Diane Scott, RN, MSN, ACC

Adjunct Professor
Diane Scott
Career Highlights
  • 25+ years of healthcare leadership experience
  • 10+ years of International leadership consultant working with healthcare, corporate, and world leaders
  • 10+years Executive Coaching experience

Ms. Scott has been a graduate-school faculty member at Loyola University in New Orleans since 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science (MS) in Nursing from Duquesne University. She then completed a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University in 2012, which she uses to expand her extensive leadership experience in the medical sector. Ms. Scott was the director of HCA Inc, CJW Medical Center in Richmond Virginia and also of the Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant, Lung Transplant, Artificial Heart Device and Thoracic Surgery Departments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System. She was the practice manager of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Cardiology, and the performance and productivity project manager and implementation lead, and human resource specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System.

Since 2005, Ms. Scott has served as an executive coach to world leaders, executives and consultants within the private, federal and university sectors through iOpener Institute for People and Performance, of which she is a founding member and global partner. As her goal with each client is to research and deliver increased performance and productivity, she brings considerable real-world experience to the table as she demonstrates how to be an influencer and leader. She’s worked with healthcare-service clients such as the Methodist Healthcare System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Iowa Clinic, Northside Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Corporate and federal clients include the Westminster Canterbury, Yahoo, Netflix, The McDonald’s Corporation, The United Nations, and Procter and Gamble.

“Failure is Impossible” my favorite quote from Susan B. Anthony

Courses Taught

711 Nursing Informatics
712 Nursing Financial Resources I
716 Health Care Quality and Safety
740 Health Care Systems
744 Nursing Financial Resources II
748 Human Resource Management

Published Works

Designing Safer Patient Rooms., December 2007, The American Nurse. National article describing innovations in safer patient rooms design.
Designing Better Work Spaces for Nurses and Patients. May 2007. Center for American Nurses. Brochure and resource guide for health care administrators working with newly designed or expanded buildings.
Going green with health care design. The American Nurse. March/April 2007. Article describing environmental healthcare design.
Designing Better Physical Environments for Today’s Nurse. Center for American Nurses. November 2006. White paper describing advances in evidence based design and healthcare.
Connecting Architecture with Nursing. Nursing in Virginia: March 2006. Innovative article describing architectural advantage of evidence-based design.
Designing Great Work Spaces for Nurses. ADVANCE for Nursing: June 2006. Nationally published with a distribution of 880,000 subscribers. Author of article describing evidence based design linking medical and architectural research to improve the design of healthcare spaces.

Additional Publications

Addressing the 2009 Joint Commission Leadership Standards on Conflict. Nurses First 1(3). Winter, 2009.
The Case for Resiliency. Nurses First 1(3). Winter, 2009.
Being a Self-Advocate for Your Professional Life. Nurses First, 1(1). Summer, 2009. Premier Issue addressing career mentoring for the professional nurse.
Physician-Nurse Conflict. Nurses First, 1(1). Summer, 2009
Finding Direction for your Nursing Career: The benefits of career coaching. Nursing That Works, Fall, 2008.
Conflict and the Nursing Workforce: Creating Opportunities for Growth. Center for American Nurses. 2009. Online CE offering addressing conflict in the workplace.
Pay for Performance: Nursing That Works, Center for American Nurses, April 2008
Happiness at Work. Nurses That Work. December 2008.
The Cost of Avoiding Conflict: Nurses First, Summer 2008. Premier Issue Article describing the detrimental effects of conflict avoidance.
When the State Board Calls. Nursing That Works, Center for American Nurses, December 2007
How to ask for help. Center for American Nurses. December 2007. Article describing how enhance communications within the workplace.
The Generations at Work. The American Nurse. May/June 2007. Article describing generational conflict within the workplace.
Focus on Wellness. Center for American Nurses. Author of monthly website page addressing pertinent healthcare topics. 2006- present.
Making Networking Work for You. Nursing That Works, Center for American Nurses, July 2007. A four part series describing the influence of networking for professional and personal advancement.
Career Planning: Your Nursing Future. February, 2007. A comprehensive brochure to guide and direct nurses through all phases of their nursing career.
Collaboration with your Boss: Center for American Nurses. November, 2006. Article describing developing relationships with supervisors
Mastering the Job Interview. Nursing That Works, Center for American Nurses, February, 2007. Guide to successful interviewing for healthcare professionals.
Career Coaching for Nurses. The American Nurse. December 2006. Article describing the benefits of Career Coaching for nurses.
Getting it All Done. Virginia Nurses Today. December 2006. Article describing time management techniques for hospital administrators.
Is Management Right for Me? ADVANCE for Nursing. October 2006. Article describing challenges for transitioning into a leadership role.
Creating Great Leaders. ADVANCE for Nursing. August 2006. Cover story describing highly successful nursing manager development program conducted by the Nursing Mentors Group.
Productivity 101. Virginia Nurses Today: May 2006. Article describing how to manage performance and productivity measurements for nursing leaders.
Clear Vision. Virginia Nurses Today: February 2006. Article describing the building blocks of effective front line nursing management.
Management Mentoring. Virginia Nurses Today: November 2005. Author of recurring column addressing nursing leadership issues.
Pathways to Greatness. ADVANCE for Nursing: October 2005: 7 (24): 13. Article describes successful individual plans to encourage staff nurses to improve job performance.
Keeping New Nurses. ADVANCE for Nursing: September 2005: 7 (20): 52 Article designed to mentor nursing managers to retain the newly hired nurse.
The Right Environment. ADVANCE for Nursing: May 2005: 7(12): 16-18. Featured cover publication depicting the creation of the highly successful Levinson Heart Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.


Certificate in Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University
MS in Nursing, Duquesne University
BS in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh