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Pfeiffer faculty member listed among ‘Great 100' nurses in North Carolina

Dr. Dianne Daniel's work recognized by professional peers

Dianne_Daniels3Dr. Dianne Daniels, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer University, is among the list of The Great 100 nurses in North Carolina. This prestigious, peer-recognition award honors Daniels' work in the field of nursing and is awarded by the organization to help positively impact the image of nursing by promoting nursing excellence throughout the state.

Annually, 100 nurses from all areas of the nursing profession in North Carolina are recognized for their extraordinary contributions. Daniels, and the other recipients, will be honored during a formal gala on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Greensboro, N.C. Amnazo Christel Muhirwa, a pre-nursing student and psychology major from Charlotte, also received recognition from The Great 100. Muhirwa, who will also attend the Sept. 18 gala, is a 2010 recipient of The Great 100 Scholarship and receives a $2,000 award.

A Stanly County native, Daniels has made a number of important contributions to Pfeiffer since she joined the faculty in 2008. As the chair of the Department of Nursing in the School of Natural and Health Sciences, she was instrumental in the 2009 launch of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, which is expected to produce approximately 20 additional qualified nurses annually and began accepting students in fall 2009. She and Dr. Mark McCallum, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences, designed the nursing curriculum and Daniels has been responsible for implementation and direction of the new distinctive program.

"Dr. Daniels is a very deserving recipient of this distinguished award,” said McCallum. “I have found it a pleasure to work with her over the past two yeChristel_web_sizears and to watch the nursing program at Pfeiffer take shape due to her dedication, inspiration and vision."

Prior to joining Pfeiffer, Daniels held teaching positions at Stanly Community College, and more recently in the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte, where she coordinated the Learning Community for freshman and sophomore pre-health majors. Because quality of nursing care may be affected by negative attitudes and behaviors that develop during the early formative years when professional values are first developed, Daniels believes socialization of pre-nursing students is vital. Her interests are in nursing students' perceptions related to marginalized groups, particularly obese patients and aged patients.  Daniels areas of expertise and interest include the relationships between Body Mass Index (BMI) and related school outcomes for adolescents and the complexities of urban education in nursing instruction and vulnerable populations, which she investigated as a doctoral candidate.

Daniels received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Stanly Community College, and she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UNC Charlotte.

Pfeiffer's pre-licensure BSN program is open to qualified high school graduates and college students who wish to pursue a nursing degree. The four-year program consists of teaching and clinical experiences designed to prepare graduates to provide a high level of care to a variety of patients across the lifespan and diverse populations. The program's nursing curriculum is based on Christian principles and a patient-first, caring philosophy.

The Great 100, Inc., which was founded in 1988, honors the nursing profession within North Carolina. The group recognizes the importance of registered nurses in diverse practice settings, positively impacts the image of nursing and nursing as a profession, acknowledges 100 North Carolina nurses annually who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession and contributes funds for scholarships for registered nurse education. In the last twelve years $140,000 has been awarded for nursing scholarships.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.

Pictured: Daniels top right and Muhirwa is pictured bottom right.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or


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