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Improving patient care and outcomes locally

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Nurses drive change in the way hospitals provide adult acute care.

Registered nurses are not only caregivers, but also scientists, leaders and educators. They are critical to the care we receive and they are at the center of our initiative’s work. Since 2004, the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative has focused on the role of RNs in improving patient care and as a result we’ve been able to drive change in the way hospitals provide adult acute care. We approach our work through four key strategies:

Initiative Overview

Approach and Impact


Ensuring a sufficiently large and well-prepared RN workforce

Strengthening the leadership skills of RNs and other frontline clinicians

Implementing evidence-based practices in the inpatient care setting 

Improving the transition of patients from the hospital 

For the past ten years our efforts have focused on the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento. With the support of our partners, we have measurably improved patient care in more than 80 percent of the adult acute care hospitals in these regions, making care safer. We did this by developing and implementing regional solutions to improving care and strengthening the workforce. 

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Recent Grants

$1,200,000.00 Apr 2015 Developing an Online Community of Transitional Care Implementers Health Research and Educational Trust
$295,978.00 Dec 2014 Spread of Care Transitions Intervention Family Caregiver Protocol University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
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Betty Moore


Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President and Interim Chief Program Officer, Patient Care

Harvey V. Fineberg is the president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and interim chief program officer for its Patient Care Program. He previously held the Presidential Chair for 2014-2015 as …

Marybeth Sharpe, Ph.D., Program Director, Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Marybeth oversees the foundation’s Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative, a $160 million effort within the Patient Care Program to improve hospital patient safety and care transitions in Northern…

Heather Rosett, Program Associate, Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Heather is a program associate for the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative. Before joining the foundation, Heather worked as a student research assistant with the Stanford Emergency Department on a t…

Kate Weiland, Program Officer, Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Kate works to enhance the impact and sustainability of the Nursing Initiative’s programs. Before joining the foundation, Kate was the senior research manager at LanguageMate, a health technology…