Cheryl Erler, DNP, MSN, RN


DNP, Purdue University
MSN, South Dakota State University
BSN, Indiana State University 


Cheryl Erler, DNP, RN, has 30 years of experience in a variety of nursing roles. She has worked as a staff RN in a coronary care unit, critical care unit, and emergency department and has also worked as a flight nurse transporting critically ill and injured patients.  She taught nursing at Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University and Purdue University. Courses taught include physical assessment, adult health, and critical care, nursing leadership/ management, graduate level nursing research and graduate level health finance and economics.

She has written book chapters related to flight nursing and published research related to student nurse anxiety in the critical care unit, the professional role of the flight nurse, the efficacy of ventilation strategies used during air transport of critically ill patients and safety culture in the critical care transport environment.  Published research has been presented both nationally and internationally. She is active professionally in a variety of professional roles, including Journal Reviewer for the Air Medical Journal and member of the Association of Air Medical Services.  She has received a number of professional honors including Purdue University School of Nursing Alumnus Career Achievement Award; President’s Award from the Association of Air Medical Services and Jordan Award for Flight Nursing Research.

Area(s) of Specialization

Critical Care Transport, Patient Safety, Organizational Leadership

Current CV (PDF)

Cheryl Erler
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Phone: 765-496-0632

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