UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Leadership Council Staff Member Dawndra Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Dawndra Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

For over 30 years, Dr. Jones has worked at UPMC, a large integrated health delivery system in the state of Pennsylvania. Her roles spanned from staff nurse to various nursing leadership and executive positions.

Currently, Dr. Jones serves as Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. She is responsible for driving, supporting and modeling a caring service-oriented professional culture focused on employee engagement, quality, patient safety, service excellence, fiscal responsibility, and the overall patient experience.

Dr. Jones previously served as the Chief Nursing Officer at UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport. Her expertise is in leadership development, performance management, workforce planning and development, populations health and financial management. She is a national conference speaker on various topics including nurse manager scope and span of control, diversity and inclusion, and various professional development and advancement strategies.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Carlow University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in nursing administration with a minor in nursing informatics from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing. Dr. Jones holds a Nurse Executive Advance certification from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Currently she serves on the FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Advisory Committee, the state of Pennsylvania’s Action Coalition’s Nursing Diversity Council, member of the UPMC Board Inclusion & Diversity Committee, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and American Nurses Association.  She also serves on several  Board of Directors for organizations and is immediate past president of the Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action, which is the local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. She is one of the founders and program director of the PBNIA Future Nurses Academy, a mentorship program for diverse nursing students attending nursing programs within the Greater Pittsburgh area. Dr. Jones has received numerous awards including recipient of the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award in the CNO/Executive category. She was ranked 23rd by Talk Magazine’s 100 Most Influential African American Pennsylvanians. In 2019, she was recognized by the Pittsburgh Courier with a Women of Excellence Award and by Pittsburgh Magazine with the Nursing Excellence in Leadership Award.