Dr. Lea received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Houston Baptist University in 1973 and Master's of Science in Education from Baylor University in 1996. She graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University in March, 2014. Dr. Lea is currently certified in critical care nursing,
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Lea teaches in the undergraduate baccalaureate program with expertise in adult health and critical care nursing. She has taught Foundations of Adult Health (Adult 1), Adult 2, and is course coordinator for Adult 3 (Advanced Concepts of Medical Surgical Nursing). She has also taught in the Community Nursing course and the RN-BSN program.
Dr. Lea has been awarded the Award of Excellence in Education from Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Delta Chapter in, 2010, the Alice Caroline Brown Research for Nursing Award in 2014 and the Eisenhauer-Biegert Faculty Award for Innovation and Humanism in Education in 2014. She is currently the liaison for the UTMB Nurse Residency Program and has been selected to be a member in the inaugural class of the Texas Medical Center Nursing Leadership Institute Certificate Program. Dr. Lea has published articles on Depression in Heart Failure which is her research interest.