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Nursing and Health Studies Program

Carol Leppa

Carol Leppa

University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE
Box 358532
Bothell, WA 98011

Email: leppa@u.washington.edu
Phone: 425.352.5325
FAX: 425.352.3237
Office: UW1 234
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Academic Interests:

  • Palliative care approaches in chronic illness
  • End of life care in Nursing Home and Adult Family Home environments
  • Health Policy
  • International course linkages with Study Abroad and/or Internet links

Teaching Activities:

  • BNURS 350 - Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • BNURS 410 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice
  • BNURS 501 - Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • BHLTH - Hot Topics in Health Care - an interdisciplinary elective
  • BHLTH - Comparative Health Care Systems - London Study Abroad Program

Professional Activities:

  • King County Nurses Association (KCNA) - Past president and board member, and currently member of the Finance Committee
  • Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) - Member of the Legislative and Health Policy Council
    Member: National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Trainer in End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2002-04  Visiting Senior Lecturer, European Institute of Health and Medical Science
  • University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England
  • 2001  Nurse of the Year, King County Nurses Association, Seattle, Washington
  • 2000  Visiting Lecturer, South Bank University, London England
  • 1999  Worthington Distinguished Professor Award, UW-Bothell
  • 1998  University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1998  Fellow University of Washington Teaching Academy
  • 1997-1998  Huckabay Teaching Fellowship Mentor, University of Washington


  • 1990-1992  University of Washington, Seattle, WA - Postdoctoral scholar, Nursing Systems Training Grant
  • 1986-1990  University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL - Ph.D. in Nursing Science
  • 1984-1986  University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL - MS, Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • 1982-1983  College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN - BS, Nursing
  • 1967-1971  St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN - BA, Biology, Earth Science

Clinical Background:

  • Acute care medical-surgical nursing
  • Long-term care, gerontology

Selected Publications:

Leppa, C. (in press) The Nature of Long Term Care Nursing Work. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Abrums, M. & Leppa, C. (2001) Beyond Cultural Competence: Teaching About Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. Journal of Nursing Education, 40(6): 270-275

Leppa, C. (1999) Measuring Nursing Work in Long Term Care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 25(10), 40-45.

Leppa, C. (1997). Standardized Measures of Critical Thinking: Experience with the California Critical Thinking Tests. Nurse Educator, 22(5), 29-33.

Leppa, C. (1996). Nurse Relationships and Work Group Disruption. Journal of Nursing Administration, 26(10), 23-28.

Leppa, C. (1990). Cosmetic Surgery and the Motivation for Health and Beauty. Nursing Forum, 25(1), 25-31.

Leppa, C. (2000). Transcultural Communication within the Health Care Subculture. In J. Luckmann (Ed.) Transcultural Communication in Nursing. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.

Recent Presentations:

Leppa, C. (2001) "Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Nursing: Taking care of the 'Dwindles." Podium Presentation. International Association of Gerontology 17th Congress. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (July).

Leppa, C. (2001) "Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Nursing: Taking care of the 'Dwindles." Podium Presentation. Western Institute of Nursing Conference. Seattle, WA (April).

Leppa, C. & Terry, L. (2000) "Internet-based Bioethics Case Discussion: International Nursing Education Partnership" Podium presentation. Fifth World Congress of Bioethics: Ethics, Law & Public Policy. London, England (September)

Leppa, C. (1998) "Beyond Cultural Competence in Teaching Nursing" Podium presentation. National Conference on Nursing Education. Seattle, WA (October)

Leppa, C. (1998) "Nursing Education Preparation for Long Term Care" Podium presentation. National Conference on Nursing Education. Seattle, WA (October)

Did You Know?

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