Dr. Nancyruth Leibold, EdD, RN, MSN, PHN, CNE

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Dr. Nancyruth Leibold, EdD, RN, MSN, PHN, CNE

Adjunct Instructor in Biology and Nursing
nleibold [at] NebrWesleyan.edu

Burt Hall

(402) 465-2333

Dr. Nancyruth Leibold

The most important thing is Family.

                          Walt Disney

Dr. Nancyruth Leibold has over 36 years of nursing experience in critical care, medical/surgical nursing, public health nursing, and nursing education.  Dr. Leibold has served as a staff nurse, travel nurse, Nursing Coordinator, Director of Nursing, and Nurse Educator.  She has an EdD from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, a MS in Nursing from Creighton University and a BSN from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  

BSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
MS Nursing, Creighton University
EdD for Health Care Professionals, College of Saint Mary

Nancyruth completed a certificate program from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Faculty Teaching, and a certificate program at Minnesota State University-Mankato for Excellence in Online Teaching. Nancyruth is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing.  In addition, Dr. Leibold has a certificate in teaching online from the University of New South Wales in Australia.  Dr. Leibold is a Reiki Practitioner and has a Reiki Level I, II, and Master/Teacher Certificate.


Dr. Leibold’s research interests include conflict management, civility, nursing education, online nursing education, instructional technology, and teaching strategies, such as virtual simulation and WebQuests.

Nancyruth is active in Sigma Theta Tau International, the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, and the American Holistic Nursing Association.  Nancyruth is an active Quality Matters Master Reviewer.  She volunteers for the American Red Cross, and currently serves as the President for the Southwest Minnesota Nursing Honor Society.  Nancyruth is a reviewer for the Journal of Effective Teaching and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practices. 

Nancyruth has received numerous nursing awards and teaching awards, such as the Caring in Nursing Award from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the nursing student body at Creighton University, and the Excellence in Nursing Award from Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Rho Chapter.   In 2013, Dr. Leibold received the Midwest/Heartland Nursing Excellence Educator and Mentor GEM award from nurse.com.  In 2014, she received the National Nurse Educator Award from Wilson Shepard Associates.  Also in 2014, Nancyruth received the Phyllis Roseberry Service Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Lambda Chapter. 


Nancyruth received a 2014 Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship to focus on instructional modules of civility and conflict management for online and hybrid courses.  This project included the creation of virtual simulations of conflict resolution for nursing students and nurses.  Nancyruth authored, programmed, and researched the instructional modules.  Her current major project is the development of a series of online instructional modules about holistic nursing practices and the research evidence base for holistic interventions.


Nancyruth has numerous professional presentations, grant awards, and publications in nursing and nursing education.  She has a wide range of publications (over 65 publications) from multimodal writing, to textbook chapters, journal publications, and research papers.