Michael J. Dion earned his BS in nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1975 and began his nursing career at the University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital. Wanting to become a leader in nursing, he continued his education and obtained his MSN from the University of Colorado. After a period of time as a nurse clinician, he became the Assistant Director of Medical/Surgical Nursing and served in this role for the next twelve years. As the healthcare industry was changing and demanding more fiscal accountability, he obtained his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout most of the remainder of his career, Michael served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at two community hospitals in Connecticut. In these roles, Michael focused on advocating for nurses in providing the environment and resources needed to deliver quality patient care. He held his nursing staff accountable for upholding the values and responsibilities of the profession and for advancing professional practice.
In 2006, Michael became a double husky when he fulfilled his lifelong dream of obtaining a PhD in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. His career transitioned to the university setting in 2014 when he became the Director of Sacred Heart University Onsite Cohort Programs and Clinical Partnerships. During his time at Sacred Heart, he was also a Clinical Professor teaching online classes in the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership MSN Program. Michael saw teaching as an opportunity to give back to the profession that had provided him with so many gifts and opportunities throughout his career.
Michael has been professionally affiliated with several different organizations in healthcare, academic and community settings. He received the Connecticut Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing and the Connecticut League for Nursing “65 Over 65 – Leaving Your Nursing Legacy in Connecticut” Award for nursing leadership.