Assistant Professor
RIBN Program Director

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 322
Phone: (828) 654-6558

Area of Expertise: medical-surgical nursing; nursing leadership

Area of Research Interest: academic progression; new nurse mentoring

Leigh Angel is the Director of the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program of Western Carolina University School of Nursing. She is actively involved as a member of the executive committee for the RIBN (RIBN) program; a collaboration with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to streamline baccalaureate education.

Prior to coming to Western Carolina University, Leigh was an acute care Accreditation Readiness Specialist at Mission Hospital. Previously she was a director of medical surgical services at Park Ridge Health and a nurse manager of a progressive care unit at Mission Hospital. In these roles she worked with nurses to provide administrative direction of nursing units as well as provide clinical expertise for accreditation surveys and preparation.

Leigh graduated from Western Carolina University in 2012 with Masters of Science in Nursing Administration. Her graduate project focused on transitioning RIBN students into the nursing workforce. Leigh’s undergraduate nursing degree was also received from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Her clinical experience includes medical-surgical nursing, care of patients on step-down nursing units including vascular surgical patients.

Leigh is currently a member of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Psi chapter. Leigh is actively involved with the National MS Society Greater Atlantic Chapter. She currently resides in Fletcher, North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.

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