Winter 2021 Newsletter

Dr. Diane Switzer, Recipient of 2021 NP State Award for Excellence, will be inducted as Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Headshot of nursing faculty member Diane Switzer

Diane K. Switzer, DNP, ARNP, FAEN, is an assistant clinical professor, who joined SU’s faculty in 2014. She teaches graduate nursing students in the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) tracks.

When inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), Switzer will join a group of leaders whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care and the nurse practitioner role. The association has also awarded her the NP State Award for Excellence, which is given to one individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice.

Switzer said, “I have always had a passion for teaching—as a critical care RN, I developed Inservice Education offerings for my unit and I was the Inservice Educator at LBJ Medical Center, American Samoa… My dream of developing an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program brought me to Seattle University and the opportunity to work with Dr. Benjamin Miller in developing the AG-ACNP curriculum, incorporating emergency content, simulations, and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) workshops into the curriculum.”

Switzer, who has practiced emergency care at a Level One Trauma Center for 20 years, is a longtime member of the Health and Human Services (HHS) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Trauma Critical Care Team (TCCT), a team specialized in providing critical operative (surgical) emergency care to help people in the wake of disaster or emergencies. As part of this team, she was deployed to Puerto Rico to help care for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and sent to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010 where she helped treat numerous injuries and assist with surgeries. In 2020, she was deployed for COVID medical missions to Georgia to care for the quarantined cruise ship passengers and to El Paso, Texas where she ran a COVID ICU Unit.

“Dr. Switzer is a true servant leader in our midst. So many around the world have benefited from her compassion and commitment. We have so much to learn from her,” said Dean Kristen Swanson.

Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will be inducted at a ceremony in May. She will also be recognized for as a recipient of the NP State Award for Excellence during the 2021 AANP National Conference in June.

Read more about Dr. Switzer’s work in Puerto Rico in 2017.