Nursing Philanthropy | Hackensack Meridian Health   

Nursing Philanthropy | Hackensack Meridian Health

Nursing Philanthropy Council LogoHackensack Meridian Health nurses are empowered by gratitude.
Gratitude is an essential part of patient and family healing, and also helps to advance exceptional patient care. In partnership with the Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation, the Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing Philanthropy Council was launched in 2022 to support nurses in their clinical advancement and education. Give Now

About Our Nurses

The work of our more than 8,600 nurses extends way beyond the essential role they play providing care to our patients at the bedside.
  • Displaying the compassion the nursing profession is renowned for, Hackensack Meridian nurses live our mission of humanizing care as they so bravely ensure that no patient dies alone.
  • With creativity and innovation, our nurses serve as a lifeline for patients and their loved ones. They act as surrogate family members and advocates for our patients, address the isolation and loneliness patients can experience and help to keep families connected.
  • With competence and an overarching commitment to knowledge-sharing and collaboration, our nursing team is on the forefront of research and education. Quality improvement initiatives and educational achievements offer new pathways to patient safety, enhanced care and improved outcomes.
  • With four academic medical centers, nine community hospitals, a behavioral health hospital, two children’s hospitals, two rehabilitation hospitals and more than 500 other patient care locations, the breadth of opportunities within Hackensack Meridian means nurses can build a career within a range of settings, disciplines and locations.
  • Hackensack Meridian is one of the most recognized health care networks in the country for nursing excellence with seven Magnet® designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our hospitals have received Magnet® 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. 

Our Nursing Priorities

New Career Initiative

Nursing is at the heart of health care. Nurses interact with patients 24 hours a day, providing extraordinary clinical care while acting as caregiver, advocate, intermediary and counselor. Nursing staff are the key to successful outcomes, engaging with the patient, their families, physicians and technicians at every turn. Hackensack Meridian is seeking funds to support an innovative nursing recruitment program. Through the New Career Initiative, Hackensack Meridian will provide loan forgiveness incentives to talented students in accelerated degree programs in exchange for a three-year commitment to work within the Hackensack Meridian Health network. Providing a pipeline for new nursing talent enhances our ability to provide exceptional patient care. By offering the best nursing students the financial support, training and first-destination career opportunities they need, Hackensack Meridian will improve patient outcomes and boldly transform the nursing profession to deliver the highest quality, humanistic care.

Sheila Cancro Institute for Nursing Leadership and Practice Excellence

Building on its strong foundation of nursing excellence and innovation, Hackensack Meridian has launched the Sheila Cancro Institute for Nursing Leadership and Practice Excellence to advance its mission of humanizing care through the art and science of nursing. As one fully integrated entity, the Institute will effectively align nursing practice across the network, providing infrastructure, support and advocacy for Hackensack Meridian Health nurses as they advance their careers, education and research. With a vision to boldly transform the nursing profession and provide a centralized structure that will serve to empower the voice of nursing, the Institute is organized into the following key bodies:
  • Center for Quality and Safety
    Drive initiatives and activities to support our deep commitment to quality and safety, improving the experience of health care for our patients and team members.
  • Center for Academics, Research and Scholarship
    Ensure opportunities for nurses to grow their skills in multiple ways and continuously expand their knowledge despite any financial barriers.
  • Center for Nursing Leadership
    Prepare the nurse leaders of today and tomorrow by facilitating structural empowerment and providing pathways to grow and achieve the essential and diverse skills effective nurse leaders require.
  • Center for Advanced Nursing Practice
    Focus on the growth of the advanced nursing practice field by offering resources and support to promote higher-level skill sets to spur career development and professional growth.
  • Center for Enhancement of Shared Decision Making
    Leverage existing strengths and initiatives by providing a structure to support greater engagement of nurses in decision making.
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Virtual Nurse Program

Our virtual nursing program, entering its pilot phase, complements the bedside nursing team with telehealth check-ins from nurses working remotely. Using smart technology, virtual nurses can observe patients, answer questions, coordinate care planning and expedite discharge instructions. The work of virtual nursing staff frees up nurses at the bedside for better coverage and response times.

How You Can Help

Thank you for your support. To give a gift, please click here and select HMH Nursing Clinical Advancement and Education under program type. You may also contact the Foundation at 848-308-5000 or
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