Board Member Spotlight: Colleen Leners

Colleen Leners, D.N.P., APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
American Association of Colleges of Nursing



What advice would you give your younger self?
Be more patient!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Europe/Hawaii (hard to choose)!

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
My mother was a nurse and role model.

What book should every nurse read?
Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale.

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
The resilience that nurses possess and many are not aware they have it.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I used to run marathons.

What is your Twitter handle?

About Colleen
Colleen Leners is the Director of Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, D.C. AACN serves as the voice of academic nursing, encompassing education, research, and practice. Dr. Leners was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Finance Committee. Colleen serves on the Case Western Reserve Alumni Board and many committees for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She has maintained an active family nurse practitioner practice for over 26 years and has served our country in the United States Army Nurse Corps. She has many notable achievements both civilian and military and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Leners was awarded the Bronze Star for her service overseas.

Dr. Leners served as a Traumatic Brian Injury Program manager, created a nurse-managed primary care clinic for Wounded Warriors at Navy Medical Center San Diego (C5). She has also been a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for nearly four decades.

She received her DNP in Leadership from Case Western Reserve University, MSN FNP from University of San Diego and her BSN from California State University Dominguez Hills.



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