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Why Hackensack Meridian Health?

When you join our team of nurses, you’ll work with collaborative colleagues who are ready to push each other – and patient care – to keep getting better. Our not-for-profit health care organization has:

  • 18 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties
  • Three academic medical centers
  • Behavioral health hospital
  • Two rehabilitation hospitals
  • More than 500 care locations throughout New Jersey

Our expansive network means we have several places where you’ll find opportunities to build a thriving career.



Hackensack Meridian Health is one of the most recognized health care systems in the country for nursing excellence, with many hospitals earning Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our hospitals have received this designation, the highest national honor for nursing excellence, for more than 20 years. This designation recognizes nursing programs that continually elevate patient care and serve as models of care delivery and collaboration.


“Working at Hackensack Meridian Health presents many opportunities. Working with the team, I have found that everybody has a voice within the patient care we provide. Leadership is always offering us opportunities to excel. I love my team and the people I work with.”
Pamela Fake
Registered Nurse, Orthopedics
Hackensack University Medical Center
“I have been working in one of the Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals for 31 years. Patient safety and quality of care is always the priority, and to achieve that leadership encourages growth and development of the staff. Tuition reimbursement and education days are available. Individual achievements are recognized and celebrated.”
Maria Sherly-Castro
Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit
Raritan Bay Medical Center
“Hackensack Meridian Health has given me many opportunities to grow and advance my skills and my career. To be a relatively newer nurse and have a chance to become an assistant manager of a critical care unit speaks volumes to the opportunities Hackensack Meridian can provide. Also the teamwork and team members I have been exposed to here are second to none.”
Eric Gossar
Assistant Nurse Manager, Critical Care Unit
Southern Ocean Medical Center

What We Offer




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  • Georgian Court – Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing

    The Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at Georgian Court University was initiated in 2008 to help address the nursing shortage both in NJ and nationwide and to improve health care in our local communities. More than 270 nurses have graduated from the program, all of whom received exceptional hands-on education and experience that equip them for their nursing careers.

    To help meet workforce and market demands and provide new pathways to enter the nursing profession, the school has continued to expand its programs since its inception. This includes the A.B.S.N. program, which was launched in January 2021 and gives aspiring nurses a faster way to earn their degree and enter the field. The A.B.S.N. joins other programs at the school, where enrollment is up more than 100 percent since 2015. By graduation, more than 90 percent of nursing graduates are employed – often by Hackensack Meridian facilities across the state.

    JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program

    The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program provides an education rooted in outstanding academic traditions of both hospital-based nursing education and community college education. As a model in the field of nursing that is different from existing nursing programs offered by nearby community colleges and hospital-based schools, this program affords its graduates advantages in the attainment of nursing competency, a diploma in nursing from JFK University Medical Center Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing, an Associate in Science (AS) degree from Union County College and in transferability of credits to programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. Graduates from the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurse (RN) licensure.

    The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

    For information about curriculum activities, academic information, nursing progression and school life, view the School of Nursing Student Handbook.

    Call our Admissions Office at 908-668-2405 or email

    The Middlesex County College Associate in Science Nursing Program

    The Middlesex County College Associate in Science Nursing Program is offered in partnership with Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health network. RBMC is the Nursing Program partner and serves as the primary clinical site.

    The standard duration of this associate degree program is four semesters (two years). The courses students take may be applied to the Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree. Any final decision regarding transfer courses will be made by the receiving college. Middlesex County College (MCC) has agreements with Felician College and Kean University that make the transfer process as seamless as possible. The articulation between the colleges provides students the opportunity to complete their BSN on MCC’s campus.

    The nursing degree prepares students for entry-level positions in nursing and for taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). It has been approved by The New Jersey Council of Presidents and accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Additional information is available here.

    Contact: Kara Kaldawi
    Director, Middlesex County College Nursing Program
    2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08818-3050

  • We believe that education is a lifelong process, and we want all our nurses to have the opportunities to grow and strive for better every day despite any financial barriers. That’s why we have established several different scholarship programs for both nurses who are already in the field and those who wish to become nurses. This is just one of the ways we are committed to making sure all our nurses can continue their education and feel supported at Hackensack Meridian Health.

    Learn more about scholarships

  • This 10-week Externship Program offers nursing students an opportunity to earn while learning. Students are oriented and provided training in select skills such as 12 Lead EKG and Venipuncture. Under the direction of a registered nurse preceptor, student nurses practice selected skills and gain confidence in the acute care environment. Students meet with the program coordinator to share experiences. A variety of educational topics are presented by guest speakers at the meetings.


    You must be currently matriculated in a Board of Nursing approved BSN program to prepare for registered nurse licensure and be eligible to begin the final (senior) year of the respective nursing program.

    High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) required. Current matriculation in a Board of Nursing approved program to prepare for Registered Nurse licensure required. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher strongly preferred.

    How to Apply:

    In order to be considered for this program, you must first complete your online application with resume and upload your transcript when creating your profile to apply.

    Nurse Residency Program

    Our New Grad Nurse Residency program develops professionalism and independence among recently graduated nursing students and reinforces our commitment to educate and retain our high-quality nursing staff. Nurses within this program provide delivery of nursing practices using the outcome-based practice model by demonstrating competency in clinical judgment, technical skills and an appropriate knowledge base.


    A new apprentice program designed to support newly-graduated, pre-NCLEX nurses in their transition to practice.

    The NSPIRE program is a pre-NCLEX position tailored for newly graduated nurses from an accredited institution to complete a 6- to 12-week paid practice immersion curriculum in a full- or part-time capacity until transitioning to the paid nurse residency program.

    NSPIRE nurses will complete clinical immersions, shadow and be exposed to the clinical environments in which they will work as a Registered Nurse at one of the following Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals:

    • Bayshore Medical Center - Holmdel, NJ
    • Ocean University Medical Center - Brick, NJ
    • JFK University Medical Center - Edison, NJ
    • Limited opportunities at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Medical Center, Old Bridge

    Please click here for more details and how to apply.

  • Our new Registered Nurse Clinical Advancement Program (RN CAP) is designed to recognize nursing excellence through a points-based system that aligns with our nursing strategic plan and Professional Practice Model. Click here to learn more

  • As a network that is always ready to provide leading-edge care for members of the communities it serves and continually strives to keep getting better, research is a core arm of all that we do. To that end, we make sure our nurses have the support they need to work on and implement new standards of care, procedures and clinical processes.

    Sheila Cancro Institute for Nursing Leadership and Practice Excellence

    Our culture of supporting our nurses goes well beyond our benefits. We make sure you have the chance to grow your skills in multiple ways. That’s why we created the Shiela Cancro Institute for Nursing Leadership and Practice Excellence, which provides infrastructure, support and advocacy for nurses as they advance their careers, education and research. From workshops and lectures and to fellowships and specialty academies, Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to making it easy for our nurses to expand their knowledge. Learn more by clicking here.

  • We are dedicated to creating clear pathways for career advancement for our nurses. That’s why we assist nurses who want to work in different clinical areas with placements. With our wide network of 18 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties and more than 500 patient care locations throughout New Jersey, there are multiple places where our nurses can take on new clinical specialties.

HEAR FROM our team

Carter Kurtus

Registered NurseNeurological ICUJersey Shore University Medical Center

Carter has worked at Hackensack Meridian for 3 ½ years, beginning his nursing career as a new graduate right after the pandemic was ramping up in New Jersey.

Maria Manzella

Clinical Nurse SpecialistOcean University Medical Center

Maria has worked at Hackensack Meridian for 26 years and is a clinical nurse educator. Maria also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University and helps to prepare future nurses with her balance of setting the bar high while remaining intuitive and compassionate.

Maria Sherly-Castro

Registered NurseICURaritan Bay Medical Center

Maria has worked at Hackensack Meridian for 31 years and is dedicated to evidence-based practice and constantly thinking of ways to improve the care of patients in the ICU.

Eric Gossar

Assistant Nurse ManagerS-ICU CCUSouthern Ocean University Medical Center

Eric has worked at Hackensack Meridian for eight years, starting his journey as a patient care technician and monitor tech before earning his nursing degree. He currently serves as assistant nurse manager of the Intensive Care Unit.

Pamela Fake

Pamela FakeRegistered NurseOrthopedicsHackensack Univeristy Medical Center

Pamela has worked at Hackensack Meridian for more than a decade and calls nursing not just a job, but a lifeline.

Jasmine Chang

Registered Nurse Hackensack Meridian Carrier Behavioral Health at Raritan Bay Medical Center

Hear From Jasmine and other Behavioral Health Nurses and team members at Hackensack Meridian Carrier Behavioral Health at Raritan Bay Medical Center.


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