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Janice Walker will lead 18,000 nurses across Atrium Health

Jan. 5. Janice Walker has been named Southeast Region chief nursing officer for Advocate Health. She will lead more than 18,000 nurses at Atrium Health’s 40 hospitals and hundreds of care locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Walker, who has 25 years of experience in health care. is a nationally known speaker on topics including nursing retention and recruitment, workplace violence and transformational nursing leadership traits.

Janice Walker

Walker was previously at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSW), where she has served as system executive vice president, system chief nursing executive and the executive lead of the BSW Healthcare System Nursing Institute. She also had responsibility for system pharmacy, radiology and lab.


Walker was named to Becker’s 2023 list of “153 Hospital and Health System Chief Nursing Officers to Know” and was previously named to the “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” list by Modern Healthcare.

A Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow, Walker completed her doctorate degree in 2018 in health care administration with an emphasis on studying successful female leadership traits of executive health care leaders and holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Walker’s first day will be Jan. 29.

Atrium is building a new hospital in Cornelius.


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