Rutgers Cancer Institute, RWJBarnabas Health ink chief nursing officer

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health announced Friday that Carolyn Hayes has been named chief nursing officer, RWJBarnabas, oncology services and Rutgers Cancer Institute.

In these roles, she will be tasked with overseeing nursing at RCI and oncology service line-related nursing at RWJBarnabas.

“Nursing leadership requires more than advanced clinical expertise. Throughout her career, Dr. Hayes has demonstrated success not only in the development and management of comprehensive patient care, but in the areas of nursing philanthropy, research and teaching as well,” Steven K. Libutti, director, Rutgers Cancer Institute, and senior vice president of oncology services for RWJBarnabas Health, said. “Her vast knowledge of the unique, collaborative relationship between an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a large health care system will enhance the position of Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health as a leading oncology authority in our state and region. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hayes to our team.”

Hayes also serves as an associate professor in the division of nursing science at Rutgers School of Nursing.

“With advances in technology and knowledge, the delivery of oncology nursing is continually changing – but the philosophy of our profession remains the same: ensuring optimal delivery of patient care. In my new roles at Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health, I am excited to develop and bring forth opportunities to enhance the development and education of those on our nursing team so that they are best prepared to contribute to the patient experience and outcomes expected of our profession,” Hayes said.

She most recently held the role as president and executive director at Greater Boston Nursing Collective, She’s also served as associate chief of oncology, medical and integrative nursing as well as associate chief of adult inpatient and integrative oncology nursing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.