Sherrilyn Coffman, PhD, RN


IMG: Professor Sherrilyn CoffmanIndiana University
Phone: (702) 992-2045

Sherrilyn Coffman has been a pediatric nurse throughout her career, and brings to NSC a diverse clinical background as a hospital pediatric nurse, clinical nurse specialist, trauma center researcher, outpatient case manager, nurse practitioner, and home health nurse. She also brings extensive experience in higher education, having taught students in baccalaureate, associate degree, and master level nursing programs. In her teaching, Dr. Coffman integrates learning activities that expose students to contemporary healthcare issues such as evidence-based practice, SBAR communication, emotional and developmental needs of children and families, and conflict resolution.

As a founding faculty member of Nevada State College, Dr. Coffman is dedicated to preparing students who are excellent practitioners and beginning nurse scholars. In the role of Associate Dean, she works with other faculty and students to create a learning environment where students are supported and challenged. The philosophy of nursing as caring influences her teaching, scholarship, and service. She developed the Healing Presence Ceremony, which is celebrated each fall by nursing students and faculty, and focuses on the nurse as a healing presence in the lives of others. She has conducted research and presented at international conferences on how students develop caring attributes. Her most recent research is focused on the influence of high-technology simulation on student learning.

Since its inception, Dr. Coffman has focused on making the nursing program responsive to community issues, and exposing students to the needs of children and their families. She facilitates a monthly support group, Diabetes in Children and Families, that is sponsored by the Nevada Diabetes Association. Through that organization she works as a camp nurse at Camp Vegas, a week-long camp for children with diabetes, often accompanied by her nursing students. As Director of the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center, she works with clinic staff to implement an asthma management program, mental health support groups, and primary care services for children in the Henderson schools.