Nursing Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kostrzewski

Diana-KWe recently had the opportunity to interview Diana Kostrzewski, Ph.D., R.N., the Dean of Nursing for the RN to BSN and online nursing degree programs. Dr. Kostrzewski’s nursing experience is deep and wide in settings that range from acute and long-term care, to public health and nursing education. She is passionate about delivering quality education to online nursing students and today she will share some key insights into her experience in the nursing profession.

Q&A with Dr. Diana Kostrzewski

Why is it a great time to go into nursing?

In my opinion, it has always been a great time to go into nursing. Nursing provides so many different career opportunities within the profession. You can work in a variety of settings—as I did—and you can specialize in a variety of specialty areas such as public health nursing, school nursing, corrections, cardiac care  oncology, emergency nursing, nursing informatics… the options are vast and limited only by your individual sense of adventure and willingness to learn and grow in the profession.

Why did you become a nurse?

My family decided I would be a good nurse. In my younger years, I loved hats. As part of my search for the perfect nursing program, I spent a great deal of time looking at the nursing cap from each school. As silly as this may sound today, it really was the nursing cap that drew me to nursing. Once enrolled in my first nursing program, I was drawn to the profession by the science of nursing and the opportunity to serve others.

More About Dr. Kostrzewski:

Dr. Diana Kostrzewski currently serves as the Dean of Nursing for the Rasmussen RN to BSN and online nursing degree programs. In a nursing career spanning more than three decades, Diana has served as a staff nurse, supervisor, nurse administrator, and nurse educator in settings that include acute care, long term care, home care, hospice, public health, and nursing education (traditional campus and online delivery). Her administrative roles include director of nursing for long term care facilities, home care/hospice agencies, and public health agencies. Diana has been teaching in or leading nursing programs in higher education for more than a decade in Graduate, Bachelor’s, Associate’s degree-level programs.

Diana holds a Diploma from Agassiz Valley School of Practical Nursing, an Associate’s degree in nursing from Northland Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Moorhead State University, a Master of Science degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University. Diana is a member of the National League for Nursing, National Organization for Associate’s Degree Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau.

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