The University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore recently announced the appointment of assistant professor Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN, as director of the school’s clinical nurse leader option. Lessans has been a faculty member at UMSON since 2008.
“Dr. Lessans is a well-respected member of our faculty who has made invaluable contributions to the nursing program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing,” UMSON Dean Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in a news release. “She played a major role in the revision of the CNL curriculum and works closely with our CNL students. Dr. Lessans exudes the attributes that we are looking for in the leader of our program, and I am confident that she will continue to help advance the mission of the school.”
Lessans, an assistant professor in the department of pain and translational symptom science, is conducting research that focuses on the mechanism underlying the development and persistence of neuropathic pain.
In her new role, Lessans will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the CNL option’s policies and procedures. She also will provide leadership in program coordination; curriculum planning; student recruitment, retention and advisement; and didactic instruction, according to the release.
“This is such an exciting time to assume this important role,” Lessans said in the release. “I have a strong passion for entry-level education and the clinical nurse leader option. It is a privilege to work with this amazing faculty and staff, diligently working to prepare future nurses to shape a culture of safety and best outcomes for patients.”
Lessans earned a PhD from UMSON, an MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BSN from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.