At Hackensack University Medical Center, we’re honored to have over 67% of our certified RNs serving in leadership positions. Nursing leadership provides the framework for direction, creating a pathway for accountability and alignment with organizational strategies while maintaining the distinctiveness of nursing. It is the process and language of transferring strategies into reality, the key to long-term sustained organizational goals and succession planning. Our Blueprint for Nursing Leadership is the foundational requisite that defines leadership, core values and principles.
Through teaching, coaching, mentoring and measurement of outcomes, our leaders inspire confidence in each of our nurses and enable them to carry out our mission to prove that the impossible is possible.
Our nearly 90 Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) who possess advanced education, specialty training and clinical knowledge serve as pivotal members of the multidisciplinary team. They diagnose, prescribe, treat illnesses and obtain medical histories and physical exams. Additionally, they collaborate with other nurses, physicians, patients and families in developing the high quality, collaborative care that our patients and their family members depend upon.
We offer an environment that promotes autonomy, integrity, trust, competence, shared decision-making, collaboration and professional development. There are approximately 2,000 direct care nurses who consistently seek to provide an exceptional patient care experience to every patient, every time.
Without a doubt, nurses thrive at Hackensack University Medical Center. They embody a passion and commitment to our patients and families that is unrivaled. Every day, they translate best evidence into practice and apply creativity and insight to achieve extraordinary outcomes for our patients.
Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to have close to 50 Nurse Educators dedicated to continuous learning and sharing their clinical and professional insight with our staff. Education specialists are Master’s-prepared in nursing, and have expertise in curriculum development and the educational process. Additionally, they possess clinical expertise within their designated specialty, and provide clinical and classroom instruction as well as consultation. There are also unit-based, Master’s-prepared nursing educators located in larger specialty areas that collaborate with, and sometimes report to, the Department of Clinical Education and teach in both the classroom and clinical setting.
From nursing orientation programs to curriculum development, classroom and clinical instruction, their invaluable knowledge is integral to our ability to continuously provide unsurpassed care.
Nursing Assistants support patients with their healthcare needs and activities of daily living, while providing bedside care – including basic nursing procedures. They are essential to observing the patient’s condition and communicating their findings to the nurse. In some cases, they are actually an extension of our nurses – often referred to as the “nurse’s eyes and ears.” The nursing assistant is an important member of the healthcare team and possesses a great deal of experience and ability.
Patient Care Technicians
Almost 60 Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care. In this vital role, they sometimes have more direct patient contact than any other team members, including doctors and nurses.
PCTs possess the same skills and abilities as nursing assistants, but also have additional training and skills such as the ability to perform phlebotomy, lead EKGs and apply various orthopedic skills.
As an essential member of our Nursing team, the Unit Clerk is the very first person our patients see when entering the unit – greeting people with a smile and assisting them as needed. As multi-tasking professionals, each of our approximately 177 Unit Clerks are highly trained to deal with a variety of tasks – from assisting with patient transportation to scheduling procedures, keeping family members informed, monitoring inventory and ordering supplies.