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Leigh Ann Farmer

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Leigh Ann Farmer is a nursing executive with over 21 years experience as a nurse with over ten of those years in academia. She has served as Dean of Nursing and has taught at the associate, bachelors and master's level. Her teaching experience includes medical-surgical, health assessment, informatics, care of the older adult and nursing leadership. At Walden, she is a contributing faculty member in the MSN Nurse Executive speciality. Dr. Farmer is clinical operations, product and higher education leader with 10+ years’ progressive experience including start-ups, project leadership, informatics, developing/improving programs/operations, executing pilots, product development/management, initiatives & resources driving academic success, retention & graduation rates, and NCLEX success. Today, Dr. Farmer is passionate about driving & sustaining excellence in nursing programs.
Dr. Farmer is renowned for leadership skills. Possessing superb interpersonal abilities, she is skilled at communicating, influencing, negotiating, facilitating, presenting & getting others excited about implementing new ideas.

Courses Taught

NUR 6053 - Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership


Doctor of Management, University of Phoenix

MSN, University of Phoenix

Public Service

North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, Board of Directors - Mebane, NC

Awards / Honors

Davidson County Community College President's League, 2009

VHA Specialty Services Savings Aware-, 2006

VHA Specialty Services Savings Aware- Cardiology, 2006


Farmer, L. A. (2004). Situational leadership: A model for leading telecommuters. Journal of Nursing Management.


Farmer, L. A. (2009). The use of personal digital assistants (PDA) in nursing.