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November Member Spotlight: Lieutenant Commander David McDonald, MSN, RN, APN, CEN, CCNS, TCRN, FAEN

With November being National Veterans and Military Families Month, ENA is proud to spotlight one of its military members, David McDonald is an ENA Lifetime Member, AEN Fellow, and the 2022 North Carolina ENA State Council president-elect. He has been an ED nurse since 2004 and an ED clinical nurse specialist since 2009.

Dave joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 2011 and is currently stationed at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune in North Carolina as their ED CNS. He serves as the Navy's specialty leader for emergency/trauma nursing responsible for a community of more than 300 ED nurses across the globe. He currently holds the rank of lieutenant commander and has been selected to be promoted to commander in September 2022.



Tell us about your journey in the ED.

My journey into emergency nursing started the summer of 2003 as a nurse intern in the ED at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. I was hired into the ED as a new graduate extern the following year and that is where I honed my nursing skills under the mentorship of Gayle Walker-Cillo, who is still a mentor of mine today. In 2009, I started as an ED clinical nurse specialist at Overlook Hospital in New Jersey and then joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 2011. In my brief 10-year Navy career so far, I've been an ED CNS at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, NMC Camp Lejeune, the ship's nurse on an aircraft carrier, chief nursing officer of 2d Medical Battalion and am currently the Navy's specialty leader for emergency/trauma nursing. This year, I was humbled to be inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

How has ENA helped you along in your journey?

My mentor Gayle recruited me into the ENA shortly after getting my feet wet in the ED. The community, camaraderie, mentorship and networking it provided me as a new graduate was invaluable. As I became more involved in chapter, state and national levels of the ENA, those networks expanded across the world. Those mentors and networks have been tremendously helpful in continuing my professional growth as both an ED nurse and CNS since I joined ENA in 2006.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career in emergency nursing?

I am an avid sports fan. I tend to watch more sports than I play at this point in my life, but still enjoy playing basketball. I enjoy spending time with my family including my wife Kelly and two children, Madison and Caleb. I enjoy volunteering on humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic with the Foundation for Peace and serving on the North Carolina ENA Board of Directors.

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