Episode 1. “Lest We Should Forget”

Podcast Description:

Over the years the drive for the implementation of SPHM programs has evolved from its initial aim to reduce the number of injuries to nurses and other healthcare professionals to the impact is has on patient outcomes. As we start to see the explicit integration of SPH, mobility and falls management, it’s important that we don’t forget why we started safe patient handling. This podcast seeks to remind us of the unintentional sacrifices many healthcare professionals have made over the years to make sure their patients are comfortable and well cared for. It reminds us of the fact that behind the data we collect to evaluate our SPHM interventions’, there are people whose injury is so much more than a statistic.

Podcast Guest:

Heather M. Monaghan, MHSc, RN has been a Registered Nurse since January 1990. Having started her career in acute general surgery, Heather made the move into geriatrics and quickly rose through the ranks to become a Ward Sister, a Clinical Nurse Advisor, a Nurse Educator, a Nurse Director, one of the first Nurse Consultants in the UK, and finally a Project Manager for the Chief Nursing officer of a large NHS Trust. After receiving a first class honors degree in Nursing Studies and a Master’s degree in Nursing Practice, Heather became involved in SPHM in the early 1990s. She implemented her first SPHM program in 1993. Since relocating to the US in 2005, Heather has been very involved in SPHM and worked with Audrey Nelson in the re-launch of the VHA SPHM program in 2008. Since then she has worked as an international SPHM consultant, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of SPHM & Falls Management since it began in 2010.

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