Dr. Leonard is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 30 years of clinical experience in community nursing, medical/surgical, emergency rooms, and rural primary care facilities. He teaches baccalaureate programs in community nursing and family nurse practitioner.
Prior to joining UNLV in August 2013, Leonard served as director for the graduate program, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, and the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Nursing in Galveston, TX.
While at UTMB, he was the principal investigator for the Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration Project for the Texas Gulf Coast Region funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. UTMB was one of four schools working on the project in partnership with the Hermann Memorial Hospital system. The project was designed to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses in the Gulf Coast, thereby providing the growing number of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in the region with additional access to health care professional services.
He has authored articles related to the clinical management of hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as book chapters about community health nursing.
His areas of research include investigating sleep problems among persons with COPD, and exploring perceptions of nurse practitioner students and their levels of confidence in the performance of clinical skills using standardized patients.
Leonard earned his bachelor’s from Oregon Health Sciences University, his master’s in Community Health Nursing, post-masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Seattle University, and doctorate in Nursing from UTMB. He also served as a linguist for the United States Army, and is a retired Navy Nurse Corps Officer.