Prof. dr. Hester Vermeulen

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Professor of Nursing Science

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Hester Vermeulen is a nurse and a clinical epidemiologist. Prior to working at IQ healthcare, she worked at both the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences as lector Evidence Based Perioperative Care.

She received her doctorate with her thesis 'Evidence-based improvements in postoperative care: on the cutting edge between nursing and medicine' at the faculty of medicine of the University of Amsterdam.

Excellence in Nursing The focus of her research has always been on finding a good basis for frequently occurring nursing performances. In doing so, the quality and the safety of care as well as nurses’ professionalism will increase. In this way outcomes are measured on both patient level (care-sensitive outcome measures such as infection, ability to cope, medication errors), team level (work satisfaction, professionalism) and organisational level (costs and quality).

Research and Evidence Based Practice/ Evidence Based Quality Improvement  Hester has also become well-known in the Netherlands because she raised the matter of so-called ‘rituals in healthcare’, while also implementing the Evidence Based body of thought with nurses. She is chair of the board Guidelines of the V&VN (Associaton of Nurses and Carers), member of the scientific advisory body of the National Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland), member of the Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal for Evidence Based Practice.