Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN

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    Rose Sherman

Director Nursing Leadership Institute/ Professor

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Director of the Nursing Leadership Institute in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida) and a Professor in the College of Nursing.   In her faculty role, Dr. Sherman is the director of the Nursing Administration program and new Clinical Nurse Leader graduate track.  As Director of the Nursing Leadership Institute, she coordinates workshops, programs and research initiatives to address the needs of the South Florida nursing community.  She has received over 2.8 million dollars in foundation and federal grant funding over the past eight years to promote nursing leadership initiatives including a current $827,000 HRSA grant for a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration targeted to Emerging Nurse Leaders and Community Succession Planning .  Rose has over 45 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters and 10 non-peer reviewed publications.  Her work has been published in Nursing Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Nursing Administration, Nurse Leader, Journal of Nursing Education, Nursing Management, the International Journal of Leadership in Health Services, Nursing Economics, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing and the Online Journal of Nursing Issues.   She serves as a Florida advisory board member for Nursing Spectrum/Nurseweek and is a Trustee for the Palm Healthcare Foundation.  Rose has presented at numerous conferences at the state and national levels including presentations at AONE conferences in 2004, 2005 , 2007 and has done national webinars for Sigma Theta Tau and the Voluntary Hospital Association.  In 2005, she was selected as the Florida Nurse Leader of the Year for the work she has done in the state of Florida developing nurse leaders and has also been the Distinguished Professor of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.  She was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing in 2010. 

Prior to joining the faculty at FAU, Rose had a 25 year nursing leadership career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in VA Medical Centers in Miami, Washington DC, Seattle WA, New York City and West Palm Beach, Florida.  She is ANCC certified in Advanced Nursing Administration.  Her RWJ project completed in 2008 was  nationwide qualitative research study that examined the Role Transition Experiences of Clinical Nurse Leaders.  This study was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration in December 2010 and is considered a landmark study in the CNL literature.  Rose's newest area of work is developing emerging nurse leaders and working with nurse leaders throughout South Florida on succession planning efforts.  To help develop emerging nurse leaders globally, she recently launched an Emerging Nurse Leader Blog ( - which is steadily gaining a broad international audience.