Leslie Sharpe, DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Lead Faculty FNP Program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 4104
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Leslie Sharpe is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 with a BSN and served as a critical care nurse in the United States Air Force at both the Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center and the United States Air Force Academy Hospital. In 1999, Dr. Sharpe received her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner program. For 13 years she worked in a primary care setting at Pittsboro Family Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Sharpe was recruited to serve on faculty of the UNC-CH School of Nursing to open Sylvan Community Health Center in Snow Camp, North Carolina. She served as the Lead Provider at Sylvan for 6 years. In 2013, she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program. Dr. Sharpe graduated from Duke University with a DNP in 2016.

With a strong desire to improve access to care for medically underserved communities, Dr. Sharpe embraces the opportunity to work with underserved communities and currently works as a volunteer with the UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic. With 20 years of experience in primary care specializing in the care of patients with complex, co-morbid physical and mental health illnesses, she is committed to educating primary care nurse practitioners to be able to apply behavioral health concepts in primary care. Dr. Sharpe is currently the course co-coordinator for N750 (Advanced Health and Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing), N752 (Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning) and course coordinator for N810 (Primary Care Management of Adults and Adolescents).

Dr. Sharpe has been actively involved in three large grants advancing the role of the NP in rural NC. From 2016-2019, Dr. Sharpe was the Clinical Team Lead for the HRSA NEPQR Grant “Nurse Practitioners Taking the Lead in North Carolina: Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Integration of Care” (NP Lead-NC: IPEIC, PI: V. Soltis-Jarrett). Dr. Sharpe joined the HRSA ANEW Grant “Partners in Practice, Engagement, & Education in rural NC: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care” (PEER-NC/BHI-PC) (PI: V. Soltis-Jarrett) as the Education Team Lead (2017-2023) and is also a member of the UNC ECHO MAT ABC (Addiction-Behavioral Health Clinic) team. She is also an active member of the HRSA NP-Residency Grant (PI: V. Soltis-Jarrett) entitled “Nurse Practitioner Residency: Behavioral Health Integration in Rural Primary Care using the TANDEM3-PC Model (NPR: BHI-Rural PC/TANDEM3-PC), the first of its kind in NC (2019-2023).

Dr. Sharpe believes strongly in advocacy through education in clinical and professional practice issues, as well as actively participating in state and national professional organizations. Dr. Sharpe is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association Nurse Practitioner Council and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served as the Chairperson for the NCNA NP Council Executive Committee from 2011 – 2014. She served as the AANP State Rep for North Carolina (2019-2021). She received the 2011 NCNA Legislative Nurse of the Year award and the 2014 AANP NC Award for NP Advocacy. She routinely participates in “Advocacy Tuesdays” at the NC General Assembly educate legislators and other stakeholders in healthcare about advanced practice nursing issues. One of her passions is serving as a mentor for NPs in the legislative and advocacy arena; as such, she facilitates a “leadership circle” of local APRNs in the Triangle. She also currently serves as the NP PAC treasurer. Dr. Sharpe served as guest lecturer and project coach for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program. She is also a contributing author for the textbook Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide.