Leslie McKeon, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Nursing. Dr. McKeon has a well developed, funded program of research in quality and safety. In 2009, she was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop and evaluate the Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL). She was also awarded a grant in 2007 from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses to develop web-base simulations to facilitate achievement of quality and safety competency. Dr. McKeon has served a CNL Certification Exam item writer since 2007 and conducts peer reviews of educational materials for the Academy for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. McKeon is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds certificates in healthcare engineering and human factors. She teaches CNL courses in quality improvement and evaluation of high performing microsystems. As a member of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Health Professions Education Collaborative, she was a site coordinator for a multi-site interprofessional study on practice-based learning and improvement for novice health professionals. She remains active in the IHI Open School and microsystem improvement initiatives.
Dr. McKeon attended West Chester State College where she received her baccalaureate degree in nursing. She received a masters degree in community health nursing administration from the University of Arizona and her PhD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. McKeon has more than 25 years nursing administrative experience in home health care, hospice, acute rehabilitation, and long term care (CCRC). In 2004, she joined the faculty of the UTHSC College of Nursing as Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Nursing Administration Option. In 2009, Dr. McKeon was appointed as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
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