Leslie Sharpe, DNP, FNP-BC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She 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 Master of Science in Nursing from 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 sole provider for the community for 4 years. In 2013, she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership program. Dr. Sharpe also pursued further training in behavioral health as part of an Adult Intensive Program for NPs facilitated by Duke Psychiatry in 2014. After completing the program, she then enrolled in the Duke DNP program and graduated May 2016.
With a strong desire to improve access to care for medically underserved communities, Dr. Sharpe embraced the opportunity to help open Sylvan Community Health Center, a school-based community health center at Sylvan Elementary School in Snow Camp, North Carolina. This community health center is a unique partnership with Piedmont Health Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and Alamance-Burlington School System with the goal of increasing access to healthcare in a rural community. 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. In the past year, Dr. Sharpe has taken on the role of course coordinator for N726 (Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care) and N810 (Primary Care Management of Adults).
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. Dr. Sharpe served as the Chairperson for the NCNA NP Council Executive Committee from 2011 – 2014. She was recently elected as the AANP State Rep for North Carolina (2019). 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 is a 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.
|2015||SR-AHEC and Duke Psychiatry Behavioral Health Program for Advanced Practice Providers, Adult Intensive|
|2013 – 2014||Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program (Inaugural Cohort)|
|2014||AANP North Carolina Award for NP Advocacy|
|2011||NCNA Legislative Nurse of the Year Award|
|1999||Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding MSN Student Award|
|1982 – 1984||Johnston Scholar|
Books and Chapters
Sharpe, L. (2019). Chapter 6: Policy implementation. In J. Milstead and N. Short (Eds.). Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide, 6th ed. Burlington, MA: Jones Bartlett Learning.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Dupart, G., Berry, D., D’Auria, J., Sharpe, L., McDonough, L., Houser, M., Flanary, S., & Koppelberger, S. (2017). A nurse-led and teacher-assisted adolescent healthy weight program to improve health behaviors in the school setting. The Journal of School Nursing. doi: 10.1177/1059840517744020
Sharpe, L., Bishop, C., Devries, A., & Derouin, A. (2016). Quick screen to intervene: Starting the conversation about pediatric obesity. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.06.009
Sharpe, L., October 2017, There is no Health without Mental Health: Screening and Management of Comorbid Depression, Anxiety, and Diabetes. Center for Lifelong Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Sharpe, L. October 2017. Dementia. N811, UNC-CH School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC.
Sharpe, L., 2015 – 2017, Organizational Finances: Being Savvy and Sustainable, Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, Chapel Hill, NC.
Sharpe, L., 2014, Innovative Collaboration: Bringing Health Care to the Community, NC Organization for Nurse Leaders, Greensboro, NC.
Sharpe, L., January 2013, New Guidelines for Sexual Activity in Cardiovascular Disease, 2nd Annual Cardiovascular Update, UNC-CH SON Center for Lifelong Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Sharpe, L., 2002 – 2010, E & M Coding Basics, Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program, UNC-CH SON, Chapel Hill.
Sharpe, L., March 2008, Coding with Confidence, NCNA NP Spring Symposium.
Sharpe, L., 2006, Guest Lecturer, Healthy Diet for Weight Loss, Curves Weight Loss Programs, Cary and Pittsboro, NC.
Sharpe, L., June 2017. Political Advocacy: Mentorship to Leadership, AANP 2017 National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Williams, M., Bush, C., Hubbell, S., Palmer, C., & Sharpe, L., March 2016. Advanced Practice Nurses Interested in Careers in Academia, NCNA NP Spring Symposium, Wilmington, NC.
Sharpe, L., March 2015, Treating Acute and Chronic Pain: Shifting the Paradigm, NCNA NP Spring Symposium, Asheville, NC.
Sharpe, L., 2003 – 2005, Coding Basics and Beyond, NCNA NP Spring Symposium.
|Role||Title||Total Direct Amount||Percent Effort||Agency||Dates|
|Project Faculty Member, Educational Team Leader||Partners in practice, engagement, & education in rural NC: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care (PEER NC: NP-BHI/PC)
PI: Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP
|$1.2 million||20% Funded||Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) ANEW Grant||2017-2019|
|Project Faculty Member, Contracted by PHS||Family Nurse Practitioners Taking the Lead in North Carolina: Interprofessional Practice, Education, Integration of Care
PI: Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP
|$900,000||20% Funded||Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) NEPQR Grant||2016-2018|