Josh Wymer


Clinical Associate Professor, University of San Diego; Chief Clinical Officer, Shifthive, Inc.

Josh Wymer has 21 years of Active Duty service in the U.S. Navy, beginning as a Hospital Corpsman and concluding as the Chief Health Information Officer with the Defense Health Agency’s San Diego Market, a comprehensive healthcare market serving 357,000 eligible beneficiaries across Southern California. He also previously served as a Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for a large academic hospital with 11 locations and 100 primary and specialty care clinics with a portfolio that included support to global Tele-Critical Care for the Military Health System (MHS). With a clinical background in perioperative nursing and surgical services management, he has extensive health IT experience included electronic health record (EHR) implementations, maturing governance structures, and leading system-level strategy.

Professor Wymer currently serves as Chief Clinical Officer with Shifthive, Inc., a SaaS startup in the healthcare workforce management space. He also remains very engaged in the perioperative and surgical services management communities through the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) in Denver, CO, as Vice President for CCI’s Board of Directors representing 45,000 operating room nurses. He is active with ACHE and serves on the Editorial Board for Healthcare Executive magazine. He also serves on the HIMSS Analytics North American Advisory Panel and co-led the development of the ML/AI Forum for HIMSS ’23 in Chicago. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors with the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications.

As a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, Professor Wymer’s current writing and recent publications contribute to the national discussion around human-centered design in health information systems and applications, nurses as vested peer-collaborators across interprofessional teams, and the influence of nursing specialty certification on individual professional development and the patient care environment.

Professor Wymer is committed to supporting our graduate students as they seek to balance academic pursuits with personal and professional responsibilities. He is relentlessly focused on making sure that the student experience in his courses is as productive as possible.

Best Practice Interests

  • Patient safety
  • Change management
  • Crisis leadership
  • User experience
  • Professional development

Recent Publications

  • Wymer JA, Stucky CH, De Jong MJ, Nursing Leadership and COVID-19: Defining the Shadows and Leading Ahead of the Data, Nurse Leader (2021).
  • Stucky, CH, Wymer, JA. Progressing toward specialty certification as the National Standard for Nursing. Nursing Forum. 2020; 55: 531– 534.
  • Stucky CH et al., Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM): The New Gold

Standard for Perioperative Nurse Leaders, Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 2020; 35-6: 557-563.

Recent MEDIA


  • Conway Scholar, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (2021-Present)
  • Victor Montana Award, Granite State College
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement, Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science, University of San Diego
  • Forty Under 40 Leaders, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses


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