Leaving A Nursing Legacy 65 over 65 - Dr. Michael Dion
Pearl of Wisdom
"As a nurse leader, stay focused on the patient and lead from the heart. Strive to improve others self-worth by treating them with dignity and respect."
About the Honoree
Michael Dion is a results oriented healthcare leader with extensive management experience in both acute care hospital and university settings. He is passionate about the delivery of safe, quality patient care and the practice of nursing to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
Michael is a visionary leader with proven ability to foster and build partnerships with physicians, staff and community partners to accomplish strategic goals. He is a strong team contributor with highly valued organizational, communication, problem solving, project management and decision-making skills. He has demonstrated the ability to develop strong and highly respected leadership teams. Michael is an experienced educator using contemporary and effective online educational teaching strategies with strong professional values. He is not only a respectful leader with talent and integrity; he is also a man of character with a healthy sense of humor!
Michael graduated with his BSN from the University of Connecticut in 1975 and began his nursing career at the University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, CT as a Primary Nurse on a General Surgical Unit. He continued his education and obtained his MSN from the University of Colorado in 1977 and went on to work at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, CT, initially as a clinician, but within a year, he became the Assistant Director of Medical/Surgical Nursing and served in this role for the next twelve years.
In 1990 Michael became the Assistant Vice President of Nursing at Johnson Memorial Hospital and obtained his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1992. Michael then became Vice President of Patient Care Services at Johnson in 1993 and served in this role for the next fifteen years, providing leadership and direction to the Corporation regarding patient care in order to address community needs. He was not only accountable for the clinical, personnel and fiscal management of all outpatient and inpatient units, but also the operations of the Corporation's Home Care and Hospice Agency. During the end of his tenure at Johnson Memorial, Michael went on to receive his PhD, from the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. His Doctoral Dissertation was entitled "The Impact of Workplace Incivility and Occupational Stress on the Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intention of Acute Care Nurses".
Career-wise, Michael then moved to Windham Hospital in Willimantic, initially serving as a consultant, Director of Outpatient Services and later the VP of Nursing. His career transitioned to the university setting in 2014 when he became the Director of SHU Onsite Cohort Programs and Clinical Partnerships at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He also was a Clinical Professor teaching online classes in the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership MSN Program.
During his long and illustrious career, he has conducted studies on Nurse Occupational Stress and given many different presentations, within practice, educational and community settings. Michael has been professionally affiliated with several different Organizations in Healthcare, Academic and Community settings. He is also currently certified by ANCC as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.
Congratulations Michael, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!