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Patricia Polansky, RN, MS

Director, Program Development and Implementation

Patricia Polansky, RN, MS

Patricia Polansky, RN, MS

Areas of Expertise

Health care administration, executive leadership, interprofessional collaboration (health), primary care, home and community health care, aging issues and long-term care, and nursing education


Pat Polansky is co-director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. Polansky directs education, leadership, and communications and outreach strategies for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an effort to transform health care through nursing.

Ms. Polanski served as assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services (DACS) in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she oversaw programs increasing access to services for the state’s 1.5 million older adults, improving their well-being and allowing them to live independently in their communities. She oversaw 12 federal grants and led New Jersey’s efforts toward long-term care reform.

Before joining DACS, she was executive director of the New Jersey Board of Nursing, was cofounder of a health care consulting firm, and worked in hospital executive management roles for more than 20 years. She also held nursing positions at both the staff and supervisory levels and is a registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 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 other honors.

Ms. Polanski served as president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities and an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Rutgers University. She holds a master’s degree in community health from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Honors

  • Immediate Past President, National Association of State Units on Aging and Disabilities
  • Member, National Council on Aging Leadership Council
  • Fellow, Balancing Long Term Care
  • Member, Social Policy Committee, Society on Aging of New Jersey
  • Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund Board of Directors
  • College of Osteopathic Health Executives Board of Directors
  • Statewide Health Coordinating Council—Appointed by Governor Thomas Kean
  • New Jersey State Nurses Association Board of Directors
  • New Jersey State Nurses Association President, Constituency #1
  • New York University Faculty Advisory Panel—Institute for Leadership