Jennifer A. ONeill, DNP, APN, RN, has been named CNO and vice president of patient care services for Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., according to a news release.
In this role, ONeill will oversee all aspects of the nursing division and the more than 1,000 nurses employed by Saint Barnabas.
She began her career at Saint Barnabas as an RN, then transitioned to a patient care coordinator role, the release said. ONeill then spent seven years in the outpatient setting as a nurse practitioner, clinical manager and RN first assist for an OB/GYN practice in Livingston, N.J.
My role as a nurse practitioner truly gave me insight into the healthcare system, the role of the healthcare team, along with the experience of working in an autonomous practice, ONeill told Nurse.com. It allowed me to enhance my leadership and clinical skills, and gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with all members of the healthcare team.
She rejoined Saint Barnabas as a nurse manager, rising through the organization to her most recent position as assistant vice president of patient care services overseeing the maternal-child health and med/surg divisions. In that role, she implemented numerous new initiatives focused on improving patient care, communication and patient satisfaction, according to the release.
In my varied roles, I have experienced things through the eyes of many disciplines so that I have a unique understanding of what is required to provide exceptional, compassionate care to our patients, she said.
ONeill received her BSN from Boston College, completed her MSN with an emphasis on womens health from Rutgers University and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice Administration from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, N.J.
ONeill said her goals are to enhance leadership skills for current and future leaders through education programs, coaching and research, and to engage the nursing profession in developing innovative care models to meet the demands of the healthcare system, enhance the quality of care delivered and advance the professional practice of nursing.
ONeill also aims to meet the communitys healthcare needs through specialized nurse-driven community events led by Saint Barnabas nursing experts, she said,