Diane Paulson

Diane joined Acute Care Education after retiring from the Army Nurse Corps in 2006 and became sole proprietor as of March 28, 2019. Her years of service have led her to a variety of clinical and management areas in healthcare. Her most notable assignments were head nurse of the emergency treatment section of 2 deployed Combat Support Hospitals (Kosovo and Kuwait). She has also been a head nurse of a family practice clinic, a head nurse of a small ICU/PACU and evening night supervisor of a major army medical center.

Diane holds a Master’s in Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing with an emphasis on emergency services from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She is a certified BLS and ACLS instructor.

Here I am pictured swimming with the Manta Rays off the coast of the Cayman Islands.

Diane served 21 years in the Army and loves to teach hands-on topics. Her list of classes include Rhythm Recognition, Splinting, BLS and Lab Interpretation. One fun fact about Diane is that she and her husband, Ken, have traveled to 56 different countries. This all came about from being deployed twice, spending 4 years in Germany and taking 7 cruises. When asked, “What is your favorite city?”, she will emphatically answer, “Rome!!”. What is her favorite country? Australia.

Now she very much enjoys her retirement from the Army and from ER nursing. Diane provides guidance and leadership to others as the Owner of Acute Care Education. She also takes several daily walks with her family, which includes Kady, a red-heeler/dingo mix, Java, a german shepherd/black lab mix, and her husband, Ken, a Norwegian/German mix (Hee Hee). She loves to garden on sunny days. She paints and creates Christmas gifts on rainy days.


Accelerated HeartCode ACLS – This American Heart Association (AHA) blended-learning ACLS course is for competent healthcare providers needing ACLS renewal. The course starts with an online training, which you access through the AHA website (separate fees apply).  Upon completion of the online training, supply us with your AHA Certificate of Completion and schedule your 3-hour Hands-On Skills check with our instructor. At the conclusion of the Hands-On Skills training, you will receive your ACLS Provider Card.

BLS 2-hour Renewal for Healthcare Providers – This quick paced course is for the busy professional who is versed in BLS concepts. This course will give you a summary of the new science regarding BLS standards. You will receive an American Heart Association BLS card after viewing a short video and demonstrating adult and infant skills.

BLS for Healthcare Providers – This course meets the American Heart Association standards for certification in providing basic emergency care to adult and pediatric patients.

Mastering Lab Interpretation – Do you often struggle at understanding lab results? How do the results relate to the differential diagnosis and course of patient treatment? Interpretation of lab data is an essential skill required of nurses working in all practice settings. Through the review of physiology, pathophysiology and the application of critical thinking skills, you will be able to more easily appreciate how lab tests are integrated in patient care decisions. Applying this knowledge within the clinical setting will lead to improved patient care.

Science of ECG Rhythm Recognition – Do you need a system to identify the major cardiac rhythms quickly? Science of ECG Rhythm Recognition will give you a standardized method of interpreting rhythm strips. This class is designed for those who need rhythm identification skills. It is succinct in nature with plenty of time to analyze real rhythm strips with the help of the instructor. If you are a quick learner using the hands-on approach or need a quick refresher of interpretation skills, this class is perfect for you.

Splinting: Art of Plaster – Do you understand the basic principles and techniques for excellent splinting? Do you need practice in splinting? This course will provide you with the terminology, indications, and practice to apply several different types of splints.