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Dr. Diane Porretta Fox, Professor


"Students will learn how to improve collaboration with health care interprofessional team members, how it can improve patient care, and how the diversity in interprofessional contributes to their adaptability and sustainability."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – Eastern Michigan University, 2015
  • MSN – Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • BSN – University of Michigan, Magna Cum Laude, 1997
  • B.A. – Siena Heights University, Magna Cum Laude, 1989
  • A.S. – Washtenaw Community College, Respiratory Therapy, Honors

Career Highlights:

  • Taught former newborn patient I had cared for as an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) specialist on Dr. Bartlett's team at the University of Michigan Hospital—my tear-jerking highlight! As the student class response speaker, the student told the class I had saved his life as a newborn.
  • Have coauthored published articles
  • Achieved Graduate Certificates from EMU in Teaching in Health care Systems (2001) and Educational Leadership (2004)
  • Learning from others is always a highlight!
  • Survival Flight team member at University of Michigan hospital

In which online degree program do you teach?


  • Which classes do you teach online?

    NURS 479: Special Topic Courses (Introduction to Interprofessional Education – IPE Communication)

  • What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

    How to improve collaboration with health care interprofessional team members. How IPE can improve patient care. How the diversity in Interprofessional contributes to their adaptability and sustainability.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I started teaching because I love learning, and teaching is the best way to learn even more.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

    Be involved in the course and interact with your classmates. We all have much to learn, and it can be enjoyable even if it is work.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse." This book reminds us of why we became nurses.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the nursing profession?

    We have touched on the focus of continually improving ourselves as nurses and what makes a good leader is always a part of the conversation. Nurses are leaders in health care by being with patients 24/7.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

    The constant change in health care for all facilities is a challenge. The students know this and, as a class, we make efforts to embrace the change and be part of the solution. Most students are truly leaders.

  • Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

    I have a relative from the Revolutionary War who lived to be 103 years old, longevity is in my genes and I only work out to dance routines (Zumba, Jazzercise, etc.).

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