Diane Ruppel, MSN, APRN, CNS-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
Diane L Ruppel is a clinical faculty member. She has co-authored several published
articles on staff learning needs assessment for nursing staff development and the
clinical nurse specialist’s role in implementing a differentiated nursing case management
care model. She is especially interested in chemical dependency in the elderly and
the different presentations of withdrawal in the older adult.
Diane began teaching at the nursing school in 1996. She teaches full-time in the undergraduate
psychiatric mental health nursing practicums. She has also taught in foundations and
community health. Diane has begun teaching in the gerontology lecture/on-line course.
She is on the graduate adjunct faculty and has supervised graduate students.
Diane’s teaching involves direct patient care and she is a trained crisis prevention
intervention teacher and a nationally certified clinical nurse specialist. She has
provided services as a trained congregational health promoter through the Church Health
Diane is presently serving on the faculty affairs committee. She has been co-advisor
for the student nursing association for several years. Diane has served in numerous
professional roles and she was recently elected as the president for district 1 of
the Tennessee Nurses Association. She was recently asked to be a member of the Congregational
Health Promoter’s Steering Committee.
Diane is married to Tom and they share teaching professions. They both love traveling
and have traveled throughout the United States. She enjoys being a volunteer with
Habitat for Humanity and reading a good book.