Ashleigh M. Klimek Kleefisch, MSN, RN

LEO Adjunct Lecturer
Undergraduate Studies Program
Room 2341 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-1474
Fax: (734) 936-5525

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Cardiac pathologies
  • Critical illness
  • Implementation of Innovative Teaching Strategies in the Classroom and Clinical Setting
  • Simulation
  • Techniques in Patient Education

Ms. Klimek’s professional career began at Mayo Clinic with heart failure, heart transplant, VAD, and valve surgery patients. She also worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center and University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in the Intensive Care Units. Ashleigh taught undergraduate students in the clinical setting while completing her Graduate Studies at University of Michigan. She enjoys incorporating new and innovative teaching strategies with the students while sharing her enthusiasm for the nursing profession. 


Ms. Klimek is a clinical educator within the undergraduate level in the Critical Care Units at University of Michigan Health System. Her area of clinical focus is in cardiology and critical care, with emphasis on mentorship and evidence–based practice in clinical care. In this practice setting, she carries an interest in identifying a variety of innovative approaches to teaching, such as simulation, in order to enhance learning and promote critical thinking.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 2007-Present (Leadership Succession 2011-2013)
  • Member, Michigan Nurses Association, 2007-Present
  • Member, American College of Nurse Practitioners, 2011-Present
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2011-Present
  • Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2011-Present
  • Member, American Holistic Nurses Association, 2012-Present
  • Member, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners; 2012-Present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Bonnie Kaye Mallory-Foreman Award for Clinical Expertise, 2013
  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Scholarship, 2011
  • Catherine and Arthur Adel Scholarship Fund, University of Michigan, 2011
  • Making a Difference, University of Michigan Health System, 2011
  • Julienne Hoff Dean’s Leadership Award, Madonna University, 2007
  • Honorable Mention for the O’Neill Award for Humanistic Nursing, Madonna University, 2007


  • MSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2013
  • BSN, Madonna University, Livonia, MI 2007