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Two N.J. hospitals on top 30 list for being nurse-friendly

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Hackensack University Medical Center and the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson were both selected as in Top 30 list of Nurse-Friendly Hospitals by the Top RN to BSN web site.

"We created this list to showcase the most nurse-friendly hospitals in the U.S. and explore the benefits, programs and facilities available to fresh nursing staff - not least those who've completed or who are looking to achieve a bachelor's degree in the subject," said Amy Bell, the list's lead editor.

"Our hope is that the article will help guide their choices when investigating potential workplaces or training grounds for the future."

St. Joseph's was No. 22 overall.

"It proved its excellence in enhancing the practice of nursing in 2010 when it became the only facility in the world to win the ultimate Magnet honor, the Magnet Prize, that year," the site said.

"Among the many perks for its staff are onsite childcare, an employee assistance program that helps in times of need, and discounts on movies, sporting events and theme park entrance fees. The hospital – which was established in 1867 – can even help its workers get in shape with no-cost health and wellness plans that provide screenings and suggested exercise routines."

Hackensack placed No. 11 overall.

"Its teaching and research facility has gone on to be rewarded with Magnet accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – and moreover it was the first hospital in the nation to be recognized for its excellence in nursing by the same body," the site said. "Comprehensive medical benefits and tuition support for work-associated programs are just some of the perks that staff enjoy.

"In addition, individuals are acknowledged for their great work with such incentives as departmental awards and Most Valuable Team Player honors. Meanwhile, nurses themselves are put under the spotlight during National Nurses Week, which the non-profit hospital marks with keynote speakers and panel talks relevant to its nursing staff."

No hospitals in New York City made the rankings.

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