Rhonda R. Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Rhonda Foster, a principal consultant with Stamp & Chase, is a published and highly sought-after hospital consultant with expertise in driving change, improving quality and organizational efficiency. While serving as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Foster’s collaborative and transformative leadership style led to innovative patient-care programs and the esteemed Magnet® recognition. Dr. Foster is a knowledgeable, supportive guide for her clients as they journey to excellence.


An expert in a variety of healthcare topics, Dr. Foster has been a featured presenter at American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) conferences and seminars. She has traveled the globe conducting lectures and seminars on quality healthcare delivery, hospital administration and leadership. During her tenure as Chief Nursing Officer of the St. Joseph Health System of Sonoma County, Dr. Foster was lauded for her ability to inspire and motivate others toward a common vision and for improving patient experience and throughout.


Dr. Foster helps her clients put theory into practice. Understanding the benefits of technological advances in healthcare administration, Dr. Foster is a catalyst and early-adopter, implementing an electronic medical record system that provided computerized physician order entry, ease in nursing documentation and medication administration. She also created a nurse residency program for new graduate nurses, before it was a widely accepted practice, which reduced turnover by 40 percent.

Dr. Foster’s work can be found in the Journal of Nursing Management, Nursing Management and Oncology Nursing Society Publishing and other leading publications. Dr. Foster has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Toledo, Master of Science from Georgetown University, and a Master in Public Health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University.




  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Board Certified Nurse Executive, Advanced

  • Magnet Recognition - Certificate Holder

  • Fundamentals of Magnet Certificate holder

       Professional Memberships

  • American College of Health Care Executives

  • American Nurses Association

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives

  • National Association of Health Service Executives

  • Sigma Theta Tau International










Dr Rhonda Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Founder / CEO , The Grace Consulting Group




Stamp&Chase Leader Briefing


The Case for Recognizing Nurses

as Health Care’s #1 Stakeholder

Burl E. Stamp, FACHE

President/Founder, Stamp & Chase, Inc.

Rhonda R. Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Principal Consultant, Stamp & Chase, Inc.

Stakeholder theory, which emerged in the mid-1980s, was an important recognition in management philosophy that

the needs of more than just the owners, or shareholders, matter in decision-making and strategy.


This theory had

especially significant application and implications in health care, where so many constituencies can affect – and are

affected by – a provider organization’s success.

This Leader Briefing from Stamp & Chase explores the application of stakeholder theory to health care provider

organizations in light of the move to population health and the need for even higher levels of patient and employee

engagement. While the importance and involvement of multiple constituencies is still relevant, there is compelling research and rationale for moving nurses to the top of a health care provider organization’s stakeholder priority list to improve care effectiveness and efficiency.

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