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Diane Whitehead

Senior Core Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Diane Whitehead received her undergraduate nursing degree from Florida State University, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, and her doctorate in education from Florida International University. She holds a second doctorate, Doctor of Nursing Practice, from Walden University. She has been actively teaching and administering associate degree, bachelor and graduate nursing programs for many years. Dr. Whitehead has also published in the areas of nursing leadership and management and online nursing education. Her textbook, Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management has been used in nursing programs for over a decade. Her new textbook, Leadership and the Advanced Practice Nurse was published in February, 2107. She serves as an editor for two textbooks for advance practice nursing currently in progress. She is a Fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators. Dr. Whitehead received the Walden University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence for 2020. Currently Dr. Whitehead serves as a full time faculty in the Walden University School of Nursing, teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Courses Taught

NURS 8110 - Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing

NURS 8410 - Best Practices In Nursing Specialties

NURS 8400 - Evidence-Based Practice I: Assessment and Design

NURS 8500 - Evidence-Based Practice II: Planning and Implementation

NURS 8510 - Evidence-Based Practice III: Implementation, Evaluation, and Dissemination


EdD, Florida International University

DNP, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN United States

MSN, University Miami

BS, Florida State University

Public Service

National Autism Society, Participant - Rosslyn, United States

Awards / Honors

South FL Org Nurse Excutives Leader of the Year, 2006

Professor of the Year College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern University, 2013

Nurse Executives Leader of the Year, South FL Organization Nurse Executives, 2006

Heavy Hitter in Healthcare, 2007

Fellow Academy Nursing Education NLN, 2008

Fellow Academy Nursing Education National League, Nova southeastern University, 2008

Community Service Award, University of Miami, 1989

Adjunct Faculty of the Year Univ Phoenix, 1999

100 Most Influential Women in Broward County, Women in Distress, 2009

100 Most Inflential Women in Broward County, 2009


Whitehead, D. K. (2014). Tobacco Cessation for Advanced Practice Nurses. Nurse Educator.

Whitehead, D., , D. P., , M. D. (2017). Leadership and the Advanced Practice Nurse.

Whitehead, D. K., , F. M. Health Promotion: and the Advanced Practice Nurse.

Whitehead, D. K., Fraire, M. (2019). Reducing Delirium in Hospitalized Older Adults with a Nursing Prevention Protocol. MEDSURG Nursing.

Bryant, L. E., Whitehead, D. K. (2010). Teaching Evidence-based Practice. .

Whitehead, D. K., Sandiford, J. (1998). Characteristics of effective clinical and theory instructors as perceived by LPN to RN students and generic students in an associate degree nursing program. Journal of Health Occupations Education.

Whitehead, D. K., Knee, R. (2000). Developing an online associate degree in nursing program. Nurse Educator.

Bryant, L. E., Whitehead, D. K. (2016). Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Informatics Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes among Entry-level Nursing Students. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.

Whitehead, D. K. (2002). The Nursing Shortage: An Online Approach. Journal of Innovation and Quality Management in Higher Education.

Tappen, R., Whitehead, D. K., Folden, S., Hall, R. (2003). Effect of a video intervention on functional recovering following hip replacement and hip fracture repair. Rehabilitation Nursing.

Whitehead, D. K., Knee, R. (1999). Enhancing nursing education with the World Wide Web. Journal of Health Occupations.


Whitehead, D. K., Long, J. M. (2016). Understanding Evidence Based Practice. Walden University.

Whitehead, D. K. (2015). Tobacco Cessation Training for Advanced Practice Nurses. Baptist Health .

Whitehead, D. K. (2015). Nursing Consortium of South Florida Education Conference. . Nursing Consortium of South Florida Education Conference. .

Whitehead, D. K. (2015). Nurse Faculty Role and Expectations. . Nursing Consortium of South Florida .

Whitehead, D., Lenhart, K. (2017). Leadership Strategies for Advancing Evidence Based Practice. Walden University.

Whitehead, D. K. (2018). Leadership for Self, Others, and the Organization. Nursing Consortium South Florida.

Whitehead, D. K., Long, J. M. (2017). Introduction to Evidence Based Practice. Cristus Trinity Mother Francis Health System.

Whitehead, D. K. (2017). Developing Your Faculty Scholarship Role. Frontier Nursing.

Whitehead, D. K. (2006). Creative Partnerships produce nursing faculty for Florida. American Association Colleges of Nursing.