Reimagining Nursing for the Future

2022 CNO Perspective Report
Authored by Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN

Nurses are Innovators

Professional nursing holds a unique place in the world’s healthcare infrastructure. Nurses are the largest work group in the healthcare system and, as we have seen over the past two and a half years, their impact on the safety and wellbeing of communities, nations, and the world is immeasurable.

Nurse Leaders Must Unleash the Power of Nurse Innovation

How do we change the environment nurses work in to support their resilience? One way we do it is by responding to nurses’ calls to innovate how we deliver care. That’s the focus of the CNO Perspective report on nurse-led innovation. This report lays out six ways to address nurses’ call for innovation and improving the work environment:

  • Simplify and unify communication workflow
  • Connect mobile care teams
  • Transform the hospital’s systems into nurse extenders
  • Innovate care models
  • Identify tasks to offload from the nurse
  • Empower nurses to manage the patient and family experience

About the Author

Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, served as Chief Nursing Officer at Vocera® from January 2014 through May 2022. As CNO, she worked closely with nurse leaders around the world to improve the safety and well-being of nurses, care teams, patients, and families by improving clinical communication and workflow.

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