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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:

Ensuring a sufficiently large and well-prepared RN workforce

Strengthening the leadership skills of RNs and other front-line 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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$49,478.00 May 2014 Grantee Communications Training Spitfire Strategies
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Paul R. Gray, Ph.D., Interim President and Interim Chief Program Officer, Patient Care Program

In addition to his roles as interim president and interim chief program officer for the foundation's Patient Care Program, Paul serves as vice chair of the foundation's Board of Trustees.   Paul …

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…