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Dr. Diane K. Pastor

Dr. Diane K. Pastor, Assistant Professor

"It is a lot of work but very much worth it! You will enjoy forming communities with other students who share similar professional goals."


Degrees Held

  • Advanced Certificate as Adult Nurse Practitioner – Molloy College, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Nursing – Columbia University, 2008
  • MBA in Finance – Boston College, 1986
  • BSN – University of Maryland, 1979

Career Highlights

Associate professor of nursing with research interests in community caregiving for frail elders with dementia

Published research about hospice care, Alzheimer’s disease and family caregiving

Graduate council chair

In which online programs do you teach?

MSN Nurse Educator

Which class do you teach online?

NSG 593: Collaboration for Population Health, Finance, and Policy

What types of work/projects can students expect in your online courses

Research projects about current health policy issues

What advice would you give to people considering an online nursing program?

It is a lot of work but very much worth it! You will enjoy forming communities with other students who share similar professional goals.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, kindness and collegiality

What is the value of a BSN for current, working nurses?

Critical thinking, understanding research and community care

Why did you start teaching?

I love contributing to the next generation of thought leaders and caregivers.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science” by Atul Gawande

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I have an identical twin sister!

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