Rhonda Collins

MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera

Rhonda Collins, MSN, 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 Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been with Vocera since 2014. 

Articles by Rhonda Collins

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....

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...

Two-Aspirin Headaches of Tomorrow’s Clinicians

... and how today’s healthcare technologies are already relieving the pain

When it comes to clinical communications and workflow, today’s headaches could become tomorrow’s – but they don’t have to. In our new eGuide, we look at four key...

Secure Texting of Orders is Still “Out”; Safe, Effective Mobile Order Entry is Still “In”

After months of deliberating (six, to be exact), The Joint Commission (TJC) and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued final guidance regarding secure texting options for provider order entry. While the statement was not what we were hoping for, it is what...

How to Get Physicians to Adopt New Technology

Yesterday I met with a CNO at a hospital. Very much on her mind was one of her biggest burdens – preparing to get physicians on board with a new communication protocol. It’s no secret that hospitals struggle with physician adoption of many kinds of new technology.

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Improving Safety for Hospitals and Patients

 

The National Safety Council designates June as National Safety Month. Effective communication is essential to safety in healthcare environments. Medical errors are the third leading cause of...

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