Nancye Cole, RN


Nancye brings almost thirty years of experience in nursing, most recently as chief operations officer and chief nursing office at Lovelace Westside Hospital. Under her leadership, Lovelace Westside Hospital earned an A+ grade from Leapfrog for hospital safety in 2017 and 2018, the HEN and HIN 2018 awards for quality initiatives and overall improvement and the Ardent Health Services Quality award in 2017. She also led Lovelace Westside Hospital in consistently earning 4 stars from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) since the inception of this quality initiative. She was recently nominated for the Quality New Mexico’s 2019 Don Chalmers Passion for Excellence Award for her unwavering commitment to quality, innovation and integrity.

Prior to joining Lovelace, Nancye held positions at the University of New Mexico Hospitals, Heart Hospital of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Mexico. She received her master of science and master of healthcare administration degrees from California Coast University. Nancye recently earned her doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) with a concentration in nurse executive organizational leadership from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the local chapter of the American Organization of Nursing Excellence (AONE), and the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders (NMONL), where she has served as president elect, president and secretary.

Community Engagement

  • American Heart Association Circle of Red, Member
  • New Mexico Healthcare Executives, Education Committee
  • New Mexico Hospital Association Nursing Task Force, Task Force
  • Nursing Excellence Awards, Committee Member
  • United Way, Committee Member