By Dani Moritz-Long
Professor of Nursing Marci Dial’s name comes with a series of designations — DNP, MSN, BSN, ARNP, NP-C, RN-BC, LNC, CHSE. Each acronym depicts a unique accomplishment and milestone in her nursing career. Viewed collectively, however, the alphabetical array symbolizes something deeper than her professional resume; it illustrates the core of who she is: a giver.
More than 20 years ago, Marci began her nursing journey right here at Valencia. Here, she explained, she found her calling and stepped into the foundation that continues to shape her both personally and professionally. At Valencia, she developed the means to live her passion of helping and healing others, and she never looked back.
After completing Valencia’s Nursing program in 1996, Marci went on to earn subsequent degrees, culminating in her Doctor of Nursing, and became a leader in nursing nationwide.
Along the way, she has served on editorial advisory boards, contributed to numerous nursing textbooks and educational resources, ushered in new ways of thinking, advocated for civility in nursing and promoted innovative practices like using simulation to promote situational awareness and patient safety. Recently, her work with a simulation assessment team was recognized by the American Journal of Nursing as the 2016 winner in the Digital Product Book of the Year Awards.
Twelve years ago, Marci added teaching to her resume when she decided to return to Valencia to share her experiences and passion with students. And in every step of her compassionate journey, she’s reveled in the opportunity to care for others, to gift her knowledge, experience and talent as a nurse.
“My favorite element of the nursing profession is that I can work doing the two things I love most,” she explained. “First, I enjoy working with student nurses and mentoring them to become the best nurses to provide care in our community or wherever they decide to go. Second, I am blessed to be able to continue my work as an advanced registered nurse practitioner by providing care to our under-insured and uninsured population, making sure that they and their families’ healthcare needs are met. Valencia gave me the means to give both things back to the community.”
As a professor, Marci most enjoys witnessing students achieve their dreams and going in the community to make a difference and become healthcare leaders in their own right.
“I am so proud of all the nursing students and even more so when they continue their own path to lifelong learning within the nursing profession,” she said.
Commenting on Marci’s impact on the College, Dean of Nursing Rise Sandrowitz said, “Dr. Dial is one of the most considerate human beings that I know. She is dedicated to the success of her students and is always seeking innovative ways to create a better learning experience for them. She can show up in costume to give them a chance to have a realistic patient interaction. She is also a leader in our simulation activities. She truly represents the best of Valencia.”
In her free time (the few moments she gets between teaching and nursing), you can find Marci enjoying family time, running, boating, traveling or, not surprisingly, volunteering.
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