editors: Kaiser Foundation school of nursing


Deloras Jones retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2000 after a 37-year career with the organization – a career that began as a student at the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing and ended as the organization’s first system-wide Chief Nurse Executive. Upon her retirement, Kaiser Permanente established The Deloras Jones Nursing Scholarship Fund in recognition of the commitment and contributions she made to nursing education and excellence in nursing practice in the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program and to the profession of nursing.


As Kaiser’s chief executive nurse leader – a position she held for 15 years – Deloras provided strategic and operational leadership for all of nursing in California, both northern and southern regions. She also served as the corporate nurse, supporting the program leadership. Prior to her regional leadership role, she was the chief nursing officer for the San Francisco hospital and founder of the FAMCP Program – an innovative early hospital discharge option for mother and her new born infant.


Deloras has once again returned to Kaiser Permanente, serving as a member of Northern California’s Regional Life Care Planning Council and as President of the Board of Directors of the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing Alumni Association. 


Deloras received her nursing diploma from the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing, Baccalaureate in Nursing from Columbia Union College, and Masters in Nursing from the University of California in San Francisco.


Jim is Executive Director for Professional Practice, Leadership Development and Research for Kaiser Permanente (KP) and the Founding Executive Director of the KP Scholars Academy in Oakland, California (KP NCAL). In his current role, he leads several nationally recognized programs, including the Exemplary Clinical Practice Partnership Award, granted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2018 and a Telly Award in 2017 for a documentary he produced on KP’s 70-Year Legacy of Disruptive Innovation in American Nursing.


Dr. D’Alfonso received his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a focus in executive leadership from the University of San Francisco (USF), where he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the School of Nursing and Health Professions. He is a board-certified nurse executive (NEA-BC), WCSI Certified Caritas Coach®, Master HeartMath Executive Trainer (HMET), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Nursing Academies of Practice (FNAP). Jim has published extensively, including his scholarly work on “Aligning theory and evidence-based practice to enhance human flourishing in nurse executives,” as well as over 30 articles and book chapters on leadership, nursing theory and clinical best practices.


Jim is president-elect of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau honor society at the University of San Francisco. In 2015, Jim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Caring Science by Dr. Jean Watson, honoring his career-long devotion to transformative leadership, scholarly teaching, and practices in human caring. Jim was appointed founding Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer for Watson Caring Science Institute in 2008.


As an international scholar and keynote speaker, Jim has conducted workshops, consulted, and lectured worldwide for over 30 years, including the Philippines, Japan, Italy, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and Canada.


Now an independent historian and writer, in the mid-1980s Gilford had become intrigued with Kaiser Permanente as a rational model of health care delivery.  For the previous twenty-five years, he had been the writer and director of award-winning PBS science and medical programs. His non-broadcast projects had included assignments from the Offices of the NIH Director and the Office of the President of the United States.


His interest in KP history led to a search for scores of KP pioneers who had never been interviewed and he included their unique perspectives in books including “The History of the Southern California Medical Group – The First Fifty Years” and “Build ‘Em by the Mile, Cut ‘Em Off By The Yard:  How Henry Kaiser and the Rosies Helped Win WW II.” Much of the original research material is now in the Kaiser Archives.


In the more than 350 columns, "On this Date in Kaiser Permanente History", distributed free to KP subscribers, he shared the results of his original research. A number of columns have been reprinted in the Permanente Journal. In 1989, Gilford who has an anthropology degree from Yale, located the site of the abandoned desert hospital that was the beginning of what would become the Kaiser Permanente System. Materials unearthed in his excavations proved that Dr. Sidney Garfield, Permanente founder, was already committed to many of the principles that would come to define Kaiser Permanente.



Terri Moss, Moss Communications Moss Communications is a small, independent publishing house. It was originally founded by Terri Moss in 1993 as a boutique consulting firm specializing in employee communications.


In 2007, Moss Communications expanded its mission to include publishing books that encourage fuller employee engagement and improving the quality of life in the workplace. Moss Communica7ons’ first publica7on, Healing with Heart, was honored with the American Journal of Nursing's 2008 Book of the Year in the Leadership and Management category. In 2010, Moss Communications released Prayer: A Relationship without Words and Healthy Ways to Work in Healthcare: A Self Care Guide. Both books are out of print.


In 2020, Moss Communications is proud to publish Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing: A Legacy of Disruptive Innovation, the untold history of the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing (KFSN).


HISTORY Before moving into publishing, Terri was an employee and marketing communications consultant, working for several of the premier human resources consulting firms in the country. Her inspiration to pursue the writing and publication of Healing With Heart came from her deep commitment and appreciation for the importance of clear communication. Her support of the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing: A Legacy of Disruptive Innovation was fueled by the school’s illustrious alumni, and most notably the tour de force of Deloras Jones, and the book’s chief sponsor and cheerleader, the indefatigable Jim D’Alfonso.


MISSION Terri has long-held a mission and vision to create practical, everyday work tools to help employees achieve a renewed attitude for their work; one that is inspired and personally fulfilling.