A photo of Amy L. Donnellan.

Nurse Practitioner, VAD Program, Heart Institute

513-636-1824

Board Certified

"My approach to care is simple: It’s all about the patient. I believe all questions are worthwhile and patients and families should ask for clarification about what they don’t understand."

About Me

Biography

As a nurse practitioner, I care for children and adolescents in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s. I specialize in treating patients with a ventricular assist device (VAD), pediatric heart failure or cardiomyopathy. I also enjoy mentoring new registered nurses (RNs).

I was drawn to cardiology when a resilient family member was diagnosed with pediatric cardiomyopathy and underwent several surgeries. I wanted to work in an area where I could help children who experienced the same diagnosis.

My approach to care is simple: It’s all about the patient. I believe all questions are worthwhile and patients and families should ask for clarification about what they don’t understand. I encourage patients to advocate for themselves, and if they can’t, I advocate for them.

I received the 2019 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Impact Research Grant as the principal investigator for “Virtual Simulation: The Future of Onboarding.” In 2016, I received the Florence Nightingale Award for providing exceptional patient care.

In my free time, I love being with my family, our dog, and being outdoors. I run, bike, kayak and go to lakes.

Clinical Interests

Ventricular assist devices; pediatric cardiology; cardiomyopathy; heart failure

Research Interests

Ventricular assist devices; pediatric heart failure; cardiomyopathy

Clinical Divisions

Heart

My Locations

My Education

BSN: Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1993.

MSN: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.

DNP: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

Certification: PNCB Certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 2007.

My Publications

Prevalence of ICU Delirium in Postoperative Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients. Staveski, SL; Pickler, RH; Khoury, PR; Ollberding, NJ; Donnellan, AL; Mauney, JA; Lincoln, PA; Baird, JD; Gilliland, FL; Merritt, AD; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 22:68-78.

A Review of Tetralogy of Fallot and Postoperative Management. Forman, J; Beech, R; Slugantz, L; Donnellan, A. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 2019; 31:315-328.

Reducing Exposure to Opioid and Benzodiazepine Medications for Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Patients: A Quality Improvement Project. Donnellan, A; Sawyer, J; Peach, A; Staveski, S; Nelson, DP; Pratap, JN. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:340-349.

Cockpit culture: Avoiding the crash and burn. LaMantia, S; Donnellan, A; Cooper, DS. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2018; 155:697-698.