Rhonda Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Foster has executive leadership experience and was most recently chief nursing officer for St. Joseph Health Sonoma County. Foster’s prior experience includes leading the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to achieve its Magnet designation in 2008. Over the course of her 30-year tenure in health care, Foster has held numerous nursing, teaching and hospital administrative positions that provided her with the wealth of knowledge that she brings to the Nursing Knowledge Center.
Margarita Baggett, MSN, RN
Margarita Baggett is the chief clinical officer (CCO) for UC San Diego Health System. In this role she serves as a key member of the hospitals’ senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all functions of Nursing Services, Pharmacy Services, Care Coordination, and Volunteer Services. She played a key role in leading the organization to attain ANCC Magnet Recognition® Status in December 2011. Margarita and her team transformed their practice environment by supporting and promoting the role of the professional nurse, using the Magnet® Model as a framework. She is a highly accomplished nursing leader with extensive experience in quality management, service excellence, patient throughput, staff recruitment and retention, and regulatory affairs. Previously, Margarita served for 27 years in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Healthcare System in Manhasset, New York. During that time she held many roles including deputy executive director, nurse executive, and associate executive director for Patient Care Services and Care Coordination. She also led North Shore University Hospital to Magnet Recognition® in 2001.