Research Junction Connecting Faculty Across Campus

July 08, 2021
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Diana Layne, Ph.D.

It was kismet that led Dr. Diana Layne, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, to pursue research in caregiver experiences of healthcare professionals, specifically with negative behaviors (bullying, incivility, lateral and vertical aggression). This steak and potatoes enthusiast enjoys watching crime dramas, spending time with family, and traveling.

1.    What is your educational background?


I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC, and several years later, went back to earn my Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Acute Care Leadership from ECU. I graduated from the Ph.D. in Nursing Science program at MUSC in 2018.


2.    Where is your hometown?


Growing up as a part of a military family my hometown was wherever my family lived. Greenville, NC was the longest I lived anywhere so I consider that home.


3.    Why did you choose MUSC?


Attending MUSC as a student was such a positive experience that I was drawn to become a part of such an amazing group of collaborative scholars. MUSC has a stellar reputation, both in research and clinical care, with a mission that resonated with my personal goals.


4.    What are your current research interests and how did you become interested in this field?


My work focuses on caregiver experiences of healthcare professionals, specifically with negative behaviors (bullying, incivility, lateral and vertical aggression). As a clinical nurse, I experienced or witnessed these behaviors and those instances inspired me to pursue the topic. After engaging in professional development opportunities related to palliative care, I was inspired to expand this work to incorporate the experiences of persons with dementia and their caregivers.


5.    What has been your biggest scientific contribution to date?


As part of my dissertation work, I validated an instrument that measures negative behaviors among healthcare professionals. This instrument was developed at MUSC by my colleagues in the College of Nursing and was recently translated to Persian. We continue to receive inquiries about utilizing the instrument on a regular basis.


6.    Is there a scientific area/field you would like to know more about?


I am very interested in building my skills and content expertise in dementia and palliative care.


7.    Would you like to connect with colleagues within a certain field? If so, what field/area?


Absolutely. I would like to connect with researchers and clinicians who study/work with persons with dementia and/or palliative care.


8.    What are some of your hobbies? What do you do for fun?


I love to travel, spend time with my husband and children, and bake.


9.    What is your favorite movie, tv-show, food?


I love romantic comedies so I would have to say 50 first dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. I also enjoy watching crime dramas. Right now, I am watching Rizzoli & Isles. When it comes to food, steak and potatoes is one of my favorite meals.


10.  Please share one interesting detail about yourself. 


As a kid, my family drove across the United States 6 times and we spent 3 years living on Guam.


11.  If you had a yacht, what would you name it?




12.  Who would play you in a movie about your life?


I would love to see Sandra Bullock play me because she also spent time at ECU.


13.  If you were not a scientist, you would be:


A travel critic.


14.  What are the top three activities on your bucket list?


Visit Italy and Ireland, go sailing, and learn how to kayak.


15.  What’s the best advice you were ever given?


See the best in people, be kind and love others, do the right thing even when it is difficult.


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