S. Diane Moore, BSN, RN, CDDN
Diane has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years and has worked in the field of developmental disabilities nursing for over 30 of those years. She is a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse, being certified in the specialty of developmental disabilities nursing for over 25 years. She has provided nursing support and clinical oversight to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across the lifespan and across the spectrum of support settings. Over the years, Diane has educated and mentored many nurses working with individuals with IDD, providing clinical guidance and supervision in the specialty. In addition to having experience in providing supports to persons with IDD in a variety of settings, she has experience with policy development and implementation and has participated in task forces to address practice issues in Texas.
Diane is a Past-President of the national Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association, having served on the Board of Directors for the association for 10 years (January 2002 through December 2011), and served as the Association’s first Vice President, as President-Elect, and as President. Additionally, in 1994, she co-founded the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association – North Texas and served as the network President for six years.
In late 2014, Diane was recruited by the national DDNA Board of Directors for the position of Executive Director of the association. She accepted the offer and began working in that capacity in January 2015.
Diane is the co-owner of Innovative Outcomes, Inc., a privately held Texas-based company, which provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in residential and natural home settings. As co-owner, she serves as the Clinical Director of Health Services, providing supervision and oversight for all nursing services and assuring the Company’s compliance with federal and state regulations for nursing and healthcare services to the individuals they support.
Prior to her work at Innovative Outcomes, Inc., Diane served as the Clinical Director of Health Services for two large IDD provider companies, supervising approximately 50 nurses across the state of Texas, and providing additional support to programs in other states when needed. Through the years, she has worked as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) identifying program training and habilitation needs and developing effective intervention strategies for the person with IDD.
Over the years, Diane has worked on a number of state regulatory and Board of Nursing committees, working to address nursing practice issues for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a current member and advisor to the Private Provider Association of Texas, serving as the Association’s representative with the Texas State Board of Nursing and state legislators, drafting and promoting legislation that addresses the medication management and on-call nursing support for persons with I/DD. Diane also served on the Nursing Advisory Committee with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, addressing nursing practice and delegation issues for persons with I/DD and drafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Nursing the regulatory agencies.
Diane has served on the Texas State Board of Nursing Task Force, addressing nursing delegation in community settings. Diane represented I/DD nursing and the community-based services for individuals with I/DD, working to revise sections of the Nursing Practice Act and to create resource documents for nurses working in community settings. Also, Diane served on the Department of Aging and Disability Services task force addressing the scope of practice for Licensed Vocational Nurses in community settings.
Diane has developed and presented a multitude of nursing education programs for numerous organizations across the country, both in person and via webinar, including the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the Association of Professional Developmental Disabilities Administrators, the American Health Care Association, the National Association of QIDPs, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, the Texas State Center for Health Training – Nursing Leadership Conference, the Private Provider Association of Texas, the national DDNA conference and several regional DDNA conferences.
Diane has extensive experience in nursing supervision, including establishing nursing practice standards, developing nursing and health-related policies and procedures, and developing systems for assuring the health and safety of persons with I/DD in a variety of service settings. Other areas of clinical expertise include developing effective intervention and management for persons with challenging behaviors, developing and implementing practical medication management strategies for persons with I/DD, developing quality health education programs for direct support staff, and developing training and education programs for nurses who provide support to persons with I/DD.
Diane has extensive experience in business/corporation management, managing all aspects of regulatory compliance, human resource and employment services, and financial/fiscal management.
A familiar presence at local, regional and national forums, Diane always seeks to advance the discussion of the common health issues facing persons with I/DD and the practice concerns of nurses who work in the specialty of I/DD nursing.