Donna DeBlois, a long-term member of OMNL – Organization of Maine Nursing Leadership passed away on October 1st. Donna joined OMNL as a young nurse leader and contributed to the profession of nursing and OMNL in many ways. Donna served as President of OMNL from 2013 to 2015 and also served on the annual nursing summit planning committee. She chaired the nominations committee for many years and most recently served as an OMNL member at large. Donna dedicated her career to supporting nursing leadership initiatives and was an enthusiastic leader for home care and hospice. Donna most recently served as President and CEO for MaineHealth Care at Home. We join our colleagues in Maine as we express gratitude for Donna’s many contributions to the Organization of Maine Nurse Leaders.
Donna was an exceptional nurse leader in Maine. She always made sure the voice of home care and hospice was heard, not just in Maine but on a national level. She was vibrant, optimistic and professional. She was also fun to be around- she got me interested in reading the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon during a poolside chat! – Sherry Rogers, CNO Redington-Fairview General Hospital
When I think about what kind of leader I aspire to be Donna is one of the first people I think of. She was truly a leader among leaders and her passion for nursing was palpable, her drive unstoppable, and her professional acumen above reproach. Donna has made me want to become a better leader and I can think of no higher compliment. – Andrew Gagnon, Director, Northern Maine Community College