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Heather M. Monaghan, MHSc. RN

Visioning HealthCare
Sarasota, Florida
Heather Monaghan is President and lead consultant with Visioning HealthCare, a consulting and education company specializing in safe patient handling and creating a culture of safety. She is a founding member and former president of the American Association for Safe Patient Handling & Movement. Heather is Editor-in-chief American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Movement.
Heather is the author of Getting Started/Restarted with Safe Patient Handling & Movement and has written a variety of publications on safe patient handling, as well as culture change.
Heather has 26 years as an RN and 30 years in healthcare. Heather's experience includes roles as a: staff nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, nurse manager, nurse educator, nurse consultant/practitioner (clinically managed a floor of 21 rehabilitation patients), clinical advisor to the CNO, clinical specialist in Geriatrics.

About Me

How many years of experience do you have in your field?
I have 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. I have 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.
How does your service stand out?
I am passionate about patient and staff safety. My experience in safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) dates back to 1995 when I implemented my first program, for which I won an award for its multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach. Also, I have 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.


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Association Position
American Association for Safe Patient Handling & Movement Founding Member
NAHQ Member


School Degree Graduation Year
University of Leeds MHSc 2002
Leeds Metropolitan University BS 1996
Harrogate School of Nursing RN 1989

Contact Information

Visioning HealthCare

5500 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 106
Sarasota, FL 34233