Dennis Sherrod, EdD, RN

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    Dennis Sherrod

Professor and Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment & Retention

Winston-Salem State University

Walkertown, NC

Dennis Sherrod serves as the inaugural Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment & Retention, Professor, and Director of Graduate Programs in the Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. His Endowed Chair position was established to research recruitment and retention issues relating to students, nursing faculty, staff nurses, and nurse managers and is the first of its kind in the nation. As Director of Graduate Programs, he directs the Advanced Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner graduate programs.

Dennis has more than thirty years of nursing and nurse educator experience and over a decade of recruitment and retention expertise. Prior to joining Winston-Salem State University, he served as Associate Director of the North Carolina Center for Nursing where he directed the North Carolina Institute for Nursing Excellence, the North Carolina Recruitment and Retention Grant Program and the statewide "Nursing: The Power to Make a Difference" campaign designed to encourage youth and minorities to consider nursing and health careers.

On the national level, Dennis serves as President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows Alumni Association. He has also served as President of the Center for American Nurses where he directed development of resources, strategies, and tools to help nurses manage evolving workforce issues and succeed in their careers.

In 2003, he coauthored his first book titled Surviving the Shortage: Creative Recruitment and Retention Strategies and in 2005 he coauthored a second book titled A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention which in 2007 was updated for therapy managers and titled The Essential Guide to Recruitment and Retention: Skills for Therapy Managers. He has authored numerous journal articles and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Nursing Management journal.