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Bridging the Gap – Graduate Nurse Practitioner Academia to Practice

Our mission is to bridge NP academia to practice by providing additional education, clinical, and classroom experience. Together, we foster a supportive learning environment for academic, professional, and personal success.

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is proud to be one of the first Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency/Fellowship Programs in New Jersey. We are honored to be chosen as one of 36 programs in the United States to receive a grant from Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education (ANE). The purpose of the HRSA-ANE Grant is to increase the number of Advanced Practice Nurse primary care providers in community-based settings.

In partnership with our academic partner, Monmouth University, HMH has created a rigorous nurse-practitioner residency program in community based primary care practices in NJ Counties of Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Bergen.

This program is a one-year, full time commitment designed to provide the new NP Clinician with a unique educational opportunity to focus on clinical experience in outpatient primary care, specialty medical practices, psychiatry and urgent care centers specific to the Nurse Practitioner’s Population Foci. Didactic sessions will supplement the clinical experience with Grand Round Presentations, quality improvement projects, journal club, SIM skills lab and lectures to provide both personal and professional growth.

Interested candidates who meet all the criteria including the graduation criteria (graduated on or after January 1, 2021), are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a strong desire to work in primary care/outpatient settings, FQHCs or other settings that serve the uninsured/underinsured/underserved populations at the completion of this program and meet the other stated program criteria.

HMH is a preferred organization with health professionals who know how to work together to ensure the best clinical outcomes and the best overall health care experience for their patients and families. And as part of HMH, we connect our community to New Jersey’s most comprehensive health system and the world’s most advanced care and medical breakthroughs.

Our program looks forward to having you working side-by-side with health-care leaders in your field of study, building upon the skills you've learned in the classroom, and creating world-class healthcare!

Wishing you health,
Grace Reilly Mazzatta, MSN, APN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Program Director HRSA ANE Grant
Hackensack Meridian Health Nurse Practitioner Residency


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“It’s been fantastic getting to meet so many individuals and learning in various settings through the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. These opportunities to build lasting relationships with our resident colleagues as well as lecturers, researchers, and specialty experts will result in innumerous resources to draw upon when we complete the residency.”

Kathy Croll, MSN, FNP-C, BSN, RN, Nurse Practitioner Resident

“I just completed my first day of clinical as part of the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and could not be happier with the experience. This program has effectively put the residency puzzle together, and is an opportunity I sincerely appreciate.”

Leo Ligon, APN, Nurse Practitioner Resident


Our Leadership

“Hackensack Meridian Health’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program serves to increase and fine tune health care skills through hands-on training with the presence and guidance of trained preceptors. This 12-month, full-time residency program is designed to fortify clinical knowledge and advance skills to help practitioners work more effectively with the patients we care for and enhance our overall capacity to meet the needs of the communities we serve."

Theresa M. Brodrick, RN, Ph.D., NE-BC, Executive Vice President and Network Chief Nurse Executive

Our Network

There are multiple advantages to beginning your career exploration with us:

35,343 Team Members
4 of our hospitals are ranked in the top 10 of NJ

At Hackensack Meridian Health, you will be growing and exploring in a supportive and truly exceptional environment.