Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, recognized for Outstanding Leadership by the MNA

Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, recognized for Outstanding Leadership by the MNA

Sherry PerkinsWe are so proud to share that AAMC’s CNO/COO, Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award during the Maryland Nurses Association 111th Annual Convention, hosted at AAMC on October 16-17.

This award is presented to a MNA member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the performance of activities on behalf of nursing and the MNA and who has furthered MNA’s mission and nursing’s agenda.

Here is an excerpt from Sherry’s nomination form, submitted by Carol Fickinger, RN:

“Sherry has been at our hospital since 2006 and came at a time of great change. Since her arrival, she has energized an entire workforce. She took the time to get to know her staff and how we do what we do. Donning scrubs and spending time with staff throughout the hospital, she learned what it meant to be a nurse at our facility.

“One of our goals was to be a Magnet hospital. Prior to her arrival, we kept trying to ‘teach to the test.’ Processes were designed and redesigned to be compliant with Magnet standards. It wasn’t getting us very far in our quest. Our new leader took time to get to know us. Her message to us was simple: Keep doing what you do well. Let’s refine what we have instead of rushing an application to meet a goal of a date for completion.

“Over the next few years, she guided us to revamp our entire council structure. True shared-governance was built into every unit through the hospital-wide councils. Bedside Scientist grants allow our nursing staff to develop and execute quality improvement projects that have developed in to policy and procedure changes. The Professional Nurse Council is her advisory council. Nurses know they have input.

“Over the last eight years, she has brought us to where we are now. We are not only members of NDNQI, we have met and exceeded the standards set. And last month, our hospital became the 402nd Magnet hospital in the United States, with ANCC citing one of our best practices being Nursing Leadership. I have to say, we agree!”

Sherry, what a well-deserved honor. We are so proud to call you our Chief Nurse.


  1. Posted by carol Namo, at Reply

    Wow!! Sherry, congratulations. I can’t think of anyone else who deserves this award more. Under your leadership, we have become better, more savvy, more enthusiastic, nurses. We were and are truly blessed to have you as our chief nurse. It is a privilege to work for and with you. Thanks for listening and caring.

  2. Posted by Rita Linnenkamp, at Reply

    Congratulations Sherry! A well deserved award for an outstanding leader! Thank you for challenging us to never stop doing the right thing!

  3. Posted by Mary Glockner, at Reply

    Congratulations An honor well deserved

  4. Posted by Danette Readling, at Reply

    Sherry—You are our “fabulous prize”

  5. Posted by Nancy Long, at Reply


    So well deserved! A saying goes…people don’t remember so much what you say but they remember how you make them feel.
    You are a pro at making people feel good and it shows in your staff.

  6. Posted by Debbie Whitehead, at Reply

    Congrats on a well deserve honor. You came to AAMC at a time when the morale of the nurses was low and helped to transform us and to achieve great things. Thanks for all you do

  7. Posted by Natalie Johnston, at Reply

    Sherry you rock!!! Congrats

  8. Posted by monicam, at Reply

    I can’t resist commenting… this just makes me smile! Way to go, Sherry!

  9. Posted by Marianne McKiernan, at Reply

    Sherry, you have taken us in an amazing journey. Thank you for your awesomeness!

  10. Posted by Lynn Dorsey, at Reply

    Congratulations Sherry! You deserve it!

  11. Posted by Renee Lester, at Reply

    Well deserved! So lucky to have you as our leader.

  12. Posted by Deb Keane, at Reply

    Congratulations Sherry ! Your dedication and leadership has changed the entire culture of nursing at AAMC and I am delighted to see you recognized for Outstanding Leadership – nobody deserves it more!

  13. Posted by Holly Greever, at Reply

    Congrats to you Sherry – the epitome of a transformational leader! We couldn’t have said it any better than Carol’s wonderful words of recognition. All at AAMC and our community are blessed to have you as our Chief Nurse!

  14. Posted by Mary Beth Tubiolo, at Reply

    Way to go, Sherry! I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this than you! Keep doing what YOU do best- being a phenomenal transformational leader!

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