Vision and Mission Statement

Vision: To utilize nurses expertise to empower individuals, families, and communities as valued and full partners in their care

Mission: Right care is promoted in partnership with individuals, families, and communities by:

  1. Encouraging greater teamwork, collaborative efforts, and communication among health professionals, individuals, families, and communities
  2. Highlighting the impact of patient-centered care by advocating for the patient, promoting the value of relationships with the patient and families, and approaching the care of patients from a holistic standpoint
  3. Upholding the integrity and honesty of the nursing profession as the most trusted professional group and largest workforce of health professionals in the United States
  4. Working with all other councils in the RightCare Alliance to provide the unique insight nurses have when advancing right care

Organizing Committee

Karen Cox, RN, PhD, FACHE, FAAN

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

Bio coming soon 

Kathy Day, RN (retired)

Volunteer Patient Safety Advocate, Healthcare Consumer Adviser
Maine Quality Counts; Maine Health Data Organization; Maine Health Management Coalition; Consumers Union Safe Patient Project; Maine CDC HAI Collaborative; Retiree member Maine State Nurses Association/NNU

Why did you join the council?

I joined primarily to bring the Patient’s voice to the conversations and work toward Right Care. I have been an RN for 45 years and I am now retired. I have learned that the least tapped and possibly the most valuable resource in Healthcare is the Patients. When patients become engaged and empowered with knowledge, their healthcare is generally safer and higher quality. Professional caregivers have traditionally learned to do things FOR patients rather that with them. Partnerships between patients and providers/caregivers can result in Right care that is patient centered and high quality, without overuse, misuse or underuse.

Julie Dunne, MS, PMHNP-BC, RN

PhD Student
Boston College William F Connell School of Nursing

Why did you join this council? 

We’re all consumers of healthcare. I joined the council because as both a consumer and a provider, I want to be a responsible and educated user of the healthcare system. Additionally, I believe that nurses have a vital role to play in initiating and perpetuating beneficial changes to the healthcare system. Lastly, in the spirit of holistic and integrated care, I think it is important for mental health professionals to be included in discussions on healthcare reform.

Jane Muir

Nursing Student
University of Virginia

Young Innovator Grant Recipient

Bio coming soon

Steve Rooney, RN

Vice President
AFT Nurses and Health Professionals

Bio coming soon

Cheryl G. Sullivan, MSES

American Academy of Nursing

Bio coming soon 

Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN

Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Bio coming soon 

Meeting Notes

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