DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
ANA Enterprise CEO
An accomplished health care leader who has more than 30 years of nursing and management experience, Dr. Loressa Cole became the ANCC Executive Director and Executive Vice President in 2016, and was appointed ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018.
Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, is Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise, which consists of the ANA membership organization representing the nation’s 4.3 million registered nurses; the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs; and the American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s charitable arm. Prior to assuming this role in 2018, Dr. Cole was the Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Cole is an accomplished health care leader with more than 30 years of nursing and management experience. Before joining the ANA Enterprise, she served as Chief Nursing Executive of several Virginia hospitals within the HCA Health System, where she directed system-wide clinical operations, partnering with other C-suite leaders on strategic and tactical planning and execution.
Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Cole served as President of the Virginia Nurses Association from 2012 until 2014. She has presented at a wide range of conferences, both domestically and internationally on a variety of leadership and health care topics. She earned her DNP at Case Western Reserve University, her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) at Averett University, and her BSN at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is ANCC board-certified as a nurse executive, advanced, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.