Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, c. 2020



Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, c. 2020


Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, was appointed dean of the UNMC College of Nursing on July 3, 2023. She came to UNMC from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts where she served as dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences at Simmons University from 2019-2023. Dr. Sharp-McHenry previously served as dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University and assistant director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas. Through her expertise in higher education, health care and regulation, Dr. Sharp-McHenry is recognized as a leader in her field and an enthusiastic advocate who actively supports initiatives to ensure the highest quality education and accessible health care.

A practicing nurse since 1981, her educational background includes an associate of science in nursing at Southern Arkansas University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in Nursing (clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health) from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in executive leadership from Union University.

Dr. Sharp-McHenry has held leadership roles in such national organizations as the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She has published and co-authored articles and served as an expert panel member in the development of clinical practice guidelines in the long-term care field.


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