RWJBarnabas Health Leadership

Nancy Holecek Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services

Nancy E. Holecek, MAS, MHA, BSN, RN
Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Beginning her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a Registered Nurse in critical care, Nancy E. Holecek has held multiple leadership positions in nursing, leading to her current position as Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. In line with her commitment to advancing the nursing profession, she developed and oversaw implementation of various nursing collaboratives to promote integration and standardization of evidenced based best practice, 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. She instituted the first System-wide Professional Nurse Practice Council for RWJBarnabas Health and the first academic partnership for an internationally recognized senior practicum program.

Her support for the staff has earned her high credibility among nurses throughout the System and her innovative models of nursing care serve as an example for other health care systems. She remains a strong proponent of nursing education to enhance patient care, patient experience, and nursing recruitment and retention.

She has been a champion of workplace violence prevention, human trafficking education and creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.