Rhonda Collins

DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera

Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, has been Vocera’s chief nursing officer since 2014. She is passionate about working in an environment with a culture and products that she views as supporting the greater good. As CNO, she is responsible for working with nursing leadership groups globally; she values interacting with people all over the world who share her life’s mission to make healthcare better. She held the position of vice president at several organizations, and founded the American Nurse Project. A registered nurse for 28 years, Rhonda holds a doctorate of nursing practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been with Vocera since 2014.

Articles by Rhonda Collins

Nurses Week 2019: 4 Million Reasons to Create a Safer, More Effective Work Environment

Nurses Week 2019 has 4 million reasons to celebrate, and Vocera nurses account for nearly 50 of them! Visit our Nurses Week web page to see our messages to fellow nurses everywhere.

In this national week to...

Nurses Week 2019: 4 Million Reasons to Create a Safer, More Effective Work Environment

Hospital Communication: How Many Apps Does It Take to Make a Phone Call?

1 Doctor, 1 Patient, 5 Apps: A True Tale

A physician needed to perform emergency surgery at a hospital that was in the same large integrated delivery...

Healthcare Communication: 5 Simplified Workflows, 135 Seconds – Watch

Watch the Stunning Simplicity of Vocera Nurse-Physician Communication

This video tells...

How Digital Technology is Transforming Healthcare and the Practice of Nursing – and What to Do About It

Each year coinciding with Nurses Week, I write a CNO Perspective report in which I examine a topic that I believe to be of current importance to nurse leaders. 


Inspire, Innovate, Influence: This Is How Nurses Lead

Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, is Chief Nursing Officer at Vocera. Her most recent CNO Perspective report is called Using Integrated Technologies to Solve Today’s Nursing Challenges: A How-to Guide for Nurse Leaders....

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Nursing Communication and the Hierarchy of Resiliency

I frequently have conversations with nurse executives who are uncomfortable making technology decisions on behalf of their nursing staff. They live in the all-consuming world of nursing operations, staffing, and patient satisfaction. I find that nurse executives, as a matter of...

Magnet Hospitals and Shared Governance: Empowering Frontline Nurses

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference is convening in Houston this week.

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional...

4 Steps to Address The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert on Hand-Off Communication

“I’m bringing a patient up,” says Mark Frye, a nurse in the PACU. “Ted Jones, 33 years old. He came in through the ED. We believe he was in a motor vehicle collision. He has an open compound fracture of the left femur with external repair. He remains unresponsive with a head injury...

It’s More Than a Mobile Strategy, It’s a Change to Clinical Practice: Read the CNO Perspective

A CNO I know was part of a team of hospital leaders who had the goal of making it easier for clinicians to communicate. On the heels of what seemed like years of constant change and pushing for adoption of new or updated technologies, the hospital inserted smart phones into the patient-care...


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