Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Diener
Associate Professor of Nursing; Chair of Graduate Education

Office: NSW 154
Phone: (405) 208-5944
EElizabeth Diener, PhD, RN, CPNP, CNE received her Diploma in Nursing from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, in 1973 and her BSN from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. Dr. Diener received her MSN from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Women’s Health and completed her PhD at University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2003. She has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1977. Dr. Diener completed post-doctoral coursework in the Science of Human Caring Theory at the University of Colorado in 2008 and graduated in the inaugural class of the Watson Caring Science Institute as a Caritas Coach in April 2009. Her clinical practice areas have included Pediatric ER, NICU, ECMO team, and Pediatric HIV/AIDS care. Recent clinical nursing practice has involved Supervision roles in Long-term and Hospice care settings as well as wound care nursing. Dr. Diener has been a professor in nursing programs in Missouri and New York. She joined the faculty of Kramer School of Nursing in July 2009. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, Oklahoma Nurses Association, National League of Nursing, and the Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses Association. She maintains a private studio of textile and beading art.

Areas of Research:


  • Narrative
  • Phenomenology
  • Autoethnography

  • Watson's Human Caring Theory
  • Self-Care
  • Nurses' Experience of Trauma
  • Health Disparities
  • Cultural Differences