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Donna E McCabe

Clinical Assistant Professor

1 212 992 7086

433 First Avenue
Room 429
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Donna McCabe is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner and certified wound care nurse who has spent her career working with older adults in acute care, nursing home, and community settings. She has a particular interest in the quality and safety of care for older adult patients. Much of her advanced practice career has been dedicated to working with nurse-quality indicators, such as fall reduction, pressure ulcer prevention, and physical restraints.

McCabe received her DNP from Case Western Reserve University, MA from NYU College of Nursing, and BSN from Mount Saint Mary College.


DNP - Case Western Reserve University (2009)
MA - NYU College of Nursing (2002)
BSN - Mount Saint Mary College (1995)



Professional membership

American Geriatric Society
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
New York State Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing



Screening and interventions for substance use in primary care

Knapp, M. M., & McCabe, D. E. (2019). Nurse Practitioner, 44(8), 48-55. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000574672.26862.24
NPs in primary care settings are well positioned to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). SUDs affect patients across the age spectrum and may be diagnosed and treated by NPs using brief interventions and pharmacologic therapies, or patients may be referred to specialty services. This article provides guidelines for screening, brief interventions, and pharmacologic therapies.

Enhancing medication safety teaching through remediation and reflection

McCabe, D., & Ea, E. (2016). QSEN Institute Teaching Strategy (online).

Attaining baccalaureate competencies for nursing care of older adults through curriculum innovation

Mauro, A. M. P., Hickey, M. T., McCabe, D. E., & Ea, E. (2012). Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(3), 187-190. 10.5480/1536-5026-33.3.187

Perceptions of Physical Restraints Use in the Elderly Among Registered Nurses and Nurse Assistants in a Single Acute Care Hospital

McCabe, D. E., Alvarez, C. D., McNulty, S. R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2011). Geriatric Nursing, 32(1), 39-45. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2010.10.010
Physical restraint use among hospitalized older adults remains an important issue. Despite evidence indicating that restraints can be harmful and strict regulatory rules restricting the use of restraints, healthcare practitioners continue to utilize physical restraints, often in the name of safety. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions regarding physical restraint use among registered nurses (RNs) and nursing assistants (NAs). The Perceptions of Restraint Use Questionnaire (PRUQ) was used to evaluate nursing staff perceptions. The overall mean score for the PRUQ was 2.8 out of a possible 5, indicating a neutral perception. Both RNs and NAs identified treatment interference as the most important reason for restraining a patient and substituting of restraints for staff as the least important reason. This study revealed an overall less favorable perception of restraints than previous studies. NAs favored physical restraint for fall prevention more than RNs. It was also noted that protection from physical abuse and patient combativeness was the most salient reason cited by the emergency department staff.

Giving your patient a voice with a tracheostomy speaking valve.

Bier, J., Hazarian, L., McCabe, D., & Perez, Y. (2004). Nursing, 16-18.