Leissa A. Roberts CNM, DNP

Curriculum Vitae

LEISSA A ROBERTS
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, College Of Nursing
  • Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Biography

Education

  • Bachelor of Science 1981, BS, University Of Wyoming
  • Master of Science 1993, MS, University Of Utah
  • Certificate 1998, School of Business, University of Utah. Project: Administration for Physicians: A Medical Leadership Program
  • Certificate 2006, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Project: Leadership for the 21st Century - Chaos, Conflict and Courage
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice 2009, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: A New Way to Assess Pain: The Coping With Labor Algorithm

Honors & Awards

  • Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. University of Wyoming, 09/09/2016
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives. American College of Nurse Midwives , 06/28/2015
  • Individual Contribution to Maternal Child Health Award. National Perinatal Association, 11/2013
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) Advocate State Award for Excellence. American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP), 02/2013
  • Gamma Rho Excellence in Clinical Practice Award for 2012. Sigma Theta Tau International, 03/2012
  • Most downloaded article of 2011. The Coping With Labor Algorithm: An Alternate Pain Assessment Tool for the Laboring Woman. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 02/2012
  • Health Care Hero, Non-Physician category. Utah Business Magazine, 09/2011
  • Excellence in Faculty Practice Award. University of Utah College of Nursing , 09/2011
  • Best Article of 2010. The Coping With Labor Algorithm: An Alternate Pain Assessment Tool for the Laboring Woman. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health , 05/2011
  • Poster Grand Prize Winner. 3rd Annual Doctorate of Nursing Practice Conference, 09/2010
  • Volunteer of the Year Award. March of Dimes, Utah Chapter , 06/2010
  • Poster - Blue Ribbon Winner . Western Institute of Nursing Conference, 04/2009
  • “Honoring Mother and Babies” for the Ellis R. Shipp clinic. Utah Perinatal Association, 10/2007
  • Academic Service Award. University of Utah College of Nursing, 08/2007
  • Scholarship Awardee for Leadership for the 21st Century. American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation, 08/2006
  • Selected Health Care Hero of the Year. Utah Business, 09/2005

Biography

Leissa is a Doctoral prepared Certified Nurse Midwife who has been faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing since 1993.  As a clinician, she is committed to listening to women and providing care with the nurse-midwifery philosophy that focuses on the needs of the individual and family for physical, emotional and social support with attention to cultural and personal values.  She enjoys all aspects of woman’s health care and obstetrics and specializes in young woman who are having their first gynecologic health care visit.

As the Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, she is responsible for College of Nursing faculty who are Advanced Practice Nurses, facilitating interdisciplinary models of care and development of new faculty practice sites.  Dr. Roberts oversees 12 different faculty practices and is responsible for the 40 faculty in those 12 practices.  Her specialty is interdisciplinary and collaborative practice. She has increased revenue generation in Faculty Practice from less than $500K per year to over $4.5 million per year.  Dr. Roberts is the Primary author of the Coping With Labor Algorithm© a new tool which replaces the old 1-10 NRS in pain evaluation for the laboring woman.  She is also the creative vision behind the Sutter Health College of Nursing partnership which has led to over 60 graduate assistant positions for CON students. Dr. Roberts received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Advocate Award for Excellence in 2013.  This award is given annually at the National AANP conference to individuals across the US who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of Nurse Practitioners both nationally and locally. She was also the recipient of the National Perinatal Association’s 2013 Individual Contribution to Maternal Child Health Award.  Dr. Roberts was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2015. 

Affiliations

  • Utah Nurse Practitioner Association (UNP), Member, 07/2012 - present
  • AARP Public Policy Institute: Learning Collaborative on Removing Barriers to APRN Practice and Care (AARP), Member, 07/2012 - present
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Chair Practice Network, 07/2010 - 07/2012
  • Doctor's of Nursing Practice, LLC (DNP LLC), Member, 01/2009 - present
  • Association of Women's Health, Neonatal and Obstetric Nurses (AWHONN), Member, 07/2008 - present
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Member, 07/2008 - present
  • Utah Perinatal Association (UPA), Member, 07/2000 - present
  • Utah Public Health Assocation (UPHA), Member, 07/1999 - present
  • American College of Nurse Midwives Services Directors (ACNM), Member, 07/1996 - present
  • American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), Member, 09/1991 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Member, 09/1980 - present

In the Media

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United Republic of Tanzania. Global Outreach to Tanzania .

Career Highlights

Associate Dean of Faculty Practice, College of Nursing