Donna began her nursing career in 1985 as a nurse in general neurology, neurological ICU and neuroradiology at Barrow Neurological Institute. She went on to accept a position in the Legal Department of Samaritan Health System, now Banner Health, and began her career as a legal nurse consultant. Donna earned her certification in healthcare risk management from a capstone program offered by MMI Companies and the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1994. She was among the first nurses to become certified as a legal nurse consultant (LNCC) during the inaugural testing in 1998. Donna ran her own consulting practice, From 1999-2012, Donna operated a consulting firm, MedLaw Discovery Services, which offered services to both hospital and law firm clients in professional and general liability claims investigation, healthcare risk management services, medical litigation support and computerized trial support. She was employed by Banner Health Risk Management from 2012-2014 as a Risk Management consultant with a focus on loss prevention and claims management for employed and insured physicians. She joined the Checkett Law Firm in late 2014 and currently supports the firm in all medical aspects of hospital, long term care and physician defense.