Dr. Catherine Prato-Lefkowitz PhD, MSN, RN, CNE earned her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Nursing at UNLV in 2001. Upon graduating from the UNLV BSN Program, she was invited back by a faculty member to teach a Fundamentals Laboratory course to first semester nursing students where she found her passion for teaching. Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz then pursued a Master of Nursing in Education to learn the principals and theory of teaching, as well as pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree to expand her nursing assessment and diagnostic skills. After graduating with dual Masters of Nursing Degrees, she then went on to complete her terminal degree with a PhD in Nursing Education from UNLV.
Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz has a passion for psychiatric nursing and has worked most of her career in the mental and correctional health care systems. She continues to work bedside, a few days a month, to keep her skills current. She also has many years of experience in the classroom teaching nursing students. She has taught both onsite and online courses at UNLV, National University, Walden University, and Touro University.
Until recently, Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz was the Director of Nursing Education for the Nevada State Board of Nursing. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing: Certified Nursing Assistant and Nursing Programs in Nevada, Continuing Education programs and licensing in Nevada, Chair of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Committee, Chair of the Education Advisory Committee (EAC), and Editor for the Nevada State Board of Nursing Newsletter.
Currently, Dr. Prato is working with the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the $900,000 WINN Grant to help specialize nursing skill sets in Nevada. She is collaborating with high schools to bring nursing degree programs into high schools to allow Nevada high school students the opportunity to increase their skill sets to meet Nevada needs.
Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz serves as the Vice Chair on the Nevada Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Board. She is also an elected Director for the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA). She regularly attends nursing program pinning and graduation ceremonies, provides educational workshops, and gives keynote presentations to inspire graduating nursing students to be the best health care team member that they can be for Nevada residents!