Diane Butler, DNP, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC, NP-C
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Butler's research interests include nurse practitioners' implementation of evidence-based practice in primary and acute care as well as ethical/legal issues in health care, health policy, geriatric health issues, and women's health issues.
Butler, K. D. (2011). Nurse Practitioners and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice. Clinical Scholars Review, 4(1), 53-57.
Dr. Butler teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs on both campuses. She taught in the BSN program at the University of Tennessee at Martin and served as a clinical preceptor for Belmont University and Vanderbilt University graduate nursing students.
Dr. Butler holds memberships with the Tennessee Nurses Association, West Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Alliance, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing journals. She also volunteers with Remote Area Medical.
Dr. Butler has been a RN since 1976. She is certified as both a Family and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and provides primary care to residents of West Tennessee at a 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.
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, TN
MSN, Nursing Administration, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
BSN, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN
ASN, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN
Dr. Butler lives in Jackson, TN with her husband, Buddy. Their son, Brad, is a veterinarian and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Their "special nephew", Jason, just retired as a Major from the US Army Special Forces and has recently returned to TN. Dr. Butler enjoys her personal pets (Fridee, July, Weather,Shiloh & Smudge), music, reading, and movies. She is an avid fan of the Game of Thrones. House of Cards, and The Walking Dead.