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Donald Wood


Donald Wood attended Florida Junior College, graduating in 1973 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. This was the start of a lifelong career in nursing that continues to the present. Donald trained as a nurse anesthetist in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1975 to 1977. Since then, he has administered regional and general anesthesia in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with patients from 3 days to 104 years old. Donald served as a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force for fifteen years. During that time he completed Squadron Officer School and the Air Command and Staff College. In addition to clinical anesthesia, Donald was active in disaster relief support and search and rescue training. He was an instructor for five summers at the Cadet Officer School teaching leadership and critical thinking skills.

In 2007, Donald became a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Further education in 2008 led to his becoming licensed as a Healthcare Risk Manager in Florida. Donald and his wife Deborah, who is also a nurse, formed Blythe-Wood, Inc., as a company offering risk management, legal nurse consulting, and nursing education services. Donald is currently enrolled at Western Governors University and expects to graduate in 2013 with a Master’s of Nursing degree.

Donald is the author of The Intelligent Nurse. This book is a quick introduction to some of the soft skills necessary to improve patient safety and satisfaction in the 21st century. In addition to speaking at local, state, and national meetings of health care providers, Donald's work has appeared in several magazines. He has been interviewed on The Nurse’s Station and Johnson & Johnson’s Nursing Notes Live podcasts. He excels at presenting up-to-date, immediately usable information that is relevant to today’s rapidly-changing health care field. Donald lives with his wife Deborah in North Central Florida. They have three grown children (a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist and a psychologist).

Websites: The Intelligent Nurse website, link to purchase book Website for speaker services Website for risk management and legal nurse consulting
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