Dian Dowling Evans

Dian Dowling Evans

Professor, clinical track, & Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner | PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAAN, FAANP


Dr. Dian Dowling Evans is a Professor, clinical track, and has led the Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner program since 2009. She obtained her BSN in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia after practicing for several years as a clinical psychologist. She earned her master's degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Emory University in 1990, which launched her career as an emergency nursing practitioner (ENP). In 2009 she obtained her PhD in nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis to begin a career educating nurse practitioners. Dr. Evans has over 30 years of clinical practice experience as an emergency and family nurse practitioner and continues to actively practice, which allows her to directly precept her students clinically. Dr. Evans is a nationally recognized leader and speaker within the ENP profession. She has numerous publications and national and international presentations on emergency care topics and ENP education. In 2014, as a founding board member, she helped establish the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, a national organization dedicated to promoting education, certification, and practice standards for the ENP profession. Dr. Evans is actively involved in national ENP policy initiatives, certification exam development, and curricular standards. She also participates on inter-professional committees within the American College of Emergency Physicians. Her efforts have been recognized through induction into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2020 she received the Emory University Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education.

Awards and Honors

Emory University Provost’sDistinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and ProfessionalEducation, May 2020

Fellow of the American Academy ofNursing, November 2018

Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, June 2015

Selected as a top nurse in Atlanta by the International Nurses Association 2015

Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow 2011

Areas of Expertise

Emergency and Urgent Care
Family Practice
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Davis, W., Evans, D., & Wilbeck, J. (2020). Ensuring relevance and currency for the ENP profession: A call for collaboration. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 42(4), 231-233. DOI: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000317

Evans, D. (2019). AAENP and ACEP: Cultivating interprofessionalism. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. 41(3), 189-191. DOI: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000249

Wilbeck, J., Evans, D.D., Hummer, K., & Staebler, S. (2019). Supporting program rigor in newly developed specialty academic programs: Use of a self-evaluation reporting tool for emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) academic programs. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000260

Davis, W.D., Evans, D.D., Fiebig, W., & Lewis, C. (2019). Emergency care: Operationalizing the practice through a concept analysis. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 1-8. DOI# 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000229

Sheridan, T., & Evans, D.D. (2019). Alcohol use and sexual assault among college students: Implications for APRN practice. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. 41(1), 2-9. DOI: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000233

Evans, D., Campo, T., & Ramirez, E. (2018). Fostering leadership through the changing practice of the emergency nurse practitioner specialty. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(10), 1-3. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000132

Evans, D., Hoyt, K.S., Wilbeck, J., Schumann, L., Ramirez, E., Tyler, D., & Agan, D. (2018). Embracing the future for emergency nurse practitioners and specialty practice: Implications for research, clinical practice, education and health policy. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(10), 586-591. DOI# 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000123

Evans, D. (2018). Building bridges to advance specialty practice: Updates and accomplishments of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 40(3), 145-147. DOI: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000205

Hoyt, K., Evans, D, Ramirez, E., & Wilbeck, J. (2017). The specialty of emergency nurse practitioner practice. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 39(4), 231-235. Doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000 166.

Evans, D., Ashooh, M., Kimble, L., & Heilpern, K. (2017). An interprofessional academic emergency nurse practitioner program: A blueprint for success. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 39(1), 59-67.*


I have mentored students clinically and in the classroom since 1992. I believe in empowering students to support their confidence in delivering compassionate, equitable and excellent patient care. My personal mentors taught me mentorship is rooted in commitment and trust. I am proud to say that many of my mentees are now local, state and national leaders, pioneering clinical roles, and leading research and quality improvement initiatives to promote safe, high quality patient outcomes.


My research interests include ENP educational outcomes, simulation in emergency care curricula, emergency care practice trends, and comparative clinical outcomes of ENP care.