Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN
Vocera Communications, Inc.
Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, began her nursing career more than 30 years ago in Labor and Delivery, caring for high-risk mothers and their babies. After 10 years in direct care for patients, she assumed leadership positions in several hospitals across Texas. She was Vice President for Women and Children’s Services at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas when she made the decision to enter the healthcare business industry as a clinical subject matter expert.
In 2003, Dr. Collins joined Cardinal Health/ALARIS Medical Systems, where she held several executive positions. For nearly 10 years, she managed and supported business development and client relations focused on medication safety for the Clinical Technology and Services business unit, known as CareFusion.
After her tenure at CareFusion, Dr. Collins became the Vice President of Nursing at Masimo Corporation in Irvine California, and then Vice President and Business Manager for Fresenius Kabi, USA, LLC in Schaumburg, Illinois, where she managed a medical device through FDA clearance and launched it in the U.S. market.
In 2012, Dr. Collins co-founded The American Nurse Project dedicated to telling the stories of nurses all across the country. Since 2014, Dr. Collins has served as the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Vocera Communications, Inc., a leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions that improve care team collaboration, and the patient, family and staff experience.
Dr. Collins was named a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. She was also recognized as a Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal and one of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management. In 2018 and 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review included Dr. Collin’s on its “Woman in MedTech to Know” and “Female Healthcare IT Leaders to Know” lists.
Dr. Collins 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 frequent speaker on the evolving role of nurses, the importance of communication, and how to use technology to improve care team collaboration.