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Diane Boyle Fills UW’s Excellence Chair in Nursing

June 4, 2013
Diane Boyle brings a wealth of expertise to UW as the first excellence chair at Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

Diane Boyle, a prolific researcher and award-winning teacher, is the first excellence chair at the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

She is deputy director and co-principal investigator of the National Database of Quality Indicators (NDNQI) at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, where she has been a faculty member since 1994. The NDNQI focuses on patient safety and quality improvement efforts by providing national comparative data to participating hospitals, and conducting research on the relationship of nursing care and patient outcomes. 

Her appointment, through UW’s Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, begins Aug. 20.

Created in 2006 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the endowment brings distinguished scholars and educators to Wyoming. The legislation directed UW to strengthen instruction and research in disciplines related to economic and social challenges facing Wyoming.

At UW, Boyle will teach health outcomes and nursing quality indicators to both undergraduate and graduate students, and will provide instruction on research methodologies to doctoral students.

“Dr. Boyle brings to the University of Wyoming significant expertise in health outcomes, patient safety, nursing quality indicators, nursing workforce issues and health care work environments -- areas that are very important for the school, college and the state of Wyoming,” says School of Nursing Dean Mary Burman. “She also has a strong background in research methodology, focused specifically on measurement.” 

Boyle has received teaching awards for her work in undergraduate, masters and doctoral education in nursing. She has supervised a number of graduate students who also have received awards for their thesis/dissertation research. 

While at the University of Kansas, Boyle received several awards, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Investigators Research Award, Graduate Student Mentorship Award and the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

Boyle received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (1974) at the University of Maryland; her Master of Science in nursing (1982) at the University of North Carolina; and her doctoral degree in nursing (1990) at the University of Kansas.

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