RWJUH Names Stephanie Conners Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer

Stephanie D. Conners

Stephanie D. Conners

NEW BRUNSWICK — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named Mullica Hill resident Stephanie D. Conners, RN, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC, senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer.

Conners comes to RWJ from Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., which is part of the nationwide Tenet Healthcare Corporation. She was a key member of the Hahnemann leadership team since 2002, starting as Director of Critical Care, progressing to Senior Director of Nursing, then advancing to her position of Chief Nursing Officer, a post she had held since 2004.

Prior to joining Hahnemann, she served in a number of nursing leadership roles at Virtua Health System in southern New Jersey. Beyond her career as a caregiver and seasoned nursing administrator, Conners is a Six-Sigma Black Belt and will work to advance Lean principles across RWJ’s academic medical campus. Conners has published in a variety of health care journals, addressing both clinical and managerial topics. She has also presented at national nursing conferences to advance nursing practice and patient safety.

Conners earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 1993 and her Masters of Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Eastern University in 2002. She completed a Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellowship in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

“Stephanie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning the non-profit and for-profit health care settings,” explains Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “She possesses a unique skill set that combines in-depth knowledge of clinical nursing practice and Lean principles. We believe she will be a strong asset to the RWJ Family as we continue to position ourselves for success in the post-health care reform environment.”

Conners adds, “I am excited to join RWJ and lead its outstanding team of Magnet Nurses. RWJ’s nurses have a well-deserved reputation as leaders in education, research and sharing best practices to improve the overall quality of care provided not only at RWJ, but at respected institutions beyond our academic medical campus. I am looking forward to helping them expand their reputation as the most respected name in nursing.”

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