To contribute to an organization that gives individuals hope is exciting to me.”
Rhonda Foster is a gifted nurse and a visionary manager, motivator and leader. She has a three decades-long track record of improving every institution wise enough to employ her.
Raised in Toledo, Ohio, Rhonda began her career as a staff nurse but soon realized that management was her true passion. Within a few years she was Director of Nursing Quality and Education at Toledo's St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where she dramatically revamped staff procedures, enabling the facility to receive accreditation by the independent Joint Commission.
As Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Rhonda's leadership helped earn Magnet Recognition status, which honors healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. She also instituted a nursing residency program and implemented the hospital's first electronic records system.
Most recently, Rhonda served as CNO for St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County. She developed practices that cut emergency room waiting time, reduced the number of patient falls, and even kept everything running smoothly during 5 nursing strikes.
Through it all, Rhonda has always focused on the essence of nursing: The ability to care. “I’m not just an executive,” she says, “I’m still a nurse with a capacity to care. No matter what environment you’re in."