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Cheryl Portwood M.S.N., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C.

Cheryl Portwood M.S.N., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C.Cheryl Portwood is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA. She teaches primarily on-line in the Master of Science in Nursing program and serves as Coordinator for the Nursing Leadership in Health Services Management track. Her particular area of interest is the use of influence as a means of achieving organizational goals.

As part of her faculty role, Professor Portwood previously served as Coordinator of Quality for Distance Learning Programs in Nursing. Her responsibilities included management of the secure testing program, monitoring courses for best practices, student and faculty satisfaction, and working with faculty to ensure quality in on-line courses. She has extensive experience teaching in the virtual environment and mentors faculty on design, development, and delivery of on-line courses. She has presented on topics related to on-line quality and secure testing both nationally and internationally. In 2008, she was honored by Drexel University as Online Teacher of the Year for the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Prior to joining the Drexel faculty, Professor Portwood served in nursing and hospital executive leadership positions in the Delaware Valley for 17 years as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Germantown Hospital and Medical Center and The Health Network of the Chester County Hospital. She is a Wharton–Johnson & Johnson Fellow in Management for Nurses and a past executive board member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is a board-certified nursing executive.

In addition to her role as a FAIMER project advisor, Professor Portwood is currently serving as an advisor to a project jointly funded by USAID and the Ukrainian Federation of America to develop a model for deployment of a hospital-based electronic medical records system in Ukraine.

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[last update: September 27, 2011]