Nancye Cole, RN


Nancye brings 40 years of experience in nursing with over half in nursing leadership roles, 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 HIIN 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. In 2016, Nancye was honored by the UNM College of Nursing as an outstanding alumni. She was honored by NM Business Weekly’s Women of Influence-Women Leaders in 2012.

Prior to joining Lovelace, Nancye held positions at the University of New Mexico Hospitals, Heart Hospital of New Mexico and New Mexico Heart Institute Cardiac Surgery Division.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Mexico. She received her master of science healthcare administration degree from California Coast University. Nancye 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 American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), and state affiliate, the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders (NMONL) currently serving as an executive board member. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and local chapter. Nancye holds board certification as a Fellow of the American Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).

Community Engagement

  • American Heart Association Circle of Red, Member
  • AONL Affiliate Meeting Planning Committee Member and Panelist
  • New Mexico Hospital Association, varied nursing taskforces
  • New Mexico Governor’s Taskforce on Nursing Shortage, committee member
  • New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards, Committee Member
  • United Way, Women of Philanthropy