Donna Brackley, RN, MSN,MA, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
John Muir Health

Education Credentials
Master of Science, Nursing – April 2007
Master of Arts, Organizational Management – 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Health Services Administration – 1980
Nursing Diploma – 1970                
Experience – Clinical/Management/Specialty Areas of Practice:

  • Graduated diploma program – 1970. 
  • Spent first 4 years in Pulmonary/Medical Surgical Nursing, Samuel Merritt Hospital
  • Became an ER nurse at Mt. Diablo Medical Center – 1974–1977
  • Entered Critical Care training program at Samuel Merritt Hospital – 1977. 
  • Worked as staff RN 3 years. 
  • Assumed fist management position in 1980 as head nurse/administrative leader for cardiovascular intensive care unit until 1989. 
  • In 1989, recruited to be critical care director at San Ramon Regional Medical Center (Tenet) as part of the opening management team for a new hospital. 
  • Became Nurse Executive/Associate Administrator in 1991 with responsibility for all nursing areas, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, volunteer services. 
  • In 1997, recruited from within company to become Vice President, Patient Care Services for Doctor’s Medical Center, San Pablo and Pinole campuses.
  • Recruited by John Muir Health April 2000 as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services.  
Greatest Satisfaction from Your Role/Profession/Career:
  • There is not just one single career opportunity or experience I can name.  Within every role, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow professionally.  I love being a nurse and being able to try to make a difference for both patients and staff. 
  • As a Clinical Nurse, I enjoyed working in fast-paced departments and being able to apply knowledge combined with clinical experience. 
  • As a Manager, I have had the opportunity to open a new hospital, create new programs, influence organizational cultures, and develop strategies to improve nursing satisfaction and patient care. 
  • I was extremely honored by the nurses at Mt. Diablo Medical Center when I was presented an award as the “Nurse Executive that Dares to Care” during Nurses Week in 2003. 
  • In 2005, I was a finalist for the Nurse Week/Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Leadership award in California. 
  • In 2007, I was recognized by Samuel Merritt as the “Outstanding MSN Graduate” in the Case Management program.
Hobbies or Fun Away from Work:

Gardening, reading, spending time outdoors, and vacations in warm climates. 

Transforming Hospital Culture Through Staff Empowerment - 3/31/2016