An internationally distinguished scholar and educator, Dr. Sherwood has impacted nursing advancement through two primary areas of expertise. As Co-Investigator for the award winning national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), she built on her background in teamwork, work environment and pain management outcomes. An engaging presenter to audiences around the world, she has disseminated the outcomes of her work in more than 50 peer reviewed papers, 22 book chapters and position papers, and 17 editorials and reviews; she produced 6 educational videos and has three book titles.


Sherwood, G. & Barnsteiner, J. (Eds). (2012). Quality and safety in nursing: A competency approach to improving outcomes. Wiley-Blackwell

Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes is the first comprehensive text of its kind devoted to the nursing community’s role in improving quality of care and patient safety. Edited by key members of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) steering team, the book brings together information from various loci and expertly situates it within the continuum of nursing education and practice.

AJN 2013 Book of the Year for Management and Leadership.


Sherwood, G & Horton-Deutsch, S (Eds), (2012), Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes,Indianapolis, Indiana, Sigma Theta Tau International

Reflective practice is like a mirror to our inner selves. Reflection helps us learn from critical events in our lives through systematic review to be able to understand it, apply what we know, and determine ways to respond in future situations. In this new book Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch present reflection as a change process. Focusing on reflection in both academic and clinical education, the book demonstrates how asking critical questions help make sense of our work, lead to improvements in quality and safety, and create habits of the mind for continuous learning. Exercises and questions are adaptable for individual or group reflection or work with a coach or mentor.


Freshwater, D, Taylor, B & Sherwood, G (Eds), (2008), Reflective Practice in Nursing, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing & Sigma Theta Tau International

The International Textbook of Reflective Practice in Nursing provides practical guidance on applying reflective practice to education, practice, and research in nursing, adopting the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s structure of knowledge, service, and learning. The knowledge section introduces the concept of reflection as a research and evaluative tool. The service section focuses on the ways reflection has been applied and implemented in clinical practice. The learning section examines evidence that contributes to the understanding of reflection as fundamental to the nursing curricula.


Sherwood and Cronenwett with Macau Polytechnic Institute President

  • Quality And Safety Education For Nurses (QSEN)
  • Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Work Environment:  Caring And Spirituality
  • Pain Management Outcomes


  • Expanding Nursing Globally
  • Developing Underserved US Regions