Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence in Occupational Health Case Management Award

This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) to the individual who achieved the highest score on the previous year’s Case Management (CM) certification examination. 

This award was established in January 2000 to honor Ada Mayo Stewart.   In 1895, Ms. Stewart was one of the first industrial health nurses in the United States.  Her practice at the Vermont Marble Company involved many facets of occupational health case management.  She worked in the clinic, provided health education for employees and their families and made home visits.  She was the first case manager in occupational health nursing as we know it today. This year, ABOHN had two individuals tie for this award;

The 2018 recipient of the Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence Award in Case Management is:


                                       Donna C. Ferreira ANP, MS, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN

Donna C. Ferreira is a Case Manager for Premise Health serving a large defense company for 12 years.  She was a Business Operations Manager overseeing twelve on-site Health Centers.  She has over 30 years of experience in occupational health nursing which includes 18 years as Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the Medical Department at a large electric utility.

Donna is board certified in occupational health nursing, case management, hearing conservation and as an adult nurse practitioner.  She is a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  Donna serves on the Board of Directors and was past Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN).  She was a past President and Vice President of the Central Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  Donna was the recipient of the MaAOHN state Nurse Excellence Award in 2014.  She was the National Chairperson for Nurses of the Edison Electric Institute. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing where she was the President of the Honor Society.  Her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing was from Fitchburg State College. 

Donna has been published in The Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Health Management journals.  She has been a presenter at over fifty national and international conferences on various topics in occupational health. 

She lives in Shirley, Massachusetts with her husband Michael.  They are very proud of their two daughters, Jennifer and Katie.  Donna enjoys her horses, kayaking, swimming, guitar, competitive volleyball, and water color painting.

Congratulations Donna, your commitment to your profession is remarkable!