Diane Pestolesi

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First Name: 
Diane
Last Name: 
Pestolesi
Phone: 
(949)582-4790
Alt Phone: 
(949) 582-4790
Title: 
Nursing Instructor
Department: 
Health Sciences (SC)
Division: 
Division of Health Sci & Human Services
Office: 
HS 256
Organization: 
Saddleback College

DNP Western University of Health Sciences 2014

MSN, California State University Dominguez Hills, 1993

B.A., University of Hawaii, 1984


Diane Pestolesi joined Saddleback College in August 1995. She has been the lead faculty for Medical Surgical Nursing course for 3 years and for the Advanced Nursing course since 1998.  Diane has been an Assistant Director/ Department Chair since 2005. Her responsibilities also have included working as Acting Assistant Dean, Director of the Nursing Program 2008 - 2009. Diane was the Chairperson for Standard I of the ACCJC accreditation in 2010 and again in 2015.  

Prior to joining Saddleback College, Diane worked as a Staff Nurse and Educator at Hoag Hospital where she continued to work in the Intensive Care Unit until 2010.  Diane has taught part time for several local nursing programs and has presented nationally about innovative instructional strategies in nursing.  Diane enjoys watching sports (especially the Green Bay Packers), biking, hiking, and playing beach volleyball.  Diane is married to the Irvine Valley College Women's volleyball coach Tom Pestolesi.

Special Interests
Test development, item writing, curriculum development and believe it or not accreditation! 
Neuroscience and Critical Care Nursing

Honors and Awards

Recognized by Carnegie Institute for Education as a Paradigm Nurse Educator

Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse

Certified Nurse Educator
Certified Neuroscience Nurse