Nursing: Who We Are

NurseOur nurses have earned a reputation for providing extraordinary clinical care in every specialty. And because of the breadth, depth and scope of our combined resources and technological strengths, a world of exciting nursing opportunities awaits you. We are the largest and finest health care delivery system in New Jersey. One of the truly unique benefits of a nursing career is the tremendous amount of opportunities available in a wide variety of health care settings.

Nursing professionals can choose from urban and suburban teaching medical centers, community hospital settings, ambulatory care centers; and a behavioral health network, as well as comprehensive hospice services.

All of these settings provide exemplary health care environments that consistently rate among the highest in the nation for patient satisfaction. Read more.

Nursing Leadership

Nancy Holecek, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Northern Region

Nancy Holecek Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services

As the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services, CNO, Northern Region, Nancy has enhanced health care quality, education and professionalism in numerous ways. She began her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a Registered Nurse in critical care. She has held several nursing leadership positions, with increasing responsibility, leading to her current position. Nancy has devoted her career to advancing the profession of nursing as a whole. She developed and oversaw implementation of a comprehensive nursing peer review process, created a formal competency assessment program, and established benchmarks against which trends in key indicators of patient care performance could be tracked over time and across settings. The following areas are particularly noteworthy:

  • Instituted 1st system Professional Nurse Practice Council
  • Implemented the 1st academic partnership for a senior practicum program, which was recognized and presented internationally
  • Facilitated implementation of Transition of Care Nurses and supported certification
  • Facilitated 1st Internship which was the impetus for a RN Residency implemented prior to the IOM Report and continues today
  • Created a Succession Planning Program for staff nurses recommended for advancement to leadership positions
  • Created the first formal nursing leadership development program in the system for new nurse leaders. Leadership Essentials provides new leaders with education and development regarding leadership concepts in alignment with ONL’s competencies.
  • Created multiple nursing collaboratives, including OB, Wound, and Perioperative to promote Evidence-Based Practice and networking
  • Facilitated the creation of the OR Simulation Center at Rahway

More recently, her passion for supporting employee safety has her fully engaged in co-leading the Workplace Violence initiative. Her support for the staff has led to her high credibility with nurses throughout the system who know her to be fair, especially when it comes to tough decision-making. Nancy is a leader who follows through until a resolution is achieved. Her innovative models of nursing care have been recognized within the nursing profession and serve as an example for other health care systems. She has contributed to nursing competency throughout New Jersey by envisioning programs that instill responsibility and leadership. In addition, Nancy has promoted the value of education for nurses as it relates to patient care, patient experience, nursing recruitment and retention, and utilizes the resources available to her to the fullest to achieve these goals.

Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Southern Region RWJBarnabas Health

Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Southern Region

Dr. Lori A. Colineri serves as the Senior Vice President and CNO, Southern Region. Throughout her entire nursing career, she has been dedicated to creating reliable, high quality delivery of care with an intense focus on developing the next generation of nurses and health care professionals to lead in these ever-changing times.

Under Dr. Colineri’s leadership, RWJBarnabas Health developed collaboration among all levels of nursing across all campuses and came together to develop and redefine shared governance, the nursing practice model and the nursing philosophy. These contemporary models reflect the efforts to developing transformational nursing leaders, while at the same time empowering the frontline nurses. Through her leadership, and in collaboration with Rutgers School of Nursing, a grant for 250,000 dollars was awarded from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop minority paraprofessionals to become registered nurses. This has been sustained as a coveted program by the employees across the system and has been recognized across the country through several scholarly publications. Dr. Colineri consistently works to leverage the nursing team’s diverse backgrounds to foster a collaborative, supportive working environment that places patients and families first.

Dr. Colineri provided leadership and oversight in the rigorous preparation of the Magnet® survey site visit for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick and Somerset campuses leading to a 5th Magnet® designation for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick, one of seven healthcare organizations in the world to obtain five Magnet® designations and a 2nd Magnet® designation for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset and the first Magnet® designation for Monmouth Medical Center.

Dr. Colineri was instrumental in obtaining a 5 million dollar gift from the Betty Wold Johnson foundation to enhance simulation and education for nurses across the RWJBarnabas Health system. The newly established Betty Wold Johnson Center for Nursing Education has served as a model for state-of-the-art education and innovation for the state of New Jersey. Prior to joining RWJBH, Dr. Colineri served as the Chief Nursing Officer - and as a Nurse Executive in several New Jersey hospital systems over the past 20 years. Dr. Colineri is board certified as a Nurse Executive- Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Monmouth University. She also was appointed as a Visiting Professor for Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Colineri serves as a Board Member of the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses Association. She also serves on the American Organization of Nurse Executives Chief Nurse Executives Committee, as a Board Member of the Political Action Committee of the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Leaders, a member of the Monmouth University Advisory Council, and is a member of Chief Nursing Officer’s constituency group of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has received several honors and awards throughout her nursing career including the Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award of 2018, Excellence in Global Nursing Leadership – Empowerment Award and the New Jersey State Nurses Association-Institute for Nursing’s Don and Diva Award for Outstanding Professional Career Accomplishments.