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Nursing staff were already under pressure but Covid-19 has obviously taken this to a new level, with emerging evidence suggesting nurse mental health and wellbeing has been significantly affected.
Nursing Times, in partnership with Vocera Communications, asked how nurse wellbeing can be better supported and what is the role for technology.
In this free 45-minute webinar hosted by Steve Ford, editor of Nursing Times, an expert panel explores the following main themes:
• What are the key challenges around nurse wellbeing?
• What could and should be done to better support the mental health of nurses?
• How can technology help support nurse well-being and improve resiliency?
Kathryn Halford, chief nurse and deputy chief executive, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Cathy Armstrong, senior project nurse at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Belfast
Rhonda Collins, chief nursing officer at Vocera Communications, and the author of the report Nurses Have Stepped Up. Not it’s Time to Support Them as We Move Forward.
The webinar was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Vocera Communications.
Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, is the chief nursing officer at Vocera, where she works closely with nurses, physicians, IT professionals and other hospital leaders around the world to improve the lives of patients, families and care teams by simplifying workflows and improving clinical communication.
A nurse for more than 30 years, Dr Collins has received several accolades for her work, and in 2019 she was named a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing.
Having trained at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath during the 1980’s Kathryn has continued to work as a nurse, initially in the adult sector and then with Children and Young People. She has extensive experience in acute and community settings across a number of healthcare economies.
Kathryn has held a number of senior nursing roles within the secondary and tertiary care setting and has led national programmes which focused on new roles within healthcare. Whilst working the Department of Health she led an independent review into children’s palliative care.
In 2018 Kathryn was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work within nursing and an Honorary Doctorate in 2019 for her work on diversity and widening participation. Kathryn is married with 3 grown up children and lives in Gloucestershire.