As Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Holy Cross Health, Taren O’Brien is responsible for administering all aspects of nursing operations in accordance with the vision, mission and values of Holy Cross Health. In addition to nursing administration, she oversees pharmacy, respiratory, critical care, emergency services, inpatient services, perioperative services, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Taren is passionate about Zero Harm and the journey to becoming a highly reliable organization. She is committed to cultivating an environment where quality care, as well as colleague and patient safety prevail, thus contributing to Holy Cross Health earning three consecutive as in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. 

Taren began her career at Holy Cross as a graduate nurse, and this year will be recognized for 30 years of service. She is a supporter of lifelong learning, committed to providing professional growth opportunities within the organization and enjoys career coaching. Taren received a master’s degree in nursing administration and financial leadership from Florida Atlantic University, where she also received her baccalaureate degree in nursing. She remains an advocate for continuous process improvement.  

“Through a comprehensive, robust curriculum and inspiring professors, FAU has prepared me for a career in nursing leadership. The fundamental foundations of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing – caring is a science, caring is an art, caring is a way of being – has always resonated with me. I am proud to be a member of the outstanding Florida Atlantic University Alumni Family.”

Taren J. O’Brien, R.N. ’03, M.S.N. ’07