Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Diane Cullen, RN, MSN

Diane Cullen Student Profile
Diane Cullen, RN, MSN
Diane Cullen, RN, MSN earned her MSN from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Infection Prevention program

I recently completed my MSN at Loyola University Chicago with a major in Population-Based Infection Control and Environmental Safety. I believe that to become the best at something you must not only have a practical knowledge and skills, but have a sound theoretical foundation as well. I saw the online IP program at Loyola as the perfect way of achieving both while balancing a full-time career and raising three children. 

I loved the flexibility of the online classes in the IP program. I was able to manage my career as an infection preventionist at a long-term acute care hospital, attend my children’s activities and complete my studies without losing too much sleep.  Classes were challenging, yet I felt exhilarated to step outside of my comfort zone and learn so much about microbiology/immunology, epidemiology, infection prevention, nursing theory, research and nursing leadership ... just to name a few topics!  

The faculty and preceptors challenged me to go beyond what I already knew.  I was so inspired by my research class at Loyola that I sought out funding and developed a research project, “Clear the Clutter,” which studied the impact on MRSA and VRE by removing clutter from high-touch areas in patient rooms. 

The support of the Loyola nursing faculty for this project was amazing.  Dr. Ida Androwich was a particular inspiration. She helped guide me in all facets of the research and has acted as a wonderful mentor and coach. I completed the project as well as my MSN and am deeply grateful to Loyola for giving me opportunities to grow in my career.