NSPIRE | Hackensack Meridian Health

NSPIRE Nurses Practicing in an Immersive Readiness Environment Logo 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 12-week paid practice immersion curriculum in a full- or part-time capacity until transitioning to the paid nurse residency program. This program is in its pilot phase, with limited opportunities available.

As part of this structured program, NSPIRE nurses will be exposed to a variety of immersion opportunities in an environment that allows them to observe the skills, hospital operations, and components of being part of the health care team. While there will be limited patient interaction until passing the NCLEX, NSPIRE nurses will have the ability to practice simulated skills and gain confidence in the acute care environment to prepare for transition into practice. NCLEX prep opportunities will also be available.

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

Please note, this program will provide flexibility and support to ensure success on the NCLEX-RN exam.

NSPIRE Nurse Essential Job Functions

  • Assimilates the Hackensack Meridian Health nursing strategic plan and quality outcome drivers;
  • Attends skill labs/simulation labs, equipment exposure and immersion opportunities (ex. clinical outcomes, special procedure pre and post, respiratory department, Infection Prevention);
  • Synthesizes components of assessment in an ongoing and systematic manner focusing on physiologic, psychosocial, and cognitive status. May not give medications or initiate Intravenous Therapy;
  • Attends and observes selected hospital-wide committee meetings. Submits reflections on experiences;

NSPIRE Nurse Qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited Associate Degree or BSN program. GPA-minimum 3.0;
    • New RNs hired without a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing will be required to obtain a BSN within 3 years as a condition of employment.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Clinical Instructors;
  • CPR/BLS certification from the American Heart Association;
  • Ability to work varied days and varied hours;
  • Ability to learn quickly in immersive environments.
  • Current team members are eligible to apply.

How To Apply

Visit https://jobs.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/nursing-opportunities and enter keyword NSPIRE to learn more.


Contact Micki Patrick, director, Nursing Education at mildred.patrick@hmhn.org or 848-888-2303.

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