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.