Heather Monaghan has been a Registered Nurse for over 22 years, gaining a First Class Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing Studies in 1995 and a Masters of Science degree in Nursing Practice in 2002. She has practiced in a variety of leadership roles in the UK and the USA bringing the best of both worlds together in Visioning HealthCare (VHC) which she founded in 2007.
Heather is passionate about patient and staff safety. Her experience in safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) dates back to 1995 when she implemented her first program, for which she won an award for its multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach. Also, she has led the development of a falls prevention program that crossed the bridge between primary and secondary care and which included risk identification tools, prevention strategies, and nurse-led clinics.
Heather is an avid writer and as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility is keen to not only ensure that there is a recognized place for healthcare professionals to find published work on SPHM, but to support new writers achieve the excitement and accomplishment of their first publication.
Heather's experience extends well beyond SPHM and for many years she has been involved in delivering workshops on leadership and change management. She is the author of the chapter on Change and Change Agents for the 3rd edition of the NNSDO Core Curriculum for Staff Development and uses much of her experience in this area to help ensure that the SPHM programs she works on become successful and sustainable. She is also the lead author of the book Clinical Nurse Leader: Transforming Practice, Transforming Care and offers a consulting service to assist healthcare facilities with implementing this very exciting role.
Heather remains committed to making sure that all the services offered by VHC are both current and relevant by employing consultants who are highly experienced in their field, and who are still firmly rooted in the day to day working of healthcare.