Featured Colleague: Committed to Giving, Marci Dial Serves Through Nursing

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.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval. 

10 Comments

  • Carol J Millenson said:

    I am so pleased to see Dr. Marci Dial featured in The Grove! If you have never met or had the opportunity to work with Marci, you have now been introduced to one of the true gems among Valencia's faculty. I have had the joy of working with Marci, have watched as she has strategically stretched her vision and skills beyond the boundaries of the nursing program, and have seen her translate her innate kindness into inspiring civility in her students. As a breast cancer survivor I have also experienced her incredible personal support.

    PMMon, 03 Apr 2017 19:51:49 +0000Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:51:49 +0000pm17,7:51 pm

    • Marci said:

      Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement you have given me over the past seven years, Carol! Without my colleagues, I would never have known how far one can stretch. I am so blessed to have the best corner office neighbor and even more so by witnessing your strength and courage in beating that diagnosis! I'm so glad to be a cheerleader on "Team Carol!"

      PMTue, 04 Apr 2017 21:13:13 +0000Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:13:13 +0000pm17,9:13 pm

  • Rise W.Sandrowitz said:

    Dr. Dial brings a great deal of creativity and innovation to her class. She is always trying new ideas and seeking ways for her students to have a successful introduction to nursing. She loves what she does and her enthusiasm for nursing inspires her students. She is also one of the most considerate people I know.

    PMTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:13:36 +0000Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:13:36 +0000pm17,3:13 pm

    • Marci said:

      Thank you, Dean Rise Sandrowitz, I am very lucky to have a place on the most amazing team of nursing faculty. Under your guidance, we are growing together to accomplish many great things in our community. Thank you for allowing all of us to share our creativity and innovation with our students. We have the best future Nurses here at Valencia!

      PMTue, 04 Apr 2017 21:20:12 +0000Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:20:12 +0000pm17,9:20 pm

  • Jamy Chulak said:

    Its nice to see my friend, Dr. Marci Dial, featured in the grove. You are an amazing person to work with when I get the chance.

    PMTue, 04 Apr 2017 20:34:50 +0000Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:34:50 +0000pm17,8:34 pm

    • Marci said:

      Thanks so much, Jamy! Always love working with you, too! Looks like we are going to have many new opportunities to work together as our terrific teams collaborate on seeing some awesome visions come alive.

      PMTue, 04 Apr 2017 21:25:41 +0000Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:25:41 +0000pm17,9:25 pm

  • Mike Hilliard said:

    In the world that is Healthcare Simulation, Marci Dial is a name that is both recognized across local, regional, and statewide healthcare boundaries and one that is admired, appreciated, and well respected. It is my honor to work with her and her true spirit of professionalism.

    Mike Hilliard, AKA Santa

    AMWed, 05 Apr 2017 08:57:26 +0000Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:57:26 +0000am17,8:57 am

    • Marci said:

      Thank you, Mike "Santa" Hilliard! I must say the same comments apply to working with you, too, from me! Maybe if we keep it up we can buy that building!

      PMWed, 05 Apr 2017 22:12:56 +0000Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:12:56 +0000pm17,10:12 pm

  • Chanda Postell said:

    Congratulations, Marci! Very well deserved! I so appreciate how you have been dedicated to your students holistically, and I have loved working with you this past year! Can't wait for many more years of effecting change in the lives of our students!

    AMWed, 05 Apr 2017 09:30:09 +0000Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:30:09 +0000am17,9:30 am

    • Marci said:

      Thank you so much, Chanda, for your kind words and for the opportunity to work with you and your team ! I am so thankful to know that our work together has made a positive impact on our students and has helped them move closer to achieving their dreams. Here's to more dreams coming true and working together to make it happen!

      PMWed, 05 Apr 2017 22:17:47 +0000Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:17:47 +0000pm17,10:17 pm

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