Dr. Gwen Sherwood is a Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and inaugural Associate Dean for Global Initiatives. Long a leader in patient safety, she was Co-PI to launch QSEN, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project to integrate a competency model to improve patient safety.
Dr. Sherwood helped develop the first nursing graduate education on the Texas Mexico border, worked with the China Medical Board to implement the first nursing Master’s program in China, partnered with USAID-funded projects in Kazakhstan and Sakhalin, joined IntraHealth International to scale up health professions education in Kenya, and served as Visiting Professor in Thailand, China, Sweden, and Taiwan.
Widely published, she is co-editor of Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach (translated into four languages) and three books on reflective practice. Dr. Sherwood is faculty in the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety to transform nursing and medical students as patient safety champions, served on the National Patient Safety Foundation Research Committee, presents for the Interprofessional Education Faculty Development Conference (IPEC). Among many awards, she received a Prince Mahidol Conference International Interprofessional Education Award and Sigma’s Founders Award for Excellence in Leadership.