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Dianne Daniels, award winning nurse, leads department to great success

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Dr. Dianne Daniels

Dianne Daniels stands out in Pfeiffer University's Division of Health-Related Programs, so as the chair of the Nursing Department, she has seen much success, both personally and for the nursing program.

In October, the department was recognized as a North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Hallmarks Healthy Workplace. This designation recognizes workplaces that form positive environments for nurses in North Carolina. According to Dr. Daniels, this distinction puts Nursing “on the right track” from its early stages and can also be used as a recruitment and retention tool for prospective students and faculty.

As for Dr. Daniels, she has received several recognitions, including the National League for Nursing Academic Educator Certification and The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina Award given by The Great 100, a grassroots peer organization that recognizes nursing excellence in the state. In 2012, she participated in the NCNA Leadership Academy, which promotes leadership within the healthcare industry by providing workshops for nurse leaders in North Carolina, and subsequently became a member of the inaugural graduating class.

Dr. Daniels discovered her passion for nursing early in her nursing career at Stanly Community College in Albemarle, N.C., where she earned her RN degree.  There, she met her mentor, Dr. Kay Smith, whose exceptional mentoring style influenced her to become a nurse educator.

When she learned in 2008 that Pfeiffer was planning a nursing program, she knew that with 16 years of educating nurses in Stanly and Mecklenburg Counties it would be a perfect fit.

“With a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, my training and education aligned with the task at Pfeiffer to design a new nursing curriculum,” said Dr. Daniels. “Additionally, I am very invested in my home-county and I want to see it succeed. In my role, I believe that I am giving back to the area that I love so much.”

Now that the nursing program is in full-swing, and its first class will graduate in May, Dr. Daniels is most proud of the fact that Nursing is receiving word-of-mouth recommendations.

“That is the ultimate stamp of approval,” said Dr. Daniels. “Our students and those familiar with our program see its value and are referring other people to us.”

Pfeiffer's nursing program boasts cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art nursing facility located on the second floor of Harris Science Building, which includes patient simulators, classrooms and an observation room from which faculty may program realistic patient-care scenarios for students to respond to in preparation for clinical training.

Dr. Daniels credits the success of the Nursing Department in part to the entire faculty. They are:

Susan Furr, assistant professor of nursing: Professor Furr holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C.; master's degree in social work from Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; master's degree and in nurse administration and post-master's certification in Education from Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C. Her previous teaching experience includes positions with Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Stanly Community College and Garringer High School, Charlotte; clinical experience includes nursing positions with Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews, N.C.; Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte; and Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, Concord, N.C.

Dana Martin, assistant professor of nursing: Professor Martin earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from UNC Charlotte, the latter with a double concentration in nurse education and community/public health nursing. In addition to experience working as a registered nurse and care technician, she has nurse education experience with Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte; UNC Charlotte; Pfeiffer University; and the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Martha Bramlett, assistant professor of nursing: Dr. Bramlett received a bachelor's degree in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill, bachelor's degree in biology from UNC-Charlotte, master's degree in nursing education and adult health from UNC-Greensboro and doctoral degree in nursing health care across the lifespan, gerontology from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Her previous teaching experience spans the southeastern U.S., most recently for UNC-Charlotte School of Nursing, preceded by Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Concord; University of South Carolina College of Nursing; University of Georgia Gerontology Center; and UNC-Greensboro, among others.

Rachel Wray Cozort, assistant professor of nursing: Dr. Cozort earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, master's degree in gerontology/nursing and doctoral degree in nursing from UNC-Greensboro. After working for more than 20 years in a variety of clinical settings, she turned her focus to educating nursing students, primarily at Lenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., while continuing to participate in a variety of research activities on matters related to the aging process.


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