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Diane M. Breckenridge, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., ANEF

Director, Nursing Workforce, Strategies for Success and Associate Professor


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Dr. Diane Breckenridge’s work with students at risk dates back to her doctoral studies developing the Risk Assessment Profile Strategies for Success (RAPSS) Instrument and Program to identify at-risk students entering nursing programs to enhance their success in progressing, graduating, and their first time licensing exam pass rate.  Dr. Breckenridge’s Strategies for Success Program also addresses career ladder approaches with articulation and bridge programs to advance nurses from R.N. to BSN and MSN degrees, as well as to doctoral education.  She developed the Theory-Guided Evidenced-Based Approach Framework during postdoctoral training and fellowships to identify client, family, and health-care system problems; identify evidence in the literature; determine a theoretical-conceptual framework; and establish best practices by research utilization or proposing a research study. This approach led to the development of the Research Approach in Nursing (RAIN) Programs for nurses to conduct evidence-based practice and research as their hospitals seek Magnet Designation. 

Presently, Dr. Breckenridge is the incoming President of the International Neuman Systems Trustees Group, working collaboratively with colleagues from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, in her Global Health travel study/exchange course.  She is the Director of the Nursing Workforce Strategies for Success Program - a three year $962,000 Human Research and Services (HRSA) grant addressing the pre-entry, retention, graduation, and first time pass rate of the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam to increase culturally competent nurses entering the workforce. She is also an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of the Advancement of Nursing Education (PCANE) having co-authored the comprehensive Pennsylvania White Paper on Educational Advancement of Nurses.

Dr. Breckenridge has been appointed to the National League for Nursing Strategic Planning President’s Committee for NLN’s move to Washington, D.C. As the nationally elected Chair of the Nursing Education and Research Council of the NLN, Dr. Breckenridge co-led the group in the establishment of the NLN research priorities. She has been recently recognized by the NLN as being instrumental in the newly created Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education dedicated to the implementation of evidence-based nursing education.  In 2011, Dr. Breckenridge was elected as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education. She is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association’s Global Citizen Award bestowed on a member who has contributed to human rights concerns domestically and internationally for nurses.

Areas of Expertise

  • Education Outcomes: Career Ladder and Articulation Programs; and the student/nurse from diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Theory-Guided Evidence-Based Practice and Research Approach in Nursing (RAIN Programs) for Magnet Hospital Designation 


  • Post-Doctoral Marion Loist Nursing Foundation Research Fellowship and Post-Doctoral NIH Center for the Advancing Care in Serious Illness Training, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Maryland
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania


Undergraduate and Graduate

  • PHLT: 250/550 Global Health didactic and travel study/exchange to the Netherlands

R.N. to BSN

  • NUR 418 - Management/Leadership/Group Dynamics

Graduate Teaching (MSN)

  • NUR 604 - Research for Evidence-Based Practice I

Most Recent Grants/Research

Awarded a three-year, $962,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity grant entitled “Students at Risk, Strategies for Success” from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the grant is to prepare at-risk diverse, underrepresented, disadvantaged students for the academic challenges of a baccalaureate nursing program and to retain them in the nursing major, graduate, and pass the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam as first time candidates and enter the workforce as culturally competent nurses.

Selected Publications

Breckenridge, D. M., Wolf, Z., Roszkowski, M. (2012) The Risk assessment profile, Strategies

for success instrument: Determining prelicensure nursing students’ risk for

academic success.  Journal of Nursing Education. Online, January 2012; Print, March



Breckenridge, D. M. (2011). Evidence-based practice and the Neuman systems model (Chapter

17).  In J. Fawcett & B. Neuman (Eds.), The Neuman Systems Model (5th ed.)

(pp. 245 252). Norwalk, CT: Prentice-Hall. 

Breckenridge, D. M. (2010).  A time to give back: Personal philanthropy (Chapter 17).  In J. J

Fitzpatrick, C. M. Shultz, & T. D. Aiken (Eds.), Giving Through Teaching: How Nurse

Educators are Changing the World (pp. 37-381).


Schmock, B. N., Breckenridge, D. M., & Benedict, K. (2009). Effect of sacred space

environment on surgical patient outcomes: A pilot study. International Journal for Human

Caring, 13(1), 49-59. 


Wolf, Z. R., & Breckenridge, D. M. (2008). Critiquing nursing research articles:  Safety

research.  Quality and Safety Education for Nurses.


Breckenridge, D. M. (2006). Hospital diversity initiative for new access students: NETS, a

career ladder program. Pennsylvania Nurse, 61(4), 22-23.

Selected Presentations

Strategies to Increase the Global Nursing Workforce for Culturally Competent Care, Sigma

Theta Tau International's 23rd International Nursing Research Congress, July 2012,

Brisbane, Australia. 

Reflections of the Neuman Systems Model International Trustees Group 1974-2012

as the President-Elect for the First Nursing Congress at the School of Nursing

in Hasselt, Belgium, June 13, 2012.

Neuman Systems Model and Evidence-Based Practice at the International Neuman Systems

Model Platform in Breda, Holland, June 15, 2012.


Visiting Professor, Graduate Nursing Studies, Hogeschool van Utrecht, Netherlands and to

present A Health Care Focus: Prevention Interventions and a Global Perspective at

the International Neuman Systems Symposium, June, 2010.