Special Interest and Research: Medical-Surgical Nursing, Adult Health, Oncology, End-of-Life Care, Conceptual-based teaching and learning, Medical Terminology and Pedagogy. Research interests include nursing faculty development, teaching/learning strategies, and faculty transition following curricular change.
Professional Experience: Dr. León graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and a minor in Healthcare Administration and an Associate Degree of Applied Science with a focus in Exercise Technology. After years of working in an acute care hospital and teaching Medical Terminology at a community college, Dr. León returned to school to pursue a nursing degree. Upon graduation, Dr. León worked in oncology and medical-surgical nursing for 15 years. During this time, she completed a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist) with a focus in Nursing Education.
Dr. León began her academic teaching career in 2000 as a part-time clinical instructor and eventually moved to a full-time position at NMSU BSN Nursing Program in 2002. She has taught many didactic and clinical courses within the nursing program (traditional and concept-based). During her tenure, Dr. León has provided oversight to student tutors, supervised the Nursing Skills Lab & Simulation, and served as Distance Education Coordinator (for BSN program at NMSU Alamo and NMSU Grants campuses). In January, 2019, Dr. León began her role as Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs and received her PhD in May 2019..