Instructor Highlight: Diane Porter RN BSN CCRN - Nursing Program
At the age of four, wearing a Halloween costume she had asked her grandmother to make, Diane Porter was certain that nursing was her calling. She spent her youth bandaging dolls and stuffed animals; working in the lab, pharmacy, and medical ward as a candy striper; and joining the Future Nurses of America Club. In high school, she even took four challenging years of Latin to prepare for her future career.
Ms. Porter pursued her nursing degree at Maumee Valley School of Nursing in Toledo, where she was able to perform clinicals at the county hospital. The next few years kept her busy as she got married, had a daughter, and underwent a divorce. She completed her BSN later in Detroit, all while working full-time and parenting a teenager. Nothing could keep her from her dream.
Ms. Porter began her career performing medical-surgical nursing at Maumee Valley Hospital. When she eventually moved to Toledo Hospital to work night shifts, she was trained as a critical care float nurse for both ICU and CCU. She found that ICU was her niche; however, she never stopped seeking to learn more. Ms. Porter completed a critical care registered nurse program, becoming one of the first such nurses in the Toledo area. She was also the first nurse at Mercy Hospital to attain her advanced cardiac life support certification. As such, she became an ACLS instructor, training critical care nurses many life-saving skills.
Research was always important to Ms. Porter as well. She co-authored the committee report “Nurse’s Preferences as a Means to Teach Research” (2008) and was the lead author of the research report titled “The Effects of Music and White Sound on the Perioperative CABG Patient” (2000).
Ms. Porter's accolades include the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Nursing Excellence Award for Professionalism as well as the SVMC Award for Leadership. From 2003 to 2005, she served as the president of the Greater Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an organization in which she has held membership for over thirty-five years.
After retiring from St. Vincent's, Ms. Porter found herself wishing she could make connections with patients once again. She learned about Stautzenberger College from a former coworker and began teaching clinical rotations for the practical nursing program at St. Anne’s Hospital. Ms. Porter is proud to say that she loves every minute of teaching! She enjoys seeing students connect what they have learned in the classroom to the clinical setting.
To learn more about Stautzenberger College's practical nursing program, call 888.859.8225 or submit our Request Information form at the top of the page v. To anyone unsure of this career field, Ms. Porter advises you to take a chance and see how it can help you change and grow!