Jessica Marian Goodman Casanova

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Jessica Marian Goodman Casanova

(ESP) Spain:  Nurse

Nominee Highlights:

Jessica Marian Goodman Casanova is a nurse and researcher engaged in the development and implementation of telehealth technologies, an area of great need during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. Her research has contributed to the empowerment of older people living with mild dementia and their caregivers over this period, largely through TV-based health and social support interventions and telephone-based support. She believes that nurses must emerge as leaders in enhancing and coordinating technology-based care delivery and support.

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Jessica Marian Goodman Casanova is a young nurse with extensive professional experience as a researcher and transcultural care. She is highly active on social media, where she disseminates the results of her research and works to capture and share the day to day experiences of nurses, patients and caregivers. Casanova also serves as a lecturer during scientific meetings and an ambassador for the next generation of nurses, in addition to being an active member of the Mental Health Nurses Association.

During the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, Casanova and her research team reacted quickly to the outbreak, seeing the need for more informed solutions to issues such as loneliness presented by the virus.

The research they produced proved critical in demonstrating how crucial the leadership of nurses in the area of telehealth technologies is for the delivery of remote healthcare and support during exceptional circumstances. Not only did this provide evidence-based information to countries yet to face lockdowns, allowing them to better protect the health and well-being of their older adults with mild cognitive impairments or dementia, but in the long term will further support the leading role nurses must play in the development and implementation of telehealth technologies.