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Robert McSherry

Robert McSherry

About Robert McSherry

Rob's enthusiasm, motivation and passion for the nursing profession are unwavering, with almost thirty years’ experience he continues to support and facilitate teams in the quest for excellence in practice.  In December 2010 Rob was awarded a Fellowship to the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dublin (FFNMRCSI) for his significant contributions to nursing and the Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) 2011 in recognition of his excellence in learning and teaching. 

Rob is Adjunct Professor University of Tasmania, visiting Professor Tehran University of Medical Sciences and previously visiting professor with Narh-Bita University, Ghana and Clinical Associate Professor with the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia.

Research interests and activities

Rob's main research interest is seeing research being utilized at a clinical level where nurses, midwives, nurse specialists and other Allied Health Professionals are equipped with the essential skills and knowledge to aid this process. Rob has shared and disseminated his work on nursing and practice development all over the world: Australia, United States of America, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran, Malta, Croatia and United Kingdom are to name but a few. 

Rob’s work and research focus broadly around three key areas; practice and professional development, healthcare governance [i.e. clinical governance and patient safety] and evidence-informed practice. Rob has published books and articles, offered numerous conference keynote presentations and provides consultancy and workshops to audiences on topics and research associated with his experience.

Rob's current projects are associated with undertaking

i. ‘A feasibility study to develop and test a Cultural health Check (CHC) toolkit designed to assist healthcare workers and organisations in the provision of safe, compassionate and dignified care for older people’.

ii. Exploring healthcare students and their mentor’s awareness of mentorship and clinical governance as part of a local Continuing Professional Development programmes’.


Selected publications

McSherry, R., Cottis, K., Rapson, T.,  Stringer , M  Quality nursing equals quality learning: Embracing external scrutiny to build bridges and genuine partnerships between education and clinical practice. Nurse Education in Practice 09/2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.07.006.

Makhumula‐Nkhoma, N., Whittaker, V., McSherry, R., (2014) Level of confidence in venepuncture and knowledge in determining causes of blood sample haemolysis among clinical staff and phlebotomists. Journal of Clinical Nursing (IF1.32). MP 05/2014; DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12607.

Timmins, F., McCabe, C, McSherry, R (2012) Research awareness: managerial challenges for nurses in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Nursing Management 20, 2, 224–235.

Scott, K, McSherry, R (2009) Evidence-based nursing: Clarifying the concepts for nurses in practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18, 8, 1085–1095.

View Robert McSherry's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • A model to support staff in raising their concerns
    Nursing Times online, 16/02/2015

  • Uni gets a boost via book
    Evening Gazette, 18/08/2012, p.5
    A book written by a Teesside University academic played a pivotal role in gaining more international recognition for the institution's work. The university was invited to make a bid to provide consult

  • Good relations lead to better care
    The Times Higher Education Supplement, 24/05/2012, p.16
    Robert McSherry is professor of nursing and practice development, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, and a Higher Education Academy national teaching fellow.