Tricia Thomas PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CNL has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, holding various positions across health care settings from staff nurse to nurse executive in practice and academe. Currently she is the Assistant Dean for Practice at Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, she was the VP Clinical Quality, Chief Nursing Officer for Trinity Home Health Services.
Dr. Thomas has consulted, published, and presented in the areas of nursing leadership, nursing professional development, care coordination, shared leadership, care delivery models, trends, quality improvement, safety, and evidence-based practice. Her recent publications address improving outcomes of care, nursing leadership, caring science, and clinical transformation.
Currently the president of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, she has a distinguished record of serving professional nursing organization Boards locally and nationally. She is past chair of the Commission on Nurse Certification. She is a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and serves as a visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.