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 is a co-founder of the American Nurse Project dedicated to elevating the voices of nurses across the country through interviews, an award winning book, and a feature length documentary.
As long as COVID-19 remains a public health risk, PPE is a must-have for healthcare workers. By making hands-free communication devices worn under PPE a standard, hospitals can better safeguard their frontlines from infection.
In watching the toll COVID-19 has taken on healthcare workers, I realize that cognitive burden is even more of an issue now than it was before the pandemic. The mental and physical burden nurses must carry in this time of need is life altering for them.
Before COVID-19, nurses had to manage cognitive overload. During both routine days and stressful times, healthcare workers experience cognitive burden. Identifying ways to lessen that burden by simplifying workflows with assistive technologies can reduce the mental and...