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

Email: ejdiener@okcu.edu
Office: NSW 154
Phone: (405) 208-5944
Elizabeth 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. Functional interests include Qualitative Research, Spirituality, and Human Caring Theory. Dr. Diener has been a professor in nursing programs in Missouri and New York as well. She joined the faculty of Kramer School of Nursing in July 2009. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Holistic Nurses Association, and the Society of Arts in Healthcare. She maintains a private studio of textile and beading art, creating ceremonial prayer shawls.

Areas of Research:
Qualitative Research
  • Personal Narrative as an Intervention to Enhance Self-Transcendence in Women with Chronic Illness
  • Physical and Psychological Concerns of HIV+ Women with Young Children

    Human Caring Theory
  • Awakening Caritas: Utilizing Aesthetic Self-Reflection to Cultivate Healing Environments
  • Caritas Process Reflections- In Ascension with the Chakra System
  • Simulating Care: Technology-Mediated Learning in 21st Century Nursing Education

    Spirituality
  • Haelan-Based Practice in an Evidence-Based Practice World