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Nurs Manage ; 53(4): 8-10, 2022 Apr 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1788535


Four tools to keep nurses safe beyond the next crisis.

Communication , Humans
Healthc Manage Forum ; 34(4): 200-204, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1269848


Every year around Nurses Week, Dr. Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer for Vocera Communications, publishes a report examining important issues that impact the nursing profession worldwide. Her 2021 CNO report examines how the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the realities of the nursing profession and how the lack of resources, infrastructure, and policies impact nurses' work and lives. Dr. Collins addresses the toll of mental, emotional, and physical fatigue and outlines steps to help leaders create environments that protect the well-being of nurses and their patients. Dr. Collins closes the report by asking nurses to participate in a study to measure the mental, emotional, and physical burden nurses experience during communication. The study will use the NASA Task Load Index, a tool that has been used to measure the task load of workers in high-intensity jobs, such as pilots and air traffic controllers. The objective is to gain insight and a body of knowledge toward reducing nurses' cognitive burden going forward.

COVID-19/nursing , Nursing Staff, Hospital/psychology , Pneumonia, Viral/nursing , Safety Management , Adult , Burnout, Professional/prevention & control , Burnout, Professional/psychology , Female , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Male , Pandemics , Personal Protective Equipment , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Task Performance and Analysis , Workload/psychology , Workplace Violence/prevention & control , Workplace Violence/psychology
Healthc Manage Forum ; 33(5): 190-194, 2020 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-724220


The inspiration for The American Nurse Project, Dr. Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, is Chief Nursing Officer for Vocera Communications. Every year around Nurses Week, Dr. Collins publishes a report examining important issues that impact the nursing profession worldwide. Her 2020 CNO report looks at many of the challenges impacting nurses before, during, and after COVID-19-highlighting the mental anguish and physical burdens that COVID-19 has placed on nurses and other frontline healthcare workers as they put themselves in harm's way to protect others. Dr. Collins examines the foundation of cognitive science and outlines a three-point strategy to guide hospital and nurse leaders moving forward as they strive to support staff members: lightening clinicians' cognitive load by addressing the difference between documentation and communication, relieving the burden of adapting to multiple systems by giving clinicians control over how they communicate, and providing clinicians with clear, contextual, just-in-time information-using software to enhance workflow, not distract from it. During these unprecedented times, health leaders can honour nurses by providing them with the tools to help strengthen resiliency and healing from this crisis.

Coronavirus Infections/nursing , Nurses/psychology , Pneumonia, Viral/nursing , Adaptation, Psychological , Betacoronavirus , Burnout, Professional , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Executive Function , Humans , Memory, Short-Term , Nurse Administrators/psychology , Nursing Diagnosis , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Resilience, Psychological , SARS-CoV-2 , United States/epidemiology