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Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care

Rahel Naef

Rahel Naef, Professor

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Rahel Naef is a registered nurse and holds a PhD in nursing science from the University of Manchester/UK (2015). After her initial nursing training (Red Cross School of Nursing in Zurich, today under the name «Careum», 1996), she worked as a staff nurse at the University Hospital Zurich (1997-2002).

She then obtained a Bachelor of Science (York University, Toronto, 2004) and a Master’s degree in Nursing (University of Toronto, 2005).

After returning from Canada, she headed the Nursing Practice Development Unit at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (2006-2007).

Between 2008 and 2016, Rahel was a Research Associate at the Institute of Nursing, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur

She then joined the Centre of Clinical Nursing Science at the University Hospital Zurich in 2016 as a Clinical Nurse Scientist. There she initiated a research program focusing on effective delivery of family support interventions and successful uptake of family engagement practices in acute-critical care. In September 2021, she received the Venia Legendi of the Faculty of Medicine for the area of nursing science.

In May 2020, she was appointed Assistant Professor for Implementation Science in Nursing.

Link  to the inaugural lecture on 14 May 2022

Professor Rahel Naef on ORCID


International Journal of Nursing Studies 02/2020:
Translating Family Systems Care into Neonatology Practice: A Mixed Method Study of Practitioners’ Attitudes, Practice Skills and Implementation Experience
Australian Critical Care 11/2021:
Impact of a Nurse-led Family Support Intervention on Family Members' Satisfaction with Intensive Care and Psychological Wellbeing: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation
The Implementation of Evidence-Informed Family Nursing Practices: A Scoping Review of Strategies, Contextual Determinants, and Outcomes
Trials 06/2022:
A Multicomponent Family Support Intervention in Intensive Care Units: Study Protocol for a Multicenter Cluster-randomized Trial (FICUS Trial)
Participatory Development and Implementation of a Dementia Care Pathway with Intervention Bundles in Acute Care during the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Process Evaluation Study
BMC Health Services Research 12/2023:
Tailored implementation of the FICUS multicomponent family support intervention in adult intensive care units: findings from a mixed methods contextual analysis
Journal of Clinical Nursing 01/2024:
Adoption of Evidence-based end-of-life and Bereavement Support to Families in Cancer Care: A Contextual Analysis Study with Health Professionals