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Dr. Diana Layne, PhD, RN, CPHQ is an Assistant Professor in the MUSC College of Nursing with primary teaching responsibilities in the PhD Program as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and Master of Science degree in nursing with a concentration in Acute Care Leadership from East Carolina University. She received her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Nursing Science. 


Dr. Layne is a palliative care researcher specifically interested in increasing early access to palliative care for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Ultimately, Dr. Layne is interested in improving overall quality for those living with dementia and their caregivers. In 2021, Dr. Layne received a KL2 Career Development Award through SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute. She is currently working to adapt and pilot test an existing nurse led palliative care intervention for use in individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. 

Dr. Layne
Scholar, 2023

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