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 Donna Fitzsimons
Speaker
Donna Fitzsimons
Donna Fitzsimons Donna Fitzsimons

Queens University Belfast, Belfast (Ireland)

Specialities : Acute Nursing Care , Acute Nursing Care, Chronic Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease Chronic, Risk Factors and Prevention

Professor Donna Fitzsimons is currently Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery & Member of Senate in Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a past ESC Board Member (2014-2020) where she led Patient Involvement activities and pioneered the establishment of the ESC Patient Form. She was previously an elected Councillor on the ESC Board 2016-2018 and was Chair of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professionals (2011-2013). As a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee she has lead work on involving patients in Guideline development and review, as well as enhancing nurses' role in Guideline Implementation. Currently she is working on projects with EAPCI, ACNAP and Digital Health. Professor Fitzsimons' leadership demonstrates her commitment to improving the quality of patient experience and care through education and research. Her research interests in Cardiology include prevention, patient engagement and palliative and supportive care.

28 presentations from this speaker

Addressing non-adherence to drug therapy: patient perspective and shared decision making.

Event : ESC Congress 2020

  • Session : Non-adherence to Drug Therapy - The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

How to get patients and their families involved.

Event : ESC Congress 2020

  • Session : Patient Engagement, Person-Centered Care and Personalized Medicine - What Is the Difference?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

What does patient engagement contribute to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease and how can it be effectively achieved?

Event : Webinar 2020

  • Session : ACNAP Webinars 2020
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB), D Foldager (Vordingborg,DK), A Stromberg (Linkoping,SE)

ESC Patient Forum: call on progress to date and plans for the future

Event : ESC Congress 2019

  • Session : Patient involvement: unleashing the potential for true excellence in cardiovascular care
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

EXplore thE Roles of CardIovaScular nurses across Europe - Survey results .

Event : EuroHeartCare 2019

  • Session : EXplore thE Roles of CardIovaScular nurses across Europe - Survey results
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Patient associations in heart failure: current status and perspectives.

Event : Heart Failure 2019

  • Session : Patient and family engagement: compelling need for improvement
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Patient empowerment in the ESC Guidelines.

Event : Acute Cardiovascular Care 2019

  • Session : From guidelines to clinical practice: how to bridge the gap in 2019
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Why patient engagement in guideline development is a must for advancing cardiovascular care.

Event : EuroHeartCare 2019

  • Session : Patient and carer involvement for better cardiovascular care
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Dealing with end of life in the acute setting - Science & evidence

Event : Acute Cardiovascular Care 2018

  • Session : Multi-disciplinary care in acute cardiovascular disease: what have I missed?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Improving methods for patient engagement.

Event : ESC Congress 2018

  • Session : Patient engagement: a new frontier or a road well travelled?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Leveraging the talent of our community: ESC Grants explained.

Event : ESC Congress 2018

  • Session : Support for CV research and researchers - Where is the funding and how to get it.
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

New roles for nurses in cardiology - A peek into the future

Event : ESC Congress 2018

  • Session : Advanced nursing roles within cardiology
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Update on guidelines implementation / Be Guidelines Smart initiative.

Event : EuroHeartCare 2018

  • Session : Improving initial assessment in the cardiac patient
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Novel approaches for addressing adverse lifestyles in patients and their families.

Event : Webinar 2017

  • Session : EAPC Webinars 2017
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB), D Gaita (Timisoara,RO), C Jennings (London,GB)

The cardiovascular polypill, an interesting option for secondary prevention?

Event : Webinar 2017

  • Session : EAPC Webinars 2017
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB), D Gaita (Timisoara,RO), DE Grobbee (Utrecht,NL)

Welcome from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Event : EuroHeartCare 2017

  • Session : Inaugural session
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Expert nursing care of the critically ill patient and family – what’s involved?

Event : Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016

  • Session : Care of the critically ill patients
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Heart team panel live on stage

Event : ESC Congress 2016

  • Session : The heart teams’ role in ICD management throughout the life course: clinical and ethical challenges
  • Speaker : JM Beattie (Birmingham,GB), F Braunschweig (Stockholm,SE), D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB), L Hill (Co.Antrim,GB), E Lambrinou (Limassol,CY), K McDonald (Dublin 4,IE), P Strachan (Hamilton,CA)

Professional decision-making on discussing ICD deactivation.

Event : ESC Congress 2016

  • Session : Heart failure / Left ventricular dysfunction
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

The burden of disease: are we really controlling the risk after the acute event?

Event : ESC Congress 2016

  • Session : Secondary prevention after myocardial infarction: how can we go further?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Guideline implementation;: how to do this in daily practice.

Event : EHRA 2015

  • Session : Guidelines: what is in it for me?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Guidelines Implementation - A multidisciplinary affair!

Event : ESC Congress 2015

  • Session : Guidance on the ESC Guidelines in Nursing Practice
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Guidelines: care to implement.

Event : EuroHeartCare 2015

  • Session : Inaugural session
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Patients' understanding of MI diagnosis: it's not what we say it's the way we say it.

Event : EuroHeartCare 2015

  • Session : A way with words: the importance of communication in cardiovascular care
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Welcome from CCNAP

Event : EuroHeartCare 2015

  • Session : Opening ceremony
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Developing nurses’ role in guideline implementation: CCNAP initiative.

Event : ESC Congress 2014

  • Session : Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines: what’s the nurse’s role?
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

Heart failure and dementia.

Event : ESC Congress 2013

  • Session : Beyond the heart: the challenges of managing multimorbidity
  • Speaker : D Fitzsimons (Belfast,GB)

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