Inaugural Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing
Students Receive degree

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh, Public Affairs Manager

Inaugural Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing
Students Receive degree

Last night on the campus of Georgian Court University, thirty students received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees as the first class to graduate from the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing.

This four year nursing program, a partnership between Georgian Court University and Meridian Health, was launched in 2008 to help address the escalating nursing shortage in New Jersey and nationally. The program, designed by educated nursing professionals, prepares professional nurses, working in collaboration with other members of the health care team, to provide holistic, patient-centered care. Through participation in the teaching-learning process, graduates of the program are able to integrate scientific evidence with the health care needs and values of patients, families, groups, and communities.

"We congratulate these graduates on this outstanding accomplishment," says Rich Hader, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Meridian Health. "These are special nurses not just because they are part of the first graduating class, but because they will be providing the best care to their patients."

Even though vacancies in the nursing are down, there is expected to be a nursing shortage over the next five years. Many programs struggle with finding faculty for nursing, but Georgian Court has been able to offer so many wonderful experiences through its relationship with Meridian Health.

"The partnership between Georgian Court and Meridian Health has given me the chance to enter my chosen profession working as a patient care associate, extern, and intern during my four years of study," says Rebecca Wishbow, graduate of the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing. "I am now looking forward to the future, feeling prepared and empowered to move on to the next phase of ultimately becoming the best nurse and best person I can be."

For more information about the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing, visit

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health ( is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.