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Maureen Leonardo

Maureen Leonardo

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Fisher 513
Phone: 412.396.6539


CRNP, Family Practice, Duquesne University, 1998
MN, Clinical Specialty: Cardiovascular Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1980
BSN, Nursing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1974

Maureen Leonardo is currently a Clinical Associate Professor. Professor Leonardo earned her Master in Nursing with a Clinical Specialty in Cardiovascular Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Duquesne University.  She has enjoyed years of experience in nursing education and practice that includes teaching nursing on the associate degree, baccalaureate and graduate levels. As senior faculty, she has had significant experience with curriculum development and change and played a leadership role in the development of the community-based curriculum of the School of Nursing. She holds national certification as a nurse educator.

An educator but always a clinician, she has maintained a clinical practice throughout her tenure in academics.  She has clinical experience in critical care as a staff nurse, administrator, clinical nurse specialist, and educator prior to academia as well as a staff nurse and consultant role while teaching.  A mid-career conversion to primary care resulted in a clinical role as an FNP. She currently practices with Western Pennsylvania Family Medical Associates as an FNP and chronic illness care manager. She has been integral to their work with the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative Collaborative, a statewide initiative to improve chronic illness care. She holds national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Professor Leonardo is also a manager of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Nurse-Managed Wellness Center (DUSON NMWC) which is one of the longest running academic health centers in the United States. She is the APN at the St. Justin Plaza site on Mt. Washington in the City of Pittsburgh which received a Best Practice Award from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A grant she received from the Birmingham Foundation was the impetus for collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh which resulted in the opening of 6 mobile wellness center sites at Senior Centers in the City. She has numerous publications related to the academic wellness centers and the older adult.

Her research interests and publications include management/outcomes of health and wellness in the older adult, program evaluation, the older adult chronic illness management, wellness care, and simulation in the community.


Last 5 years

"Retrospective Documentation Analysis of the DUSON NMWC"
L. Resick, M. Leonardo, E. Powell, C. Goss (2008-2009)
Purpose: To systematically determine trends, themes, and outcomes of client encounters over time to facilitate decision making, strategic planning, and future planning of health and wellness programming for older adults living in the community.

"A Comparison of Role Perceptions of Nursing Students in Two Different Curricula"
C. Nickerson, M. Leonardo, L. Resick, and E. Zungolo (2007-2008)
Purpose: This study uses qualitative inquiry into students' experiences of when they ‘intervened like a nurse' to answer the following research questions:
1. What are senior baccalaureate nursing students' perceptions of their experiences of
‘intervening like a nurse'?
2. How do the perceptions of seniors from the old BSN curriculum compare and contrast with those of the new BSN curriculum?

"Use of Undergraduate Nursing Students as Standardized Patients to Evaluate Clinical Competence of Advanced Assessment and Beginning Diagnostic Skills of Distance Learning Nurse Practitioner Students during an On-Campus Visit"
L. Richardson, L. Resick, M. Leonardo, C. Pearsall (2005-2007)
Purpose: To understand more about the student nurse practitioner's perception of the standardized patient experience using undergraduate nursing students as the simulated patients.


Presentations Pertaining to Teaching - Last 5 years

"Using Student Led Case Study Presentations to Teach the Chronic Care Model in a Community-based, Integrated Curriculum"
Elsevier/Mosby's Faculty Development Institute
Las Vegas, NV
January 2-4, 2012
D. Lewis, M. Leonardo, poster presentation

"Case Study Presentations Utilizing the Chronic Care Model in Pediatrics"
Pediatric Nurses: Leaders in Making Health Care Safe for Children and Families
Society of Pediatric Nursing Annual Conference
March 31-April 3, 2011
D. Lewis, M. Leonardo, poster presentation

"SimSarah Goes Home"
9th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference
Las Vegas, NV
June 17 -19, 2010
M. Leonardo, R. Henry, paper presentation

"Development of Competencies in Geriatric Nursing Through Clinical Simulation"
Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation
University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, NC
April 2-3, 2009
M. Leonardo, R. Henry, poster presentation

"Standardized Patient Clinical Simulation to Evaluate Clinical Competence in a Distance Education Program"
33rd Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Denver, CO
April 14, 2007
Richardson, L., Resick, L., Leonardo, M., paper presentation

Publications - Last 5 years

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Resick, L. K., Leonardo, M. E., McGinnis, K. A., Stewart, J., Goss, C, & Ellison, T. M. (2011). A retrospective data analysis of two academic nurse-managed wellness centers. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(6), 42-52. DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20110302-02

Resick, L. K., Leonardo, M. E., Kruman, B. J., & Carlson, M. R. (2009). The Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods (RN+WIN) Project: An approach toward sustainability of an academic nurse-managed wellness center. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 22 (4), 271-277. DOI: 10.1177/1084822309348775

Richardson, L., Resick, L., Leonardo, M., & Pearsall, C. (2009). Undergraduate students as standardized patients to assess advanced practice nursing student competencies. Nurse Educator, 34(1), 12-16.

Book Contributions - Last 5 years

Resick, L. K., & Leonardo, M. E. (2009). Application of the Boyer Model of Scholarship in nurse-managed wellness centers. In T. Hansen-Turton, M.E. Miller, & P. A. Greiner, Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers: Developing and Maintaining Your Center. New York: Springer.

Leonardo, M. E., Resick, L. K., Torrisi, D., Hansen-Turton, T., & Deinhardt, A. (2009). Planning a wellness center. In T. Hansen-Turton, M.E. Miller, & P. A. Greiner, Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers: Developing and Maintaining Your Center. New York: Springer.

Resick, L. K., Hayes, E., Leonardo, M. E., & Plowfield, L. (2009). Documenting outcomes. In T. Hansen-Turton, M.E. Miller, & P. A. Greiner, Nurse-Managed Wellness Centers: Developing and Maintaining Your Center. New York: Springer.


Cameos of Caring, Nurse Educator Awardee, 2007

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, May 1995.

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

Selected for Inclusion in Who's Who in American Nursing, 1990-present; Who's Who of American Teachers, 1998-99, 2004.

1999 HUD Best Practice Award, St Justin Plaza Nurse-Managed Wellness Clinic.

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award, School of Nursing, 1999 (and nominee for University Award).

Recognized by Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence at Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence, 2001, 2002.