Jane Mericle, DNP, MHS-CL, BSN, RN, CENP

Chief Nursing & Patient Operations Officer, Delaware Valley


Jane M. Mericle brings over 40 years of healthcare experience to her role as Operational Vice President for Nemours Children’s Health System and Chief Nurse Executive at Nemours/ Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware and the Delaware Valley. In this role she establishes and implements a vision for nursing care and standards for nursing practice and recently led the organization through Magnet re-designation.  Jane is responsible for clinical operations, financial performance, professional development of Nursing associates, program development, Nursing research, as well as operations for Respiratory Care Services, Sleep Lab and Pharmacy.

Jane is certified in Executive Nursing Practice with expertise in clinical quality and patient safety, strategic planning, fiscal accountability, operational management Magnet designation performance improvement, patient experience and inter-professional collaboration.   Jane is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an executive leader for LEAN, and she completed the Disparities Leadership Program sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital.  She served on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Children’s Hospital Services in Missouri for six years and is now the President of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association for the Delaware Division, New Castle County.

Prior to joining Nemours, Jane served as Associate Chief Nurse for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. She has received numerous professional awards during her career, including the North Carolina Great 100 Award and the Duke University Health System Meritorious Presidential Award. She has been a featured speaker at local, regional and national levels, including presentations at the National Teaching Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Nursing Management Congress, and the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality.

Jane has earned her Master’s of Health Science in Clinical Leadership from Duke University School of Medicine, and her BSN from Columbia University. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing.