Nursing: Who We Are

undefinedOur 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.

The scope of services and specialties available is vast and endless. Nurses can practice, manage and educate in an unlimited amount of clinical areas including adult and pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, adult and pediatric renal transplant, neurology and neurosurgery, burn care, adult and pediatric oncology, intensive care, emergency care, women’s’ services, perioperative services and comprehensive geriatric services. Our extraordinary reputation has attracted distinguished professionals to all of these areas.


Nursing professional development is the lifelong process of active participation by nurses in learning activities that assist in developing and maintaining their continuing competence, enhance their professional practice, and support achievement of their career goals. Continuing competence is a hallmark of professionalism and a means by which a profession is held accountable to society. Nursing professional development builds on the educational and experiential bases of nurses across their professional careers for the ultimate goal of ensuring the quality of health care to the public.” (ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development, 2000.) CPDIR provides the professional nurse not only with guidance, but with a centralized resource of learning opportunities to assist in their development and enhancement of professional practice, as well as career goal achievement. The Center offers the opportunity to discover and learn about Professional Development and Innovation, and Nursing Research.

Nursing research conducted at our affiliate health care centers continues to improve the care and treatment of our patients. Projects conducted by our nurses have been published in national nursing journals. The depth of experience of our team of nurses is highly regarded and shared throughout the system via regular system-wide nursing conferences/ meetings, collaboratives as well as the Bridge. A unique and comprehensive recruitment and retention plan has been developed to meet the needs of our nursing departments and employees.

Our success in recruiting and retaining the finest nurses is enhanced by the System’s commitment to providing the most technologically advanced facilities for direct patient care, patient and family education, as well as streamlined administrative responsibilities. Best practice environments have been created to support our nursing team in caring for our patients.

Our principle of promoting nurses from within is evident in our challenging and supportive work environments that foster professional growth and satisfaction. Nurses are encouraged and mentored in advancing their careers in clinical settings, education, administration and advanced practice nursing. Our approachable management team is continually open to new and creative ideas.

It is all of this and more that contributes to a rewarding nursing career.

Because of its reputation for quality, financial stability and size, We are able to offer competitive compensation packages and other advantages including:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous benefits package (including 401K)
  • Weekend incentives
  • Scheduling to meet individual needs including 12.5 and 7.5 hour shifts
  • Child care
  • Extensive recruitment and retention plans
  • Comprehensive orientation programs
  • Ongoing continuing education opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development and advancement
  • Nursing practice research

Nursing Leadership

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

Nancy Holecek Senior Vice President for Patient Care ServicesPrior to her appointment to RWJBarnabas Health Senior Management Team in 1996, Ms. Holecek served as Vice President for Patient Care Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, where she participated as a member of that organization's Senior Management Team and played a key role in the development of case management, quality improvement and patient satisfaction initiatives.

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

Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Southern RegionLori joined Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 2014, after a successful career within the Meridian and Solaris Health systems. In addition to being Lean Six Sigma certified, she possesses expertise in nursing and medical staff relations, strategic planning and business development, as well as performance improvement.

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