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The mission of CentraState’s Department of Nursing is to support the organization by consistently providing holistic, personalized, inclusive, evidence-based, quality nursing care while utilizing appropriate resources to support and improve the health and safety of our community and those we serve. Our vision is to be recognized for providing the highest quality, evidence based nursing care by a resilient, professional work force in a respectful, diversified, caring and healing environment. Read on to learn how CentraState nursing team is working every day to achieve our mission and vision.


Only 8 percent of the approximate 5,800 hospitals in the U.S. have achieved the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet designation for nursing excellence, and CentraState Medical Center holds the elite accomplishment of achieving Magnet® designation four times in a row, making it one of only 2% of hospitals nationwide.

Research shows that Magnet-recognized organizations consistently outperform organizations that have not achieved Magnet status. They have better patient care outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. Magnet-designated organizations are known for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.


CentraState Nursing Professional Development programs support the professional growth of our nurses through robust continuous learning programs and recognition of nursing excellence. In addition to developing the next generation of Nurse Leaders through our Mentorship Program and Nursing Succession Planning Fellowship, nurses have the opportunity to develop individual skills by participation in nursing certification courses in multiple specialties; Lunch and Learn events with topics such as respiratory emergencies, palliative care, CIWA protocol, and stress management; Skills Days held twice a year give all team members the opportunity to enhance clinical competence. We are proud to honor our exceptional nurses during our annual Nursing Excellence awards during Nurse’s Week.


Established in 2012, CentraState’s RN residency program is a 12-month immersive experience that prepares nurses for their dynamic role within the hospital setting. The program provides essential healthcare knowledge while promoting enculturation, retention and supporting positive patient outcomes. Led by a dedicated RN Residency Coordinator, nurse residents receive interactive learning experiences, case study analyses, and more to set them up for success in their careers. To learn more about our RN Residency program, check out the link below.

2023 Lantern Award Recipients

CentraState is one of only six emergency departments in New Jersey  and one of only 53 nationally to earn the coveted Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. The Lantern Award showcases CentraState emergency department’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care, in addition to demonstrating exceptional and innovative leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research performance.

Lantern Award


More about CentraState’s Nursing Department


Total RNs


BSN Degree or Higher


Certified Nurses


Clinical Ladder RNs

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