Dr. Robert Hess Jr, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Founder & CEO of the Forum for Shared Governance and webmaster for He is the author of the only instruments for measuring governance in healthcare organizations, used globally in 300 healthcare systems, and coauthor of a new instrument, Council Health, which measures shared governance councils’ effectiveness. He is the world’s leading researcher on shared governance.


Dr. Hess recently transitioned into the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Executive, for OnCourse Learning, Healthcare, which publishes (formerly Nursing Spectrum and Nurseweek), In the 25 years prior to this new role, he was the Executive Vice President, Education Programs & Credentialing, leading the largest CE providerships in the world for nurses and dietitians, as well as 22 additional health professions, including physicians and pharmacists. In 2016, 4 million CE contact hours were offered via more than 2,000 currently active educational activities through all modes of delivery.  The interprofessional team of more than 30 professionals he left behind coordinates the development of educational activities through thousands of authors and reviewers.


Dr. Hess is the past Vice Chair of the ANCC’s Commission on Accreditation and a past Director of the American Association for Men in Nursing. He is current Chair of the Development Committee (personal fundraising) of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Trustee for the National Student Nurses Association’s Foundation.