Gwen Leigh DNP, RN, CNE

  • Gwen Leigh
    • Assistant Professor
    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
    • PO Box 43810
    • Lafayette, LA 70504
    • PHONE: 337-482-5635
    • EMAIL:



      • D.N.P. Case Western Reserve University
      • M.S.N. University of Texas at Arlington
      • B.S. University of Southwestern Louisiana


Licensure and Board Certifications

      • Louisiana licensure as Registered Nurse
      • Certified Nurse Educator certified by the National League of Nursing.
      • Certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support
      • National League of Nursing's Certified Educator


Academic Positions

      • Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Honors & Awards

  • ULearn Certified Online Teacher, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Office of Distance Learning,
  • Selected as one of Acadiana’s Top 25 Nurses by the Lafayette
  • District of the Louisiana Nurses Association’s Acadiana
  • Celebrates Nursing 2006.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Professional Affiliations

    • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Eta Chapter
  • Member of Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Member of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
  • Member of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Member of Society of Simulation in Healthcare

Areas of Research Interest

  • Simulation and Nursing Education
  • Technology and Nursing Education

Selected Publications & Presentations

    • Watson, C. S., Leigh, G., & McCarthy, J. (2019). Increasing Empathy through Role-Play: A Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping Activity, 14(3), 149-152. doi:

    • Leigh, G. & Stueben, F. (2107). Setting Learners Up for Success: Presimulation and Briefing Strategies. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(3), 185-189. doi:

    • Leigh, G., Harolds, L., & Ardoin, K. (2017). Enhancing Learning During Healthcare Simulation: Observers Lead the Way. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 48(10), 454-457. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20170918-06.

    • Leigh, G., Miller, L., & Ardoin, K. (2017). A Nurse Educator’s Guide to Student-Led Debriefing. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 12(4), 309-311. doi:

    • Leigh, G., Stueben, F., Harrington, D. & Hetherman, S. (2015). “Making the Case for Simulation-Based Assessments to Overcome the Challenges in Evaluating Clinical Competency” International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship 13(1):1-8.

    • 2018 Accent on Scholarship, Lafayette, LA. “VoiceThread as a Method of Feedback” Podium Presentation

    • 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, LA “Increasing Empathy through Role-Play: A Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping Activity (with Dr. Cynthia Watson). Poster Presentation.

    • 2016 South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day

    “Differences in Learning between Participants and Observers with Patient Simulation”  Podium Presentation

    • 2015 Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners 21st Annual Primary Care Conference “Breathe Easier: Hospital Safety for the Patient with Nicotine Addiction” Podium Presentation

    • 2015 Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare

    New Orleans, LA “Setting Learners Up For Success: Pre-simulation and Briefing Toolkit” Podium Presentation

    2014 Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Center Conference. “Bridge to Professional Practice (poster presentation).

  • Leigh, G. and Sudduth, A. (2011). “Vaccinations: Not Just for the Young” Nursing for Woman’s Health. 15(6), 529-534.

  • Leigh, G. (2011).”The Simulation Revolution: What are the implications for Nurses in Staff Development” Journal for Nurses in Staff Development. 27(2), 54-57.

  • Heinrich, K.T., Hurst, H., Leigh, G., Oberleitner, M., & Poirrier, G. (2009). “The Teacher-Scholar Project: How to Help Faculty Groups Develop Scholarly Skills Nursing Education Perspectives”. 30(3), 181-6.

  • HPSN World 2013; San Francisco, CA June 30- July 2, 2013. Bringing Simulation to Life (Podium Presentation).

  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2010 Conference, Shreveport, LA October 8-10, 2010, The Use of High-Fidelity Patient Simulation for Clinical Development. (Podium Presentation).

  • 9th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, Las Vegas, NV. June 16-19, 2010, Examining the Relationship between Participating in High-Fidelity Patient Simulation and the Levels of Self-Efficacy, (Podium Presentation).

  • Xi Psi Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau, Theory in Evidence-Based Practice, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA April 9, 2009, High Fidelity Patient Simulation in Nursing Education,(Podium Presentation).

Selected Funded Projects and Research

  • Leigh, G. (2018). Replacing Simulators for Medical-Surgical Nursing
    Laboratories. Student Technology Enhancement Program STEP ($200,449.53). FUNDED

  • Board of Regents Enhancement Grant-Developing a Multimedia Simulation to Enhance eLearning for Graduate Nursing Students.  2010-2012.

  • CDC/NIOSH U50 OH07541 Levin, J  (PI)NIOSH/Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education Innovative Approaches to Worker Health Protection among Shrimp Fishermen of the Gulf Coast. 2006-2011.

  • Faculty Development Grant First Aid for Preteens: Impact on preparedness and Injury prevention. 2007-2008.

  • ULS Serves Learn and Serve America – funding: Bridging Telehealth Competencies and Enhancing Health Recovery:  Soothing the Aches in Rural Health Disparities.

  • Faculty Development Grant First Aid for Preteens: Impact on preparedness and Injury prevention.

  • Learning Online: Accelerated Training for Success in the Graduate Nursing Program – CITI grant.

Research Review

  • Reviewer for peer-review journal "Clinical Simulation in Nursing"

  • Reviewer for peer-review journal "International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship"

  • Reviewe for the National League of Nurses' Simulation

  • Selected as an external reviewer for the National League of Nurses’ Simulation Innovation Resource Center e-learning courses