As the first system in the country to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Meridian Health has been hailed as a national leader in the delivery of quality nursing care.
The recognition would not be possible without the contributions of staff nurses, educators, advanced practice nurses, researchers, and managers. Many of our staff has received local, state, national, and international recognition and awards for their contributions to nursing practice, research, and education. Almost half of our nearly 2,000 nurses are nationally certified in their area of clinical specialty.
The Ann May Nursing Center for the Advancement of Professional Nursing Practice was established in 1997 to support the evolving needs of nurses in a rapidly changing health care environment. While Meridian continues to offer and widely publicize the availability of nursing opportunities with excellent salaries and benefits, the Meridian Ann May Center provides our nurses with educational counseling, clinical placements, lectures, workshops, alumni resources, recognition for professional excellence and research support. The Ann May Center for Nursing is committed to protecting the future of nursing and have established specific initiatives to recruit, educate, and retain first rate nurses at Meridian Health hospitals and our many partner companies. The center serves as a vital resource linking each of the nursing departments within the Meridian Health family for educational enrichment, financial support, and research initiatives.
The Ann May Center for Nursing fosters the belief that education is a lifelong process. Sometimes, financial barriers may inhibit individuals from reaching their educational goals. For this reason, we strive to make our nurses aware of the numerous scholarships that exist to provide financial support for individuals returning to school to advance their education in nursing. We award scholarships twice a year to assist Meridian Team Members students who are preparing to enter the nursing profession, as well as nurses who are seeking advanced degrees, to coordinate a variety of foundation sponsored scholarship programs for nurses. We also fund special projects that have the potential to improve patient, institutional, and professional outcomes. Financial support is available in the form of grants for nurses performing research studies with the potential to improve the quality of health care delivered to the patient population.
Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing
The Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing B.S.N. program not only helps to address the escalating nursing shortage in New Jersey and nationally, but it also builds upon our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve, through excellence in nursing education.
Historically, Meridian has always sought partnerships that would help us ensure the communities we serve have access to services that meet their present and future health care needs. This new school embodies our own goals, as well as Georgian Court’s long tradition of academic excellence.
Meridian Health provides a number of programs to support student nurses as they grow in the nursing profession, and we are proud to offer our students an array of opportunities through partnerships with many schools of nursing in the Monmouth and Ocean county areas and beyond.
Meridian’s Advanced Practice Nurse Network promotes excellence in patient care through the sharing of information, knowledge and experience with clients and other professionals. The scope of advanced practice nursing is distinguished by the level of autonomy of practice and dominance of nurse initiated regimens within the practice setting. The model of health care is based upon empathy, support, caring, and unconditional positive regard for all clients. Advanced Practice Nurses adhere to the ethical standards of the nursing profession to promote client autonomy, dignity, and self-determination.
C.A.R.E. stands for Clinical Advancement and Recognition of Excellence.
C.A.R.E. is an outcome based clinical recognition program for Registered Nurses, through which clinical nurses are acknowledged and rewarded for achieving and demonstrating increased levels of expertise and for their ability to make an impact on patient outcomes. It is a process for distinguishing registered nurse practice at the bedside.
Registered nurses from the Meridian Health’s hospitals developed C.A.R.E., and Meridian is one of the few health systems in the country to use this innovative approach to recognize nursing expertise. Having continually achieved Magnet recognition across the system, Meridian values the Magnet process. The C.A.R.E. application process resembles the Magnet application process, and nurses are recognized for their accomplishments in four key nursing areas:
- Clinical expertise
- Shared governance