Presented on 28 July 2020
Assistant Professor Dr. rer. medic. Nadja Nestler
Nadja Nestler works at the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice at Paracelsus Medical Private University in Salzburg, Austria. Her research is focused on the care of people with chronic diseases. She is currently a member of the expert working group for the actualization of the German Expert Standard for Pain Management in Nursing for Acute and Chronic Pain and was previously a member of the working group on the development of the European curriculum for nursing pain management. She is also involved with the German Pain Society.
Regina (Rianne) L.M. van Boekel RN, PhD
Regina (Rianne) L.M. van Boekel RN, PhD is a trained nurse, teacher, epidemiologist and researcher who acquired her PhD in Medical Science at the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine. (2017, Radboud University, Netherlands)
She is currently assistant professor at the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine of the Radboud university Medical Center in the Netherlands. Her research is focused on acute postoperative pain management, prediction and assessment of pain. She is an active member of the research department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine of Radboud University Medical Center, and participated in various research projects, aiming to bring research closer to the public society, such as the Radboud research team at Lowlands 2016 and the Great National Research on the Sensitivity of Pain in The Netherlands (2017).
She is also the hospital leader for the theme “Early Recognition and Treatment of Pain”. She supervises and advises about all aspects of pain assessment and treatment in hospitalized patients, such as pain protocols, work instructions, patient education, training programs, reports and quality improvement programs of individual departments. She won several personal scholarships and awards and is member of several (inter)national scientific (advisory) committees.
In addition to clinical work, Rianne initiated the two-year post-graduate program for pain nurse consultant at the HAN University of Applied Sciences. She still coordinates this training and some other courses related to pain and palliative care at the HAN.
Supporting the development of pain nursing consultants, Rianne became the president of the Dutch Association of Pain nurses in 2015, an association that she founded in 2006. In this association, she supervised the establishment of the area of expertise of Pain Nursing, as well as the Pain Nursing domain in the Nurses’ Quality Register. She is also the president of the multidisciplinary Working Group that prepares the new quality indicator Hospital-wide Pain Management for the Healthcare Inspectorate’s Basic set of Quality Indicators of hospitals.
She also served as a board member of the Dutch Pain Society and Pain Alliance in the Netherlands (P.A.I.N.), established since April 2017.
Petra Mandysova was formally trained in Nursing, completing her BSc at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1993), Master of Science at the University of Phoenix, USA (2007) and PhD at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic (2014). In 2018, she became an associate professor in nursing.
She has worked at the Montreal Neurological Hospital / McGill University Health Centre, Canada (1991–2000) and became certified in neurosciences by the Canadian Nurses’ Association. In 2000, she joined an international team of health professionals and supported the effort of a newly opened hospital, the Shaikh Khalifa Medical Centre (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to obtain Canadian accreditation. During her five-year stint at SKMC, she was responsible for developing and implementing nursing and multidisciplinary standards and protocols. In 2006, she moved to the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, and currently works as Vice-Dean for Science, Research, and International Relations. She has presented at nursing conferences and has lectured at universities in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Her current nursing practice and research efforts focus mainly on evidence-based patient assessment, and nurse and patient education, mainly in relation to pain management and neuroscience care. She has translated the Iowa Pain Thermometer-Revised into Czech and promotes its use in the Czech Republic. She has contributed to the development of the European Pain Federation Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Nursing, as one of the members of its Development Team. She has also studied pain-related health literacy and pain assessment in various patient groups.