“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” – FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE



Keiser University’s Diane Johnson, MSN, RN, of St. Augustine, epitomized the sentiments of the most revered nurse of all times – Florence Nightingale.  In her years of service to nursing students at Keiser University and to the nursing profession through her work with the Florida Board of Nursing, Diane seized many opportunities to inspire, innovate and influence in the profession she loved.


It is with great pride that Keiser University graduated more nurses who passed the national exam last year than any other Florida University, according to a report by the Florida Board of Nursing. That number one test ranking is a testament to her leadership and the cooperative initiatives developed and delivered by Keiser’s 14 campus nursing programs. Also, because of her dedication to the profession, Gov. Scott appointed her to the Florida Board of Nursing in 2017 where she served as a member of the Credentialing Committee for all levels of nursing in the state of Florida


Diane’s unexpected and recent death has left a shocked and saddened community behind at Keiser University where she served as the Statewide University Department Chair for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program and as the Program Director for the Jacksonville campus’ Nursing Program. We miss her, and will continue to benefit from her outstanding service, commitment to the profession of nursing and numerous contributions to our University, including the curriculum re-development and alignment with ACEN.


“For our Jacksonville Campus, this time of year our faculty and student nurses are supporting, The Players Championships, combined with a celebration of the nursing profession during National Nursing Appreciation Week,” said Jacksonville Campus President Lisamarie Winslow. “This week is a celebration of Diane’s life and a fond reminder of the things she loved to do and her passion for the profession of Nursing. Not a day goes by that I do not miss her, and I am honored to have known her and call her friend.”


Keiser University has created the Diane Johnson Nursing Scholarship Fund in her honor.  Contributions may be made online at https://forms.keiseruniversity.edu/dj-scholarship-fund/ or by check, mailed and payable to Joseph Berardinelli, Chief Financial Officer, Keiser University, 1900 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309.