Chief Nursing Officer, County of San Diego
Dr. Foster brings with her a wealth of experience in the art and science of nursing, including 20 years of progressive leadership in two Magnet-recognized organizations. She is experienced in leading in numerous nursing specialties and in a variety of settings. In her current role as Chief Nursing Officer for the County of San Diego, Dr. Foster develops the strategic plan for nursing, and provides direction for enterprise-wide policies and planning for nursing practice in clinical and community-based settings.
Before joining the County, she was the Division Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon and the Director of Emergency Services for Oregon Health and Science University; Manager of the Emergency Department of Sharp Memorial Hospital; Manager of peri-operative and post-operative services at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego; as well as other key nurse education, administration, and clinical roles. She currently serves as the treasurer for the San Diego Chapter of ACNL, the secretary for the Assocairton of Public Health Nursing and the President for the California Directors for Public Health Nursing.
Dr. Foster holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Oregon Health and Science University; a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix; and is a Board-certified Nurse Administrator. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and playing with her grandchildren.