Patricia A. Polansky, RN, MS is director of program development and implementation at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve America’s health through nursing. Ms. Polansky directs policy and program strategies for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national initiative of those same organizations to transform health care through nursing and build healthier communities for everyone in America, with a focus on leadership, nursing education, and interprofessional collaboration.
An expert on health care, nursing, and long-term care, Ms. Polansky was assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, overseeing programs designed to improve access to services for the state’s 1.5 million older adults. She oversaw 12 federal grants and led New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform and cost reduction.
Ms. Polansky was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing and also worked in executive management roles in New Jersey hospitals for more than 20 years. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Nursing Merit Award and the outstanding alumna designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Nursing, among many other honors.
Ms. Polansky holds a master’s degree in community health from Rutgers University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania.