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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Leann Laubach, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and the Baccalaureate Program coordinator in the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been teaching at UCO since 2005 and has 22 years experience as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Classes Taught

UNIV 1012 Success Central

NURS 1221 Introduction to Nursing

NURS 4153 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 

NURS 5223 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 

NURS 5232 Healthcare Informatics 

Education and Certifications

PhD - Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing, 2015

  • Dissertation: Student Learning in Simulation Based on Instructor Engagement in Design

MS, Nursing - Southern Nazarene University, 2005

  • Thesis:  Co-Bedding Twins and Sleep

BS, Nursing - University of Central Oklahoma, 1987


2005-Current - University of Central Oklahoma, Department of Nursing.  

2019-current:  Baccalaureate Program Coordinator

2017-2019:  Assistant Chair and Baccalaureate Program Coordinator

2013-2017: Career Advancement Coordinator 

2004-2015 - OU Medical Center, Clinical Education Department, Education Specialist.

1987-2009 - The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, Neonatal Services, RN

Honors and Awards

2018 March of Dimes Oklahoma, Nurse of the Year, Education

2015-2016 Selected for and participated in Oklahoma Leadership Academy 

2015 Outstanding PhD Student, Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing 

2015 Highest GPA Award, Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing 

2011-2015 Doctoral Scholars Program, University of Central Oklahoma, Department of Nursing

2009 Outstanding Educator, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Delta Chapter at Large

2005 Outstanding Graduate Student, Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Delta Chapter at Large


Office Hours

Monday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday: 1-4 p.m.

By Appointment

Professional and Community Involvement

2018-Current: Council on Undergraduate Research, Councilor and Chair Health Sciences Division

2018-Current: American Nurses Association, Member

2018-Current: Oklahoma Nurses Association, Member

2005-Current: Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Delta Chapter at Large

2018-Current: Webmaster

2005-Current:  Member

2005-Current: National League of Nursing, Member

2014-Current: Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, Breakaway Camp Nurse

2006-Current: UCO Chi Campus Ministry, Thanksfest Volunteer

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


Laubach, L. L. (2019). Transforming Learning:  Application-Based Strategies Using Published Literature. The Journal of Nursing Education, Vol 58(4). p. 250.

Laubach, L. L. (2015). Student Learning in Simulation Based on Instructor Engagement in Design. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma City University. Dissertation


Laubach, L.L, & Arnold, B.E., "Transformative, Meaningful Learning Experiences in Undergraduate Research."  Faculty Administrator Networking Session. National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference 2019.  Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. (April 2019).

Laubach, L.L., Oklahoma Healthcare Workforce Simulation Conference, "Student Learning in Simulation," OSU-OKC, Oklahoma City, OK. (May, 2017).

Laubach, L. L., OUMC Clinical Educators Lunch & Learn, "You have a SimMan 3G:  Now what?" OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK. (July 28, 2016).

Laubach, L. L., Clinical Hot Topics 2016, "Student Learning in Simulation," OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. (January 15, 2016).

Laubach, L. L., Oklahoma Research Day, "Student Learning in Simulation Based on Instructor Engagement in Design," Tahlequah, OK. (March 13, 2015).

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is centered around student learning. I believe students should be taught in a method that works best for their learning, yet helps them grow as an individual. Teaching is more than standing in front of a classroom and lecturing. It includes active learning strategies, transformative experiences, and individual mentoring and encouragement when needed. The goal of my philosophy is to provide experiences to help students better understand the concepts being taught as well as teaching students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.

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