My Care Team: Diane Alcorn, RN & Laura Talbert, RN

My Care Team: Diane Alcorn, RN & Laura Talbert, RN

Nurses are on the frontline of care and play a critical role in ensuring the best experience for patients. For National Nurses Week, we took the time to talk with two of our long-standing nurses, Diane Alcorn and Laura Talbert, to find out more about them and their journey into healthcare.


Diane is a native and current resident of Ashland, Kentucky. She joined Marshall Family Medicine as a medical assistant after the acquisition of Dr. Jose Ricard’s practice in 1996. She received her ASN from St. Mary’s School of Nursing. In 2004, she left Marshall Health to complete a two-year RN program, returning after graduation. Diane was promoted to nurse manager and was later transferred to the new Occupational Wellness Division in 2012. She completed her BSN from Marshall University in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends as well as traveling.

Why did you decide to become a nurse?

“Two things brought me to my decision to become a nurse. One, I like to help others, and two, I’m fascinated with the field of medicine.”

What do you like most about nursing?

“Whether the need is physical, emotional, spiritual or a lack of resources, being able to help others in their time of need is very fulfilling. Another aspect of being a nurse I enjoy is multitasking and creatively solving problems to achieve the best outcome for our patients.“


Laura is originally from Danese, West Virginia, located by Babcock State Park. She was a member of the first graduating class of the West Virginia Institute of Technology ASN program in 1972.  She later obtained her BSN from Marshall University and joined Marshall Internal Medicine in 1987.  Her favorite activity is spending time with family, especially her 4 granddaughters. When her and her husband are not with family, they enjoy DIY projects and traveling.

Why did you decide to become a nurse?

“I first thought of becoming a nurse after attending my aunt’s nursing school graduation when I was 8-years-old.  Also, around the same time, I discovered a book series about the nursing adventures of Cherry Ames.  When I was 14-years-old, my mother developed breast cancer, and I knew that nursing would be my future.  My desire to become a nurse never wavered, and I have never regretted my career choice.”

What do you like most about nursing?

“I am so blessed by the many patients I have cared for, the families I have interacted with, the friends I have made and all my wonderful co-workers.”

We would like to thank all nurses for what they do today and every day.


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Marshall Health is the academic medical team of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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