Diane Hamilton

Intructor, Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Educational Leadership, American Sentinel University; M. Nursing, University of Washington; B.S. Nursing Saint Martin's College; A.S. Nursing, South Puget Sound Community College; Practical Nursing, Clover Park Voc Institute.

Old Main 110
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Diane Hamilton earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Educational Leadership from American Sentinel University in February 2015. She earned her Master of Nursing Degree in 2000 from the University of Washington, Tacoma and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1991 from St. Martin's University! She has held a variety of nursing positions including, adjunct faculty, serving as clinical instructor, at South Puget Sound Community College, director of critical care services at Providence St. Peter Hospital and clinical educator for critical and progressive care nurses at Providence Centralia Hospital. She continues to work in a large critical care unit in the staff nurse role at Providence St. Peter Hospital. She holds national certification in nursing education (CNE), critical care nursing (CCRN) as well as nursing administration (NEA-BC). She is a life-long resident of Washington State and has resided in Thurston County with her husband for 30 years. She has two grown children one of who is also an SMU alumna.


  • National League for Nursing: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center: Nursing Executive Advanced Board Certified (NEA-BC).
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Critical-Care Certified Registered Nurse (CCRN).
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS).

Other Professional / Personal Interests

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Sigma Theta Tau International; Honor Society of Nursing
  • Washington State Nurses Association