Diane Butler, DNP, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Dr. Butler's research interests include nurse practitioners' implementation of evidence-based
practice in primary and acute care as well as geriatric and women's health issues.
Publications: Butler, K. D. (2011). Nurse Practitioners and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice. Clinical
Scholars Review, 4(1), 53-57.
Teaching: Dr. Butler teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs on both the Memphis
and Lambuth campuses. She previously taught in the BSN program at the University of
Tennessee at Martin. She has served as a clinical preceptor for Belmont University
and Vanderbilt University graduate nursing students.
Service: Dr. Butler holds memberships with the Tennessee Nurses Association, West Tennessee
Nurse Practitioner Alliance, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College
of Nurse Practitioners, Southern Nurses Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International
Nursing Honor Society. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing journals.
Practice: As an advanced practice registered nurse,Dr. Butler is certified as both a Family
and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She has provided primary care to residents
of West Tennessee for the past 17 years and continues to work at a federally designated
rural health clinic for the medically underserved. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner,
Dr. Butler was a certified critical care nurse working in staff, education, and administrative
positions in a variety of adult critical care units in hospitals in Jackson, Franklin,
and Columbia, TN.
Education:Doctor of Nursing Practice, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate, Kaplan University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Belmont University, Nashville,
MSN, Nursing Administration, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis,TN
BSN, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN
ASN, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN
More: Dr. Butler lives in Jackson with her husband, Buddy. Their son, Brad, is a veterinarian
and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They have a "special nephew", Jason, who is a Major
in the US Army stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. The Butlers enjoy working with a local
companion pet rescue group, caring for their many personal pets, listening to music,
reading books, and gardening as well as avidly supporting our military and wounded