Robyn Begley Named CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Chief Nursing Officer of the AHA


WASHINGTON (July 13, 2018) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today named Robyn Begley, DNP, R.N. chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the AHA.

In 1983, Begley joined AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, in Atlantic City, N.J. – the region’s largest health care organization and largest non-casino employer – where she served in several roles, including vice president of nursing and corporate nursing executive. Most recently, she has served as the system’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. Begley’s professional nursing experience dates back to 1977, when she began her career as a staff nurse.

In her role, Begley will lead a membership organization of more than 9,700 nurse leaders whose strategic focus is excellence in nursing leadership. She will play a leadership role in a number of key initiatives involving workforce development, quality and safety, and future care delivery models. In addition, she will ensure the perspective and needs of nurse leaders are heard and addressed in public policy issues related to nursing and patient care.

“Robyn is known as an innovative leader in the field, and we are pleased to have her bring decades of real-world experience to her new role with AONE and the AHA,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Robyn will bring her unique perspective to the development of ideas that address the challenges and opportunities of rapid transformation in the field.”

Begley currently serves as a member of the AONE board and chair of the AONE Foundation board. She has served in leadership roles for various state nursing and professional nursing organizations. She has more than 40 years of experience in health care, and has received numerous awards, including the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing’s Visionary Leader Award. She earned her D.N.P. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, obtained her M.S.N. at Widener University, Chester, Pa., and received her B.S.N. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.



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About the American Hospital Association

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at


About the American Organization of Nurse Executives

AONE is the national professional organization for nurses who design, facilitate and manage care. With more than 9,700 members, AONE is the leading voice of nursing leadership in health care. Since 1967, the organization has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE is a subsidiary of the AHA. For more information, visit the AONE website at



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