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Kelli Leask

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Kelli Leask, Assistant Professor
Nursing, Department Chair
College of Health Professions
BSN from Grand Valley State University,
MSN from Michigan State University,
Grand Rapids Campus

Kelli Leask is a Family Nurse Practitioner with extensive nursing experience in the area of Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing. Within the College of Health Professions, Kelli serves as the Interim Department Chair for Nursing and the Associate Department Chair for the BSN Online Completion and Concurrent nursing programs.

Professor Leask has a wide variety of experience in Technology, Business, Leadership and Healthcare. Her various positions include Technology Systems Manager, Project Manager for Fortune 500 companies, Oncology Nurse, Labor and Delivery Staff Nurse, Health Information system mentor/champion, Childbirth Center Unit Charge Nurse, Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator, Associate Department and Interim Department Chair. Professor Leask has been the project lead for many state of the art technology implementations within business and healthcare systems.

Currently, Professor Leask is involved in nursing leadership at the national level serving as the West Central Chapter Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) organization. She is also a member NONPF, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty and AANP the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Professor Leask is the AWHONN grant leader for the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Adult Immunization Initiative. She leads efforts to educate communities throughout the State of Michigan on the importance of immunizations and develops strategies to assist families to access to affordable immunizations. She teaches courses in the Davenport Nursing program which are accredited by ACEN and CCNE. Professor Leask holds a certificate in Health Care Simulation, Advanced Cardio Life Support and Basic Life Support.

Professor Leask has presented various OB specialty topics at state and local AWHONN conferences and Community College OB classes. Her presentations also include Social Media in Obstetrics at the DU SNA State Convention, Simulation Innovations at the DU Teaching and Learning Institute and the profession of nursing at local high school health occupations classes.

Professor Leask is active within the Nursing community promoting quality initiatives for Women and Newborns. Her research includes the areas of Educating Nurses for our Future – Bridging the Gap and Perception of Exercise and its impact on Diabetes management.