Diana Pearson, R.N., M.S.N.
Diana Pearson, R.N., M.S.N., received a Master's Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Regis University in Colorado. She obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Chemeketa College in Oregon. Diana worked as a nurse in Oregon, Hawaii, and Southern California before coming to the UC Davis Health System in 1989. Her clinical experience includes pediatric, neonatal and surgical intensive care, post-anesthesia recovery, obstetrics, high-risk labor & delivery, flight nursing and emergency care. She has been a Critical Care Registered Nurse since 1985, and has been a field nurse for service teams in Central America and the Philippines.
Diana has taught since 1991, as the educator and administrative nurse for the health system's Pediatric and Neonatal Transport program. In this role, she developed educational programs for flight nurses, paramedics, emergency nurses, and pediatric/neonatal critical care nurses. She has led and trained intra-professional teams that included Pediatric/Emergency Medicine residents and Neonatal Fellows on topics such as altitude physiology, critical thinking, communication, and transport medicine. Diana served as Regional Director for the Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course overseeing courses held in the Western States, Alaska, and Hawaii. She has presented at national conferences, been involved in research, and has published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine and the Air Medical Journal. Diana received the Nursing Excellence Award in 1999, for creating a system that enables community physicians to receive life-saving stabilization advice for children prior to tertiary care transfer.
Diana comes to the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing from the Pediatric Emergency Department with over 20 years of experience in education and curriculum development. She has taught both theory and hands-on skills such as x-ray interpretation, ventilator management and invasive surgical skills using cadaver and simulation models. She served as a facilitator for the UC Davis Health System Nurse Residency Program, and instructs for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Diana is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Sigma Theta Tau Research and Honor Society for Nurses. Diana’s interests include education and research; her passion is to contribute towards the nursing profession in ways that empower nurses to flourish and reach their full potential.