Published June 1, 2022
The 2022 awards were presented at the School of Nursing’s Annual May Celebration, which was held at Reikart House in Buffalo on May 26, 2022. It was the School’s first in-person May Celebration since COVID-19 curtailed events and activities at the University.
This award is given to an individual or individuals in recognition and in appreciation of their significant support and impact on the advancement of the UB School of Nursing. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the nursing profession embodying the mission, vision and values of the UB School of Nursing.
The 2022 award was presented to Takesha Leonard, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-S. Leonard is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a passion for community health and addressing health disparities in Black and Brown communities. She graduated from UB School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program in 2001 and is currently pursuing a post-master's certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner here at the UB School of Nursing.
Leonard has volunteered over 400 hours of clinical preceptorship for our FNP DNP program over the past year; has partnered with our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to present an invigorating session that focused on providing health care in inner-city communities; and has been instrumental in planning our pilot Summer Nursing for High School Students Program. Her willingness to share her clinical knowledge, immense cultural insight and professional expertise with our students, faculty and staff is a testament to her devotion to our profession and the health of our community.
This award recognizes an outstanding clinical preceptor for the School of Nursing.
The 2022 award was presented to Rosanna Carter, DNP, PMHNP-B. Carter graduated from UB School of Nursing’s Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing DNP program in 2015 and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at a busy certified community behavioral health clinic.
Carter has precepted for the School of Nursing since 2018 and continued to precept two to three days per week throughout the pandemic despite many challenges. When the clinic closed temporarily, she was available the minute it was safe to reopen. She continued to precept our students as the clinic transitioned to telehealth, providing our students with the opportunity to learn telehealth technology and service – a skill that will no doubt continue to grow in importance in health care. As a dedicated UB alumna and volunteer preceptor, she exemplifies our UB School of Nursing spirit.