UC Irvine Health Affairs

Donna Grochow, MSN, RNC-NIC, WCC

Director, Nursing Quality, Research, Education and Magnet Programs

Donna Grochow is the director of the Magnet and Nursing Quality, Research Education programs. Her role is to facilitate the provision of educational programs that will benefit nurses at all stages of their career.  She also ensures the patient education department, nursing vascular access team and skin, wound and ostomy team have the tools they need to serve both patients and staff. 

Grochow has served in numerous roles in her 35 years as a nurse, including neonatal intensive care unit staff nurse, Magnet Program director, neonatal clinical nurse educator, interim chief nursing officer and director of Nursing Quality, Research and Education.

In her role as director of the Magnet Program, Grochow facilitates all of UC Irvine Medical Center’s efforts regarding Magnet Designation, the “gold standard” for the recognition of the contributions nurses make to health and quality patient outcomes.     

Grochow was attracted to UC Irvine and continues to practice nursing here because of the medical center’s environment of continuous learning and diversity. Donna enjoys the dynamic environment of an academic medical center where nurses are not afraid of new challenges and always willing to learn new skills and techniques.  She believes she is surrounded by the brightest and best nurses.