As I follow the news, I realize that the voice of nursing is still very much missing in all that is going on in healthcare, and in particular, in this third major wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. I thought it was time that we join together for a Twitter Chat to amplify the ‘Voice of Nursing’ – with #ANursesVoice – to speak to the world about what we are seeing as nurses, how we can make a meaningful and positive impact for our patients, drive change, and save the failing healthcare system.

 

I invite you to participate in #ANursesVoice on Wednesday, January 12 at 12:00pm EST on Twitter. I will be joined by some truly incredible industry leaders with powerful and diverse voices in nursing. Our goal is to drive attention to critical issues facing our frontlines, nurses, and all of healthcare. We look forward to having you join us!

– Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL, Chief Clinical Officer at IntelyCare (@RNRebeccaLove) 

Meet Our Participants

Mary Lou Ackerman, BScN, MBA

@mackerman123

Vice President of Innovation and Digital Health

Mary Lou Ackerman is Vice President of Innovation and Digital Health with SE Health. Mary Lou is a founding member of SONSIEL (Society of Nursing Scientist, Innovator, and Entrepreneur Leaders) and an active member of CHIEF (Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum) with Digital Health Canada. Her background is extensive – she has led the development and implementation of many business transformation projects, innovations, and partnerships.  Mary Lou joined SE Health early on in her nursing career, and she has augmented her clinical background with a graduate business degree and significant experience with health informatics and technologies.  Mary Lou has a passion for community health care, combined with a desire to advance care, creating innovative service models supported by digital health technologies, to create a future that will provide a personalized, accessible, meaningful health experience for individuals, their families, and the service providers that support them.  Most recently Mary Lou has co-authored two books: The Future of Aging and The Rebel Nurse Handbook: Inspirational Stories by Shift Disruptors.

Dr. Michelle Acorn

@MichelleAcornDr

Dr. Michelle Acorn is the Chief Nurse for the ICN-International Council of Nurses and a course instructor at both Athabasca University and the University of Toronto. She holds multiple degrees, licenses, and certifications, and has been published in a variety of scholarly works including books, peer-reviewed articles, and more.

Dr. Acorn is the recipient of over 20 awards. Most recently she won the Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Health Service for both School Health Nurses (2021) and Primary Care in Corrections (2021). In addition to making time for a long list of professional activities and organizations, Dr. Acorn makes time for community service through the University of Toronto and various nursing organizations.

Dr. Acorn is a well-known contributor to industry conferences, speaking as a part of 17 engagements in 2021 alone. Her accomplishments have been regularly covered by major media outlets and industry publications.

Hilario Castillo

@innovateneurons

Hilario Castillo is an RN-Entrepreneur who utilized his acute care clinical expertise to launch a Med-Tech startup that aims to develop a series of enhanced and innovative medical technologies with the goal of reducing chronic health conditions, healthcare costs and developing safer technologies that will benefit clinicians and enhance the patient experience.

He is the inventor of a breakthrough patented safety syringe that has unique time-saving and safety features currently unavailable in other syringes in the market which can help reduce healthcare costs, needle stick injuries, and save the clinician time during routine injection procedures.

Hilario and his startup, Innovative Neurons LLC, has been accepted and participated in several healthcare incubators and hackathons such as NYCEDC life science initiatives including the SBIR IMPACT NYC HEALTH TECH and elabNYC programs, NYCSPACEAPPS, NYCbigapps, NIHUB accelerator, and SONSIEL Nurse Hackathon.

Robin Cogan

@RobinCogan

My nursing career spans more than three decades. In 2001, I joined the Camden City School District where I continue to work as a school nurse. In addition, I am a part-time lecturer and Clinical Coordinator at Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing where I teach the next generation of school nurses. I write a weekly blog called “The Relentless School Nurse” with a growing readership. My overarching goal is to elevate the profile of nursing. I also write about pressing health and safety issues including, firearm violence prevention, health equity, immigration, Adverse Childhood Experiences and other social influencers of health and well-being.

Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN

@RhondaCNO

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 improving clinical communication and simplifying workflows. 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 through interviews, an award-winning book, and a feature-length documentary. Dr. Collins was named a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in 2019 and has received several industry accolades for her work. She earned her bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas. She is a published author and a sought-after speaker on the evolving role of nurses, the impact of cognitive overload on clinicians, and how to use communication technology to improve care team safety, collaboration, and well-being.

Paul De Raeve

@EFNBrussels

Paul De Raeve has been a registered nurse since 1984. He obtained a master’s degree in nursing science at the Free University of Brussels, a master’s degree in Statistics from the Catholic University of Brussels, and a Ph.D. degree from the Kings College University of London. Paul holds an Adjunct Professorship at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore (US) since 2018. Paul was appointed as staff manager at the Free University Hospital of Brussels, part-time delegated to the Belgium Ministry of Health and Environment. He was responsible for developing a national comparable data warehouse for nursing, introducing qualitative indicators within the hospital financing system, and providing data for the political decision-making process. In 2002, Paul De Raeve was appointed as General Secretary of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) and in 2015 EFN members asked him to establish and develop the European Nursing Research Foundation (ENRF). EFN EU lobby activities relate to the promotion and protection of nurses and the nursing profession with particular reference to the EU political agenda, especially the European Social Pillar priorities, including the digitalization of the health and social care ecosystem. Working towards this mission includes ensuring that nursing is central in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the European Health and Social Policy in the field of education, workforce, and quality and safety.

Barbara Glickstein, MS, MPH, RN

@BGlickstein

Barbara Glickstein is a public health nurse, health reporter, and media strategist. She is Principal of Barbara Glickstein Strategies, a training company in strategic communication and media training. Glickstein produces HealthCetera, a podcast that provides evidence-based health news, analysis, and commentary. She is a strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions on feature-length documentaries The American Nurse and Defining Hope and In Case of Emergency. Barbara has trained national leaders in healthcare on how to be a media maker in both traditional and digital media to advance the health of the public and public policy. Glickstein serves on the Board of Project Kesher, a global Jewish feminist women’s advocacy organization.

Shailadi Gupta

@shailadiR

Shailadi Gupta is a nurse entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Kindshell India and Canada. As a nurse educator, career designer and mentor for foreign-trained nurses over the past 14 years, she has helped navigate more than three thousand nurses boost careers and accelerate the passion for nursing. After the success of Kindshell in Canada, Shailadi has now decided to take this global and is aiming to meet the demand of nursing shortage by training nurses at an international level in India. The vision is to improve accessibility for all global nurses that will assist them to attain innovative education providing them with meaningful prospects for excellent leadership in health care settings so that they can offer quality health services around the world. A profound nursing shortage exists in India and worldwide, and Shailadi wants to connect the nursing borders for better health for all. Upskill for a better future is the key.

Josiah Jackson-Okesola

@jayjayprof

Josiah Jackson-Okesola  is an African multi-award-winning nurse innovator, outstanding global nursing advocate, mental health guru, and digital media strategist passionate about elevating the nursing profession and raising the profile and status of nurses around the globe.

In recognition of his contribution in the field of nursing advocacy and leadership, he earned his first international award in 2013 from the highest global nursing body, the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland.

He is a member, Founder, Board, Inspire Nurses Network Africa, Founder/Lead Innovator, Nurses on Air , and a member of the Advisory Panel for America’s foremost media advocacy organization, ‘The truth About Nursing’ U.S.A. 

Josiah Jackson-Okesola is the lead innovator at The African Nurse Network, a continental network of over 15,000 African Nurses from across 10 African countries and 5 continents.

From his base in the United Kingdom, he is currently working with some of Africa’s most innovative nurses on re-shaping the future of African nursing in the field of healthcare, nursing innovation, and global healthcare leadership.

Dr. Jalil Johnson, PhD, NP, FIEL

@JalilJohnson78

Justin Kelly, MHI, BSN, RN, CCRN, RHIA

@JukeICURN

Justin Kelly attended Ohio State University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Medical Professions – Health Information Management and Systems. He also attended the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In May of 2020, Justin graduated with a master’s in Healthcare Innovation. He is an innovative nursing leader with 10 years of experience in delivering expert oncology nursing care that aims to improve the patient experience and transform the bedside nursing profession. Justin has spent most of his career seeking professional development opportunities that illustrate to everyone that nurses, in any role, can do just about anything.

As a current intensive care unit nurse, Justin continuously strives to be an advocate for the patients and families he provides care for, as well as for himself and his colleagues. In addition to working in the ICU, Justin serves as the James Nursing Leadership Council Co-Chair, the James Nursing Innovation and Research Council Co-Chair, and is a 2021 Fellow for Nursing – Government Affairs and Advocacy. In 2022, he will become a member of the ANA Innovation Business, Entrepreneurship, and Intrapraneurship Committee. In his spare time, Justin enjoys biking along the Olentangy River and spending time with his family.

 

Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA

@marionleary

Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation. Ms. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee and a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL). She is a host of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing podcast, Amplify Nursing, and a contributor to the American Nurses Association’s official journal, the American Nurse as part of the My Nurse Influencer’s column. In August 2019 she was named as an Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.

Joshua Littlejohn, MPH, MSN, RN, CSPO

@JLittlejohn_RN

Joshua leverages over 10+ years of experience across different healthcare ecosystems to create products and experiences that bring value to patients, providers, and communities. He has a particular passion for products that not only keep us healthy but foster better connections between people.

Cara Lunsford, RN

A Registered Nurse and Healthcare Technology Innovator who created the HOLLIBLU community and technology for nurses. At HOLLIBLU, we have created a new paradigm in social media. We know what it means to build community and how it plays a role in retention and employee engagement. Our HOLLIBLU 2.0 was laser-focused on what nurses need in order to THRIVE. On the HOLLIBLU app Nurses can create a profile that truly speaks to who they are as a nurse and, because we are multifaceted people, share their personal and professional interests and goals. Our nurse community can post blogs, join groups, chat in forums, create events and find nearby nurse-to-nurse connections.

Dr. Rana Abdel Malak, PhD, CGNC, NEA-BC, FAAPM

@AbdelmalakRana

Consultant, a seasoned professional trainer and educator Dr. Rana Abdel Malak is based in Beirut, Lebanon and works on projects all around the word. She earned her PhD in 2016 from the University of Texas, USA. Her research focus is clinical leadership and followership in professional nursing. She has a long standing experience in acute care practice, executive leadership, and consulting. She is currently practicing as a healthcare consultant, academic faculty member, professional trainer, and as the first international appraiser with the American Nurse Credentialing Center – The credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association.

Dr. Abdel Malak is dually certified by the American Board as nurse executive advanced level and certified as a Global Nurse Consultant by the International Council of Nurses; a recipient of many awards namely the Buie Presidential Scholarship for Doctoral Studies and featured as speakers in many national, regional, and international professional venues. Has extensive operational experience in the implementation of international designations and accreditation for excellence in the Middle East such as Magnet and Planetree Designation, and JCIA, ANCC accreditation. She is also actively involved in research projects examining person centered care concepts in nursing including engagement, emotional intelligence, quality of relationships at the point of care, emotional exhaustion during COVID-19, and Bed side intershift report implementation.

Rhonda Manns, MBA, BSN, RN, FIEL

@realrhondamanns

Connect with Rhonda on LinkedIn.

Recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Leaders in Nursing, Rhonda Manns is an RN who reaches the nation’s most vulnerable populations by bridging the gap between clinical care delivery and software development teams. She serves on the SONSIEL Board of Directors for Nursing Innovation and joyfully brings awareness of the value of nurses in non-traditional spaces.

Johan Mullern-Aspegren

@johan_mul_asp

A little less conversation, a little more action. Please 🙂

Dr Sylvain Brousseau, Ph.D., RN, FRSCI, MSN

@Inf45

Dr. Sylvain Brousseau holds a diploma in nursing from André Laurendeau College, a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Ottawa, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in nursing sciences with an option in administration from Université de Montréal. He is currently an associate professor in nursing sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais at Saint-Jérôme campus. Sylvain’s research focuses on the humanistic perspective of the quality of work life among nurses and nurse managers inspired by Watson’s Caring Science. From his research, he developed a Humanistic Quality of Working life model and more recently, a new Political caring Literacy Model. Dr Brousseau is advocating in order to developed a national policy on the organizational humanization of health services and the integration of political competencies into the nursing profession. He is recognized for his commitment and expertise in nursing governance and policies in Québec.  In 2014, Dr Brousseau co-founded and chaired the Groupe of Future of Nursing profession in Québec and cocreate in 2017, the Quebec Nurses Association. He has also served 2 years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nurses Association. In June of 2020, he was appointed President-Elect of as a Board of directors the Canadian Nurses Association.  He is also currently serving on the academic board of directors of the Assembly of Governors of the University du Québec (2019-2022). His commitment and professional nursing associations show that over the years, he has developed a specific knowledge in nursing governance, sociopolitical issues in nursing and healthcare as well as in nursing education and management. On December 8th, the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland conferred him a fellowship Ad Eundem.  Finally, Dr Brousseau has always been a strong advocate for the nursing profession in Québec and Canada.

Peter Preziosi

@PeterPreziosi

Peter Preziosi leads quality, standards development and credentialing for a newly forming World Health Organization (WHO) global learning academy. Dr. Preziosi is responsible for the development of the Academy’s Quality Management Framework and Learning Recognition and Credentialing System as part of a 60-member international team. The goal is to upskill 10 million individuals worldwide by 2023 by revolutionizing lifelong learning and create learner-centric interoperable achievement records to better protect people from health emergencies and improve access to primary health care services. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Preziosi served in executive leadership and global healthcare strategy roles for CGFNS International, Verizon Communications, Inc., and Concentrix Corp. Dr. Preziosi was responsible for thought leadership, strategic innovation, sourcing and securing strategic collaborative partnerships, business development and go-to-market direction on solutions and offerings.

Dr. Preziosi has worked for over 20 years on healthcare reform and in building public/private partnerships in various national and international organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National League for Nursing, and the AMDEC Foundation, a New York-based biomedical research consortium. He also worked for the City of New York’s Health & Hospital Corporation and directed the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care. Dr. Preziosi holds a PhD and MGA in Health Policy and Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, a MEd from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of SONSIEL, a society of nurse scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives where he is a Certified Association Executive.

Marcia Proto

@ctleaguenursing

Marcia enjoys a successful career as an entrepreneur while working full-time in State & National Association leadership, nurse education, healthcare fundraising, and statewide coalition building.

She is currently the Executive Director for the Connecticut League for Nursing and the Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce; as well as, owner of Marcia Proto Consulting, LLC. Her life’s work has involved connecting people through education and skills training toward fulfilling career paths, particularly in the healthcare field. She has held management positions at The Connecticut Hospital Association, Junior Achievement of South-East CT, Flath & Associates Consulting, and The National League for Nursing (NLN).

She has spent the past 15 years ensuring that the nursing workforce will meet the nation’s growing healthcare needs by contributing to and engaging in state and national task force activities such as the Center to Champion Nursing in America a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with AARP, and a Member of the National FORUM of State Nursing Workforce Centers. Marcia has also led various volunteer initiatives and garnered numerous honors and awards.

Pamela Ressler

@pamressler

Consultant, speaker, educator, and author on stress resiliency, connection, communication and social media in healthcare, education, and business environments. Through my company, Stress Resources, LLC, I provide individual, as well as corporate consulting and training focusing on building resilience, engagement, communication, and connection.

Kelley Rieger, MSN, PNP

@KelleyRieger

Etti Rosenberg

@etirose

Etti Rosenberg is a nurse practitioner in policy and management at Clalit Health Organization the largest in Israel and head of the policy department for 14,000 nurses in 14 hospitals and 2500 community clinics. She  studied Nursing  at the Tel Aviv university Dina school of nursing Peach Tikvah and graduated as MA in 2004 from Clark University. She then worked as the nurse executive for Belinson hospital followed by heading the Tel Aviv community district. She is the admin for the   nursing social media for Clalit and for the Israel ethics committee. she is the only Israeli Nurse featured in the WHO / WIGH/ICN/Nursing  Now   outstanding women nurses 2020.

Dr. Michelle Schmerge

@michelleschmerg

Michelle Schmerge is a doctorally prepared nurse who has spent over 15 years working to improve care for older adults. Dr. Schmerge is the CEO and Co-founder of Remote Health. Remote Health aims to give consumers access to high-quality, nurse-led team-based healthcare whenever and wherever they need it most. Additionally, Dr. Schmerge is a practicing adult nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in the care of an aging population in the home setting. Prior to founding the company, Michelle served as Vice President of Population Health and Care Transformation for Advanced Home Care, overseeing clinical quality, the development of strategic networks, and care model redesign. She has also served as the Director of Post-Acute Care for Novant Health and started an independent medical clinic in Charlotte, NC.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University and holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Yale University. Dr. Schmerge was named a 2019 Great 100 Nurse in the state of North Carolina and was the Joanne S. Stevens Political/Legislative Nurse of the Year for 2016. Michelle regularly volunteers with the North Carolina Nurses Association, advocating for the advancement of nursing. Michelle, her husband, and two children live in Denver, NC where they enjoy the lake with family and friends.

Bongi Sibanda, RN, ANP, FHEA, FIEL

@Bongicr

The bedside to boardroom Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Consultant Level Practice with expert knowledge of health education systems, governance and workforce planning/development.

An ‘exceptionally gifted’ innovative practice-focused scholar recognised internationally for work in advanced practice leadership and Interprofessional Education/Collaborative Practice (IPECP).

Doctoral level studies: Educational Leadership & Health Policy

Key Advanced Practice work at global level:

*Contributed towards International Council of Nurses (2021) Nurse Prescribing Guidelines – Preliminary review

*In 2018, led the Anglophone Africa APN Coalition Project supported by a number of high-level international APN Stakeholders resulting in the submission of the Africa APN Policy Proposal to WHO-AFRO. This work was incorporated into International Council of Nurses APN Guidelines in 2020. I coordinated a highly successful Inaugural Africa APN Educational Leadership Symposium in 2020.

*Between 2018 and 2019, contributed towards three key international documents/guidelines launched in 2020
• The State of the World’s Nursing Report (WHO).
• IND2020 Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health (International Council of Nurses).
• Advanced Practice Nursing APN Guidelines (International Council of Nurses).

*Served as a member of the International Council of Nurses -ICN APN Network Core Steering Group (Education Subgroup liaison) and as Co-Chair for the Network’s Practice subgroup. Nominated to the Network’s Alumni Group for making significant contribution to its work and towards the development of APN.

*In 2018, selected as one of the four APN International Ambassadors by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

*A founding member – Society for Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL).

*Inducted Nurse Leader – Sigma Theta Tau International (Phi Mu Chapter) in 2018.

OSCE Examiner: MBBS, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Physician Associate Programmes

Veronica Southerland, FN-P

@VeetheNP

A tenured healthcare entrepreneur, Veronica Smith Southerland, also known as Vee The NP, has dedicated her career to raising up the next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs. She has watched businesses grow, fail, and grow again. Her mission is to empower and embolden healthcare professionals to think outside of their 12, 14, and 16- hour shifts and into fulfilling their professional calling of serving others as well as their personal desire to be financially independent and emotionally secure. Vee creates space and opportunities for minorities in healthcare. It’s with the vision, she can serve both the healthcare provider and patient. Vee The NP opens minds to the seemingly impossible and teaches how to make the opportunity you want possible, profitable, and powerful.

Amy Rose Taylor

@DNPStudent

Pramila Thapa

For four years, I worked as a registrar for Purbanchal University, which was appointed by the Rt. Hon’ble Chancellor of Purbanchal University and the Rt Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal, and I also worked as a Founder Principal/Deputy Dean in the medical faculty at Purbanchal University, as well as a Founder Campus Chief and Managing Director in Yeti Health Sciences. I also served on the executive board of the Nepal Nursing Council and worked as a campus chief and program coordinator at Hope International College. I was also the founder project director at Green City Hospital Kathmandu, Nepal.

Agnes Therady, PhD, MBA, MSN, FACHE, NEA-BC, RN 

Senior Vice-President & System Chief Nursing Officer, Franciscan Health, Indiana

@AgnesTherady

Agnes has been with Franciscan Health for four years providing executive leadership inpatient care services in acute care and in post-acute services for over a year. In her current position as a senior vice-president and the system chief nursing officer for the 12-hospital system situated in Indiana and Illinois, Agnes serves on the senior leadership team. Her primary goal is to ensure the provision of the highest quality multi-disciplinary patient and family-centered care for patients who seek care at any facility or clinic in the system.

Prior to working at Franciscan Health, Agnes has held executive positions at the Cook County Health and Hospital system and two Veterans Administration Medical Centers health care systems during the past 10 years. She has led strategic initiatives to promote the unique responsibility of nurses for compassionate patient care while continuously elevating the professional practice of nursing. Presently she has expanded her focus to include the health and well-being of caregivers by leading the system’s strategic goal for promoting “Joy at Work” and positive employee experience.

Agnes is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an American Nurses Credentialing Center’s board-certified Advanced Nurse Executive. She received her Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from L.T College of Nursing at SNDT University, India, an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in Illinois. She has presented at international, national, and regional conferences on subjects ranging from patient safety, cultural transformation in healthcare, leadership and organization development, infection prevention, mental health, staff development, and patient experience. She currently serves on the Nursing Advisory Committee of the Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Center for Nursing.

Agnes’s personal credo is “Creating lasting value for patients by adding value to caregivers and the caregiving process.”

Dr. Nicole Thomas

@nicolethomasinc

Dr. Nicole Thomas made it her life’s mission to utilize her clinical knowledge and expertise to positively impact the lives of all receipts of the healthcare system. She is the founder and principal consultant of Impact Nurse Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm that provides innovative and quality-based solutions that lead to high-quality patient health outcomes for healthcare organizations globally.

She has led in her roles as a nurse-leader, associate director, and educator for various fortune 500 companies in the area of medical & clinical operations. In addition, Dr. Thomas led a fortune 7 managed care organization in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical programs during the transition of Louisiana Medicaid to a managed care system which resulted in an 87% increase in patient health outcomes & an annual $3.2 cost-savings. During her tenure as the associate director for medical & clinical operations, Dr. Thomas consistently maintained a 98% success rate on her ability to lead a successful team of healthcare professionals in the areas of productivity, education, motivation, and empowerment which has afforded her the opportunity to be the recipient of the Super Hero award, a prestigious award in which over 1,500 were nominated but only 125 were selected.

She is also the author of the best-selling book “In Health On Purpose: Awakening Your True Calling In The Healthcare Profession” which was #6 in the professional development category on Amazon.

Dr. Jasper Tolarba, Ed.D.(c), DNP, MSN, M.Ed., RN

@jaspertolarba

Dr. Jasper Tolarba is a global nurse leader and education expert with more than 25 years of varied experience in the fields of nursing leadership, management, and international nursing education. He is an inaugural graduate of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a specialization in Systems Policy, Executive Leadership, and Management at Yale University, Connecticut, USA, and completing a second doctorate (EdD in Nursing Education) at Teachers College Columbia University, New York, USA. He is a Fulbright Research Scholar alumnus awarded in 2019-2020 by the US Fulbright Commission.

Jennifer Wallace MSN, RN, CNE

@jenwallacern

Jen is currently an Assistant Professor at Lawrence Memorial Regis College School of Nursing. She obtained her BSN at Fitchburg State University and MSN with a focus in Acute Care Pediatric Nursing at Boston College. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020. She has held certification as a Certified Nurse Educator since 2020. Jen was the recipient of the 2019 Massachusetts /Rhode Island National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Scholarship and is excited to have been appointed to the Board of Directors beginning January 2022.

Her specialty is maternal-newborn health nursing and she has extensive clinical experience in inpatient and community settings such as newborn intensive care, postpartum, well-baby, and special care nursery, home care, and a community-based wellness center. 

She participated in a fellowship program with SONSIEL, the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders, where she has furthered her interest in transformative change in Nursing Education. Along with other SONSIEL members, Jen contributed to the book, The Rebel Nurse Handbook – Inspirational Stories by Shift Disruptors released in March 2020. Jen has participated in multiple virtual NurseHack4Health events taking on the role of a team member, pitch coach, and track lead support. 

Jen has a passion for teaching and learning with a focus on strategies, such as universal design for learning, that make content in the classroom and clinical setting accessible to and inclusive of all learners. She’s excited to share her knowledge and expertise while learning alongside her students and nurse faculty colleagues. 

Robert Wingo, BSN, RN-BC

@In4maticsNurse

Connect with Robert on LinkedIn.

Robert is a board-certified informatics nurse with 25 years of experience in nursing informatics. For the past 23 years, his focus has been on nurse staffing and scheduling, nursing budgets, and nursing productivity. He developed a passion for using data to better understand and improve nursing care delivery during this time. Robert has recently uncovered a long-standing, flawed nursing budget process that increases a facility’s risk of understaffing. He has newly formed Perceptive Staffing Innovations, LLC, to provide consultation and education services to empower healthcare facilities to create safe and effective schedules by leveraging staffing, scheduling, productivity, and financial data to understand their staffing capacity better. Robert has also recently launched The Nursing Informatics Blog at informaticsnurse.com, where he covers topics of interest to nursing informatics professionals.

Olga Kagan, PhD, RN

@olga_kagan

Olga Kagan, PhD, RN, a registered nurse over 25 years, founded a healthcare consulting firm, a Food Allergy Nursing Interest Professional Group (FANI) on LinkedIn and co-founded Collaborative Healthcare Innovation, Research & Problem Solving group. Dr. Kagan has been contributing to textbooks, articles and presentations in areas of nursing informatics and innovation, health policy, and anaphylaxis education. She was recognized for her work with elected officials on legislative initiatives in improving the health and welfare of vulnerable individuals, and received several awards for her contributions to research and leadership. Dr. Kagan serves as an associate editor for a peer-reviewed nursing journal, as an elected board member of the HIMSS NYS chapter, as elected representative on the CUNY SPS Governing Council; and as an advisory board for Molloy College Center for Research and Evaluation. Dr. Kagan, a fellow at the NYAM, is also an active member at SONSIEL, AAAAI, & ENRS.  

Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN

@Montalvo501

Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN is an innovative nurse leader and a keen collaborator who has a successful track record serving as an ally and public health advocate.  She has worked in health centers, primary care associations, philanthropy and academia helping to bring diverse perspectives and expertise to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Clinical Affairs Department as a Senior Fellow, Public Health Integration, and Innovation.  Dr. Montalvo has led multiple national projects to advance research and clinical programs aimed at reducing disparities, advancing equity and inclusion to improve health outcomes of all people.   She serves as adjunct faculty for the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  She believes trusted healthcare professionals play an important role in combating mis/disinformation by leveraging social media to help reduce harm and protect our communities, especially in multi-lingual communities of color.

Gifty Boateng, RN

@GiftyEmPowers

 

Kelly Ayala, DNP, APRN, RN

@kellyNPcreative

Kelly is a doctorally prepared primary care nurse practitioner currently practicing as a hospitalist. She is a learn-it-all and healthcare nerd who is attempting to solve big issues that patients face in using nurse created and inspired solutions. She has attended/mentored in at least five hackathons and loves engaging with nurses across the globe working to improve care, and  amplify the work of other nurses. 

Hiyam M. Nadel MBA, RN

@hiyamnadel

Hiyam M. Nadel MBA, RN is the Director of the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In this role, she is both a mentor and “incubator” of ideas for front-line care-givers conceiving an idea, to prototyping and beyond. She is currently an inaugural Johnson and Johnson Innovation Fellow.

Prior to accepting this position, Hiyam played an essential role in re-opening the MGH Obstetrics Department after a 40-year hiatus. Along with the re-opening of the Obstetrics division, came the opportunity to implement a different nurse-care model and a “Medical Home” for Obstetrics. In addition, she has been instrumental in designing IT programs such as the “Ambulatory Patient Tracking System” and co-authored the design of the “OB EMR”, an electronic medical record, subsequently sold to Hewitt Packard.

She was selected as Innovation Learning Network Changemaker, a distinction recognizing leaders who are trying to bring impactful change to their organization. She believes that Hackathon’s provide innovative grounds for new ideas and is actively involved in the Microsoft/Johnson & Johnson/SONSIEL NurseHack4Health hackathon.

The most recent award she has received is the 2020 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award from the Commonwealth Institute. This award recognizes 10 remarkable women in Massachusetts who are emerging and inspiring leaders pioneering advances across health care and who demonstrate collaboration, mentor others and encourage diversity. Most recently, Hiyam has co-authored a book: The Rebel Nurse Handbook: Inspirational Stories by Shift Disrupters and spoke on several podcasts.

She earned a nursing degree from Northeastern University, clinical genetics certificate from Brandeis University and an MBA from Babson College with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a  founder and board member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL).

 

Michelle Hockman, MS, BSN, RN

@hockmangirls

Senior Clinical Quality and Education Nurse at IntelyCare, working to develop solutions to support our nursing team, and improve the level of service we provide to our clients. This pandemic has created unprecedented issues, and situations, which are creating lasting psychological and physical effects. As a nurse leaders and educators, we need to find a way to drive change and help our colleagues on the front-lines.

 

Lynn Barry, MSN, RN

@LynnBarryRN

Innovative, results-oriented nursing leader committed to improving health outcomes and health equity. Strong advocate for both patients and nurses. Skilled in applying Lean methodologies for continuous process improvement to deliver coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective, value-based care. Experience spans a wide range of health care settings from teaching hospitals to independent ambulatory practices and corporate partnerships. Excels in developing collaborative cross team relationships to reduce risk and meet quality and financial goals.

 

Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C

@CaulfieldRn

Co-Founder and Chief Nursing Officer at @IntelyCare. He’s an award-winning Nurse Innovator & Entrepreneur who builds user-friendly technology to combat the nursing shortage.

Nico Gennaro Sciasci, MS

@nikosciascia

Nicholas (Nico) Gennaro Sciasci is a subject matter expert in the field of nurse migration/mobility and human resources in health, currently serving in the capacity as Senior Director of Clinical Operations at IntelyCare. Previously, Nico served as Programme Manager of the International Centre on Nurse Migration, a partnership organization between CGFNS International and the International Council of Nurses (ICN), managing the Centre’s daily operations. In his role, he also developed a wide range of publications related to the nursing workforce, including the re-qualification of refugee healthcare professionals, while contributing as a thought leader to the World Health Organization (WHO) and various United Nations (UN) agencies.

Nico earned a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in global health and development from Northeastern University in 2018, and was previously enrolled in the first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing in English language program at the Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo, in Palermo, Italy until the onset of the pandemic. 

Rachel West, MSN, MHA, RN

 
Director of Education at IntelyCare. Passionate nurse educator committed to disrupting the rigid legacy thinking for nursing education. Working tirelessly to promote professional and personal development for front line healthcare workers. 

Kashina Whitmore, LPN

@WhitmoreKashina

Currently works as a Quality Assurance Education Nurse for IntelyCare, since October 2020 and attending Hondros College of Nursing LPN to RN program.

Over 17 years working as an LPN in a variety of settings including but not limited to a Rehabilitation Nurse specializing with SCI and TBI patients for Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Cincinnati Ohio, Patient-centered medical home Care Coordinator@ Trihealth in Anderson Ohio; Unit Manager/ Medical Records Coordinator for Trilogy skilled nursing facility, Care coordinator at Clyo Internal Medicine in Centerville, Ohio; Post-partum Nurse @Miami Valley Hospital, and Staff nurse at Kindred LTAC, in Dayton, Ohio.

“I believe in delivering quality and compassionate care while educating and empowering!”

#NursingStudent #LPNtoRN

 
 

 

James Brown, BSN, RN

 
James is a Registered Nurse that has worked in a variety of different settings such as long term care, post acute care, neuro-surgical units with tele, operating room, US military, and currently hold the position of Quality Assurance and Education Nurse with IntelyCare. Assisting nurses and nursing assistants with the proper education is of the upmost importance to provide quality and safe care.

Antra Boyd BSN, MSN, iRNPA

@RNegadepro

Antra is grounded (unf@ckwithable), sensitive (her pretty blue eyes start pissing rain if you do something nice for her, or show her a TikTok of a baby cow), and a champion for the vulnerable. YET! She’s a TOTAL “Rockstar”(confirmed by a personality test.) Like, when she walks into a room people look up from their conversations to gage why they suddenly feel lighter. Even before she put on the kick-ass costume of her professional resume: Navy veteran, 20-year clinical nursing experience in the OR, and wickedly talented entrepreneur in the private patient advocacy space; Antra’s life story – with the fertilizer of challenges and triumphs – has cultivated her unique way of seeing the world. “The status quo is a snoozefest. What puts a fire under my ass is shaking shit up (like continuing education), a nice glass of red wine, and hanging out with my tribe of trouble-makers.” Antra is truly a RNegade. [You are welcome, but heed this WARNING: boxes, knowns, ‘shoulds’, ‘ought-tos’, and boundaries will be blown-up.Hang out with Antra (RNegade), you will not only be entertained, educated, and inspired… you may snort-laugh too. And you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.] 

Karen Dimarco BSN, iRNPA

@RNegadepro

Karen DiMarco is a bit of a wild card. She believes that authenticity serves as the laxative for connection, communication, and inspiration. She writes her bio in the 3rd person like a normal arsehole, but she’ll tell you about it (see what she did there?) Curiosity is her superpower, and creativity is the machete she uses to cut through the antiquated bullschizzle of how the world says things ‘ought to be.’ When she can’t think of a word to say precisely what she means, she’ll make one up: Memorgasm – the feeling/sound that is made when one suddenly remembers the name of a person/song/ or “what did I come in this room for again?” Since this slashie mouthful doesn’t quite cover the CV: “R.N./transformational coach/published health researcher & educator/foul-mouthed humorist, past ciritcal care/ER/flight nurse,” she goes by ‘RNegade.’ Although Karen is a girl with a dragon tattoo, she’s really quite kind. The thing that makes her leap out of bed in the morning like some deranged fairy godmother whose wings were crumpled by too many My Pillows, is helping others to achieve their greatest level of health, happiness, and human potential…preferably with lots of snort-laughing along the way.

Janiene Morris, RN, WCC

Janiene Morris is currently the Assistant Director of Nursing at IntelyCare. With over 15 years nursing experience in LTAC, psych, pediatrics, and home health and community nursing, Janiene leads the clinical quality department’s team of compliance wizards.

Anye Biame Meh, RN

Anye Biame Meh is an alumnus of Kentucky State University and has been a registered nurse since 2007. Anye has extensive experience in long-term care, acute care and rehabilitation settings. He joined the IntelyCare family as a Quality Assurance and Education Nurse in September 2021. 

Eveline Vieira, CNA

@EvelineVieira9

Eveline Vieira is a CNA who utilizes her clinical experience to assist our healthcare professional throughout their lifecycle with IntelyCare as a Client Success Manger. Being able to relate to our IntelyPro is one of her biggest strengths. She is a recent college graduate and had to juggle between school and working in the healthcare setting for four years. This is the reality of a lot of our CNAs, LPNs, and even RNs pursuing higher education.

Eveline is also an immigrant who moved to this country to seek better opportunities and enjoys interacting with many of our IntelyPros who share the same background.

Andrea Jaramillo, BSN, RN

@AndreaJNurse

Andrea Jaramillo is a Hospice nurse, Clinical research nurse,  Nurse consultant, Certified Therapy guide and Nurse Farmer. She is an advocate and activist for immigration rights.  She has worked in healthcare for more than 15 years in a variety of roles and settings ranging from ambulatory care, labor and delivery, cardiac surgery research, Interpreting services, and in the community. 
 
As one of Sonsiel’s Founding members, Andrea is committed to developing the next generation of nurse leaders
locally and around the world, redefining what nursing means and repositioning the nursing profession to lead healthcare into the future.  She was born in Ecuador and currently lives with her husband Pablo in Boston,MA.

Bridget Burke, BSN, RN

@nursewalletRN

Bridget is a pediatric nurse, Head Nurse at NurseWallet, and self proclaimed “hype woman” for healthcare humans across the country. She began her career at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year in, Bridget felt the downward pressure of healthcare, nurse burn out, and personal financial strain. This was when she committed herself to being an innovative advocate for the next generation of nurses – as she identifies as part of it. She joined NurseWallet to build the first financial system designed specifically to empower nurses, and bridge the unfair knowledge gap between nurses and finance. She is guided by the belief that the return on investment for investing in supporting nurses in their financial well-being, is creating a functioning nursing workforce. In addition to building NurseWallet, Bridget works nights working as an RN in inpatient pediatrics.

David I. Mancini, BSN, RN

@NurseMancini

David I. Mancini is a traveling nurse, educator, and author. With many years of experience in Emergency Medicine as a Critical Care Paramedic and as an ER nurse, he has a passion for positively influencing others. He started teaching and precepting in high school as a lifeguard instructor and has since precepted countless paramedics and nurses, and even owned and operated his own training company. He is currently in a master’s degree program, focusing on nursing administration. David’s goal is to operate a healthcare system in a way which benefits healthcare workers as well as patients and shareholders. When he is not working in the ER or studying, he writes articles for nurses and travels the world with his fiancé (who is also an ER travel nurse). He was recently featured on NPR‘s “All Things Considered,” where he discussed his experiences while working in the pandemic. His personal motto is “boosting knowledge through confidence.”

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