Meet Diana

Updated: Mar 6

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Diana Odland Neal

PhD, RN, PHN • she / her / hers

Nurse, Educator, Mom, Friend, Traveler

Diana is an Associate Professor of Nursing at St. Olaf College and a pediatric nurse in an Infant Intensive Care Center at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She has a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College, a MS in Maternal-Child Health Nursing and Education from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Nursing within the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs and a minor in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of research focus are on educational strategies related to teaching undergraduate nursing students, debriefing in simulation, and music as a nursing intervention for preterm infants and people with Parkinson’s disease.

Being a member of the Leadership Council of MinnHNA has provided a connection with some of the most amazing, compassionate, and passionate people she has ever met. Holistic and Complementary Therapies have changed her life and she hopes to educate and empower others about holistic healing practices.

She is most passionate about holistic nursing care for children, providing health care in rural villages within Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa, and educating nursing students as well as boating, hiking, skiing, traveling, and yoga.



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