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Donna J Calvin, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Clinical Professor

Health Systems Science


Building & Room:

1036 NURS


845 South Damen

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2393

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Selected Grants

American Nephrology Nurses Association, African Americans' Perception of Chronic Kidney Disease, PI

Selected Publications

Staffileno, B., Coke, L., Hamilton, R., Fogg, L., Calvin, D., Quinn, L. (2017) Understanding experiences of diabetes medications among African Americans living with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 28(4): 363-371.

Calvin, D., Watley, S. (2015). Diabetes and hearing loss among underserved populations. Nursing Clinics of North America, 50(3), 449-456 

Calvin, D. (2013). A possible explanation for African Americans’ poor type 2 diabetes outcomes. NBNA News,  Fall 2013 p.23

Calvin, D., Quinn, L., Dancy, B., Park, C., Fleming, S., Smith, E. (2011).  African Americans’ perception of risk for diabetes complications. Diabetes Educator, 37(5), 689-698.

Hain, D., Calvin, D., & Simmons, D. (2009). CKD education: An evolving concept. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 35(4), 317-319.

Calvin, D., & Roberts, K. (2005). The role of the nurse practitioner in a CKD clinic. Nephrology News and Issues, 9(7

Service to Community

2016-present               Chronic Kidney Disease educator (Advocate Healthcare)

2016-present               International American Medical Mission board member


2008-present              University of Illinois Urban Health Program Community Advisory Council

1985-present               Trinity United Church of Christ Health Ministry, Chicago IL

Co-facilitator of a diabetes support group


University of Illinois at Chicago PhD 2009 Nursing Science
Saint Xavier University MS 1997 Nursing
Chicago State University BSN 1980 Nursing

Licensures and Certifications

1997-present              Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

1997-present               Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner - Illinois

1999-present               APN Midlevel Practitioner Controlled Substance License – Illinois

1991-present               Board Certified Nephrology Nurse -American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

1980-present               Registered Professional Nurse - Illinois

Professional Memberships

2009-present              American Public Health Association

2007-present              South Suburban Nurses in Advanced Practice

2005-present               Midwest Nursing Research Society

2000-present               Sigma Theta Tau

2001-present               National Kidney Foundation

1988-present               American Nephrology Nurses’ Associati

1979-present               National Black Nurses Association



Selected Presentations

Calvin, D. (2018, April) African Americans’ perception of chronic kidney disease. Poster presented at the  American Nephrology Nurses 2018 National Symposium, Las Vegas, NV.

Calvin, D. & Tysoe, R. (2014, August) Diabetes and hearing impairment–hemorheological pathologies influencing clinical outcomes. Paper presented at the National Black Nurses 42nd Annual Institute and Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Calvin, D. (2012, October). An innovative approach to managing diabetes in a large urban public health           system. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA.

Calvin, D. & Crawford, C. (2016, September) Guide to CKD Detection and Delaying Progression Presented at Advocate Healthcare, Oaklawn, IL