In 2014, Diane was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. In 2007, Long-Term Living Magazine named her one of long-term care’s 10 most influential people of the past 40 years for harnessing the power of the Internet and web-based learning in 1999 and for being the creative force behind the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). More recently, she has overseen development of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) and its constituent associations, AANAC and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).
AAPACN provides support for the work-lives of nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing services in long-term care (LTC). Diane’s leadership has made AANAC the premier association for LTC nurses, providing more than 14,500 clinicians daily with pertinent information that is accurate and current. With the launch of AADNS, she plays a major role in getting the LTC nursing voice heard, advancing a national agenda to meet the needs of elders and others residing in LTC.
Prior to forming AAPACN, Diane was the associate director of the Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, now LeadingAge, and the RAI/MDS coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She was an advisor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly HCFA, and an advisor on developing the Quality Indicators and Quality Measures.
As deputy director of support and analytical services for the Health Facilities Division of CDPHE, Diane worked in survey and certification, complaint investigations, and regulatory analysis. She is SMQT certified in survey and complaint investigations by CMS. As director of regulatory affairs for the Colorado Health Care Association, she spoke widely on federal regulation. At the Center for Health Services Research, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Diane helped conduct the national Swing Bed Study; the Cost, Quality and Case Mix Study; the Teaching Nursing Home Study; and the Colorado Case Mix Study.
Diane earned a BS and MS in nursing administration and is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing. Her career began as a nursing home nursing assistant; her RN career began in surgical intensive care and as director of nursing in a Denver nursing home.