Meet Diane Erickson, MSUM’s new associate professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. She teaches a variety of courses to nursing students.
Q: What drew you to MSUM?
A: I went to school here multiple times, and I’ve always been drawn back. I’ve had a career in nursing for over 30 years and I wanted to get involved in teaching at the college level, so this seemed like an appropriate place to go since I love it here. I’ve been a dragon as a student and now I get to be one as a professor.
Q: What’s your favorite part about MSUM?
A: The people here. Everywhere I go people are so nice. I haven’t had one encounter that has been unpleasant.
Q: What energizes you at work?
A: The students – it’s great to see them excited about nursing and it fires me up. We need nurses more than ever and we are developing awesome ones here.
Q: How do you prefer to start your workday?
A: I have two food passions, Nutella, and Diet Coke. So, I drink a Diet Coke and eat Nutella with oatmeal every morning which is the perfect start to my day.
Q: What is the most interesting thing you’re working on right now?
A: I’m doing some committee work. It’s interesting to see the stuff that goes on behind the scenes and how people are trying to make their department better. Everyone has so much passion for what they do and it’s contagious. One of the reasons I wanted to teach is because I am passionate about nursing and helping people learn how to do this job.
Q: What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
A: Playing all kinds of games, my family gets very competitive about them. I also like to go motorcycling, biking, and running. I also like going to exercise classes and movies.
Welcome to the #DragonFamily, Diane.
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