ALBUQUERQUE – Lovelace Health System has named Nancy Laster, RN, as the chief nursing officer (CNO) of Lovelace Westside Hospital (LWSH), effective Oct. 7, 2022.

 Laster has served as associate chief nursing officer for Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) and Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (HHNM) for the past two years. She has also served as the administrator of Lovelace One Call since January which she will continue in her new role. During her tenure at LMC/HHNM, she strongly contributed to the development and management of the surge plan for Lovelace Health System during the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic and represented Lovelace Health System Nursing for State Hub activities.

 Laster holds a bachelor of science in nursing from American Military University and master of science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She completed both her MBA and doctorate in nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is a member of the New Mexico Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and currently serves as president elect of the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders.