Brookline College – Nursing Leadership


Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF

Brookline College is pleased to  introduce Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF as our Vice President of Nursing, Executive Dean, and Chief Nurse Administrator. Previous to Brookline College. Dr. Breckenridge has 40 plus years in leadership positions in academia, health care systems, and numerous regional, state, national, and international nursing organizations. Her experience includes; Chief Nursing Administrator with program development and execution of the BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and Doctoral Programs spanning 7 campuses and two states, CA and Nevada at National University; Tenured Professor and Director of Nursing Workforce and Strategies for Success Program with La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nursing Research Director for Abington Memorial Hospital, and Director of Undergraduate Nursing at Abington Memorial Hospital and Dixon School of Nursing. In addition to those positions Dr. Breckenridge has served as the immediate past President of Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a founding board member of Nursing Service Organization of AON.

In 2011, her theory-guided evidence based practice approach framework under her development of the Research Approach in Nursing (RAIN) Program received the Magnet Honors Award specifically for the Perioperative Caring Program which is highlighted in the Caring literature. Additionally, she is a founding member and immediate past president of the International Neuman Trustees Group appointed by Dr. Betty Neuman for her translation of prevention intervention into practice and has her Patient-Centered Health Care Focus published in the “5 Neuman Systems Model” books illustrating Holistic Nursing Assessment.

Dr. Breckenridge received the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association of the American Nurses Association Global Citizen Award highlighting her Strategies for Success Program for the underserved and diverse student and faculty populations made possible by her receiving a $962,000 HRSA grant to establish a Center at La Salle University in PA in 2012 to 2015. She extended this program to another HRSA grant program, Veterans to BSN, at National University in 2014 to 2015 for Vets to achieve their BSN.

The purpose of Dr. Breckenridge’s Student-Centered Strategies for Success Program is to prepare diverse, underrepresented, disadvantaged students for the academic challenges of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and to employ strategies to increase retention in the nursing major, graduate, and pass the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam as first time candidates and enter the workforce as culturally competent nurses. The second phase of the Strategies for Success program is to assist nurses in advancing their education and again employ strategies for the working nurse as the nurse advances in their education. Dr. Breckenridge received a Robert Wood Johnson Grant award with the PA Coalition of the Advancement of Nursing Education and is presently on the Arizona Coalition of Nursing to replicate the grant here in Arizona.

Dr. Breckenridge has received numerous grants and awards for her research and educational programs; the most prestigious being inducted as a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education of the National League for Nursing. Her education includes Post-doctoral training and fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, her PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland, and her MSN also from the University of Pennsylvania with her BSN from East Stroudsburg University in PA. As the Vice President of Nursing, Executive Dean, and Chief Nurse Administrator. Dr. Breckenridge oversees all nursing operations for Brookline College which includes the Master of Science in Nursing and the pre-licensure and post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

Dr. Ann Buttner, PhD, RN, CNE,

Dr. Ann Buttner, PhD, RN, CNE, has been the Dean of Nursing at the Albuquerque Campus since August 1, 2016.  Dr. Buttner comes to Brookline College from Philadelphia, PA with a significant amount of experience in nursing education as well as clinical teaching expertise in both psychiatric-mental health nursing and community health nursing areas.  This extensive and comprehensive nursing education background can serve to enhance the quality of the nursing programs at Brookline and provide an impetus for development of new nursing programs.

Previous nursing education experience include the following:

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing, Immaculata University, 2014-2016;
  • Associate Dean, Holy Family University, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions (2013-2014) and Assistant Professor of Nursing (2009-20140, and Instructor (2006-2009);
  • Course Coordinator, Psychiatric-Mental Health and Community Nursing, Abington Memorial Hospital, Dixon School of Nursing;
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing (1997-2003), Instructor (1995-1997), Clinical Teaching Assistant (1990-1995), Creighton University School of Nursing;
  • New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, (1983-1984), Director of 1st year LPN program
  • Instructor, University of Wyoming School of Nursing (1978-1981)

Dr. Buttner is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and National League for Nursing. She has served on the Board of Directors for Montgomery County-District 25 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association from 2006-2011 and 2015-2016.

Publications include:

Harwood, J. Ground, M., Buttner, A., Travers-Gustafson, D., Hinchey, MA, White, B., &

Wydeven M. (2001). Clarifying language in a new curriculum. Nurse Educator, 26 (6),


Dr. Buttner’s academic degrees include:

PhD, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln,

Lincoln, NE, 2008

Major: Human Sciences, with emphasis in Adult Education

Specialization: Gerontology

Master of Science (Nursing), Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1995

Clinical Focus: Family Nursing

Role Focus: Nurse Educator

Master of Public Administration, Troy University, APO New York, 1987

Master of Arts in Psychology, Guidance & Counseling, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1980

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA, 1974

Associate Degree in Nursing, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA, 1972