Diane Difiore, DNP, MHSA, RN, NEA-BC, ACM-RM

Diane Difiore

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

In the news

  • Featured on WJR radio program “Champions of Care” with Lloyd Jackson:  Regarding Oakwood Emergency Facts: May 2014

  • Featured in NurseWeek- Featured in the Heritage News “Thinking About Nursing?"  It Can Be a Good Career Choice: March 10, 2010

  • Interviewed on the Jim Harper Radio Show, Magic 105, regarding career options within the profession of nursing:  May 2009

  • ASMI Webinar Presenter on “Engaging New Nursing Professionals with an Effective On-Boarding Program”:  July 29, 2008

  • Featured on WXYZ TV News Broadcast with Carolyn Clifford “Nursing Shortage”:  July 7, 2008

  • Featured in Vital Magazine, “In Search of Michigan’s Next Nurses”:  June 2008

  • WJR radio interview with Lloyd Jackson, “Nurse Recruitment and Retention”:  May 4, 2008


  • Social determinants of health
  • Employee engagement
  • Patient experience
  • Population health

Diane DiFiore is a multifaceted Nursing Leader with experience in Care Management Development and Education, Performance Excellence, Emergency Services, and Nursing Recruitment. She has extensive background in team leadership, enhancing employee training and education and development programs, increasing employee retention, and implementing systems and strategies to improve the overall patient experience. She has diverse professional experience and strong leadership, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills that support education and mentoriship.


Diane DiFiore has provided education in a variety of settings.  Classroom education provided by Ms. DiFiore occurs weekly with all new graduate and experienced nurses entering Beaumont Health. A monthly onboarding class is taught by Diane to all new care management staff.  Various semesters, Diane has been the preceptor for undergraduate and graduate Nursing students in their leadership immersion course.  Diane has presented for the national conference of American Association of Care Management on Onboarding for Care Management along with webinars on various nursing topics.

Affiliations / Service

  • American Association of Care Management: Current
  • Emergency Nurses Association: Current
  • International Women’s Leadership Association: July 2015 – Present; Voted Top Female Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs (2016)
  • RN-AIM: Current
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Zeta Chapter: March 1990 – Present, Nomination Committee Chair: 1995 – 1997

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Oakwood Healthcare System Graduate Nurse Residency Program awarded by the Michigan Health Council’s Building Michigan’s Healthcare Workforce Award in the category of Healthcare Workforce Retention: October 2010
  • Oakwood Healthcare System Relationship Oriented Care Program awarded by the Michigan Health Council’s Building Michigan’s Healthcare Workforce Award in the category of Healthcare Workforce Retention: October 2009
  • Oakwood Healthcare System awarded the Telly Award, which is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, in the Recruiting category for the nurse recruiting video, “You and I: Together, We’re Nursing”: Fall 2009


  • DNP, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CN
  • MHSA, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • BSN, Mercy College, Detroit, MI

Publication Highlights

  • Poster presentation American Care Management Association national conference “Revolutionizing Care Management Education”: April 2020

  • DiFiore, D. Assessing and addressing Care Management education and competency.  American Nurse Today.  Publication date pending.

  • DiFiore, D. Compassionate connections.  American Nurse Today. April, 2019.

  • Michigan Center for Nursing:  Poster presentation “Improving Empathic Communication:  A Test of Change”: October 2018

  • Beryl Institute:  Published case study “Compassionate Caring Connections”: July, 2018

  • RROHC Poster Presentation at Oakwood Evidenced-Based Practice Conference-First Place Winner: May 2007