Christina Leonard, APRN, DNP, FNP-C, CNL

Christina Leonard

Christina Leonard, APRN, DNP, FNP-C, CNL

Assistant Professor

Dr. Christina Leonard, APRN, DNP, FNP-C, CNL is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor who teaches Adult Health in the ABSN program at Duke School of Nursing. Prior to coming to Duke, Dr. Leonard worked the past 12 years in academia at UNC Chapel Hill in their school of nursing. She received her BA in English and Psychology and then returned as an ABSN student to attain a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from George Mason University. She later returned to receive her MSN in Nursing Education from George Mason University. Dr. Leonard’s passion for providing direct patient care and expanding her scope of practice led her to return for her Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later became certified as Clinical Nurse Leader. She completed her DNP at East Carolina University in 2018. In 2014 she was presented with the Faculty Excellence Award.  Her doctoral studies focused on improving interprofessional communication among home health nurses and medical providers when assessing and evaluating heart failure symptoms to increase interventions implemented in the home and decrease heart failure re-admissions. For the past 3 years Dr. Leonard’s scholarship has been focused on advancing interprofessional education. Dr. Leonard has created IPE simulations and has worked to integrate IPE activities into the undergraduate curriculum.  In addition, she spent the last 2 years working on a rural interprofessional health grant in collaboration with 8 healthcare disciplines. Dr. Leonard has practiced since 2012 as a Nurse Practitioner in inpatient cardiology at Wake Med Health and Hospitals. Dr. Leonard’s additional passion is the development of educational tools, mentoring of clinical faculty, and utilizing innovative teaching methods within the classroom and clinical environment.  Her teaching and research interests include cardiology, innovations in education, advancing interprofessional education and team based care.

Office: 
4229 Interprofessional Education Building
Phone: 
(919) 660-1680
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