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Diane Vines named new dean of nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles / Sept. 17, 2013 — Diane Vines, PhD, has been appointed the new dean of nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Vines served most recently as director of Mount St. Mary's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, where she supervised 28 faculty and staff, as well as 300 students.

"Diane brings a wealth of experience as a nursing educator, clinician, administrator and visionary leader to the position," says Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of the College. "We take great pride in our innovative nursing program and I am thankful that Diane's vision and wisdom will ensure its continued growth."

Already, Vines has proved her commitment to innovation for excellence. Mount St. Mary's is now integrating simulations into all clinical and theory-based courses. That includes the creation of four community health simulations to provide realistic clinical experiences in settings where students may not otherwise get the experience. She is also project director for a UniHealth Foundation grant to study the future role of nurses.

"I have a deep respect for the stellar reputation of our nursing graduates and the absolute dedication of the Mount nursing faculty and staff to the success of our students," Vines says. "I will strive to bring to fruition the creative ideas of our students, faculty and staff, and help to implement innovations that keep our programs relevant and our students prepared to provide holistic, skilled care to patients."

Before coming to Mount St. Mary's in August 2012, Vines was an associate professor and lead faculty member for the community health nursing program at the University of Portland. Prior to that, she founded and coordinated the Oregon Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative.

Throughout her career, Vines has worked in a variety of clinical, academic and policy fields. In academia, Vines was vice president for academic development for the California State University Institute, and later the vice chancellor for the Oregon University System. She was also dean of nursing at the School of Health at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

On the policy side, Vines has been a White House Fellow, working as a special assistant and policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Vines also co-founded and directed the federal National Adult Literacy Initiative with former First Lady Barbara Bush.

In addition to her full-time role as dean of nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Vines has a part-time private practice as a rapid resolution therapist for survivors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her work in the PTSD field led her to become a member of the L.A. Veterans' Collaborative. Vines recently authored a book, "Angel Walk: Nurses at War in Iraq and Afghanistan." She is also the principal investigator in a national study on women who have been prostituted or trafficked, researching survivors' childrearing, healthcare and intergenerational issues.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body. As a Catholic college primarily for women, we are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit of service. Our measure of success is graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments and the world.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University's Nursing Programs
Mount St. Mary's nursing programs have a rich history. In 1952, the College created the first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the state of California. Since then, the College has added Associate of Arts, Master of Science and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, as well as a new RN to BSN Completion Program. All of the College's nursing programs are taught based on the Roy Adaptation Model of professional nursing care that is widely used around the world, and focuses on understanding the cultural, emotional and physical issues facing each patient, and providing them with sensitive, respectful care. The Roy Adaptation Model was developed by Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63, a Mount Saint Mary’s University alumna and former chair of the Mount's nursing program.

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