Diane Corcoran, R.N., Ph.D. Col. USA (Ret) is the current (2012) president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) organization. She received her Ph.D in Nursing management from the University of Texas in 1981. Corcoran's interest in near-death experiences developed from her combat nursing experience during the Vietnam War. She is now one of a number of nurses studying the phenomenon.
Corcoran commanded a hospital unit for a short time in the 1970s, one of only a few female officers to do so prior to the 1990s. Ranking as a Captain in 1976, Corcoran was the chief nurse at the 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The commander of the 101st Airborne Division appointed Corcoran commander of the 86th CSH ahead of the traditional Medical Service Corps (MSC) officer in the unit. Corcoran commanded the 86th CSH for three months before leaving to pursue her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Helping patients who’ve had near-death
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- Childres, Linda (4 February 2004). "Death's Door, Ajar: Nurses who research near-death experiences encourage colleagues to keep an open mind about patients who believe they have returned from the brink". Nurses Week. Hoffman Estates, IL: Gannett Healthcare Group. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
- Sarnecky, Mary T. (2010). A Contemporary History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (PDF). Fort Detrick, MD: US Army Medical Department/The Borden Institute. pp. Chapter 16: New Frontiers for Army Nurse Corps Officers, pp. 390–391. UH493.S269.
Although the idea of Army Nurse Corps officers holding command positions generally was a taboo subject in certain quarters, there were a few instances where Army nurses commanded hospital units, usually when dictated by expedience.