Nursing Education at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

Gloria Jones-Bey Nursing Assistant Program

The Gloria Jones-Bey Nursing Assistant Program is designed to better prepare UnityPoint Health - Meriter to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.  This new program is named in honor of Gloria Jones-Bey, a former Vice President at Meriter Hospital and respected African American nursing professional in the Madison community.  

With financial support from Meriter Foundation, the program offers scholarships to current Meriter employees of color to prepare them to pass the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Competency Exam and be placed on the state registry, which will allow them to begin a career in healthcare with UPH-Meriter.

About Gloria Jones-Bey

Gloria Jones-Bey was born in Georgia, raised in New York, and began her career as a medical technician.  In 1967, she graduated magna cum laude from Long Island University, earned a Master's in Public Administration from New York University in 1971 and completed post-graduate work in health care economics.  

Gloria's career in nursing administration spanned 25 years, ranging from Assistant Director at a teaching hospital in New York to Vice President of Patient Care at Meriter Hospital.  She came to Madison in 1978 and contributed significantly to innovative program development and quality improvement at Meriter Hospital, until she retired in 1995. 

She continued to serve on the Meriter Hospital Ethics Committee and Board of Directors.  In her retirement, she turned to teaching.  She helped develop Edgewood's Graduate Nursing Program and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the college in 2001. She taught undergraduate students in the business program at Madison College until her passing in 2016. For her entire career, she advocated for nurses and worked diligently for quality nursing care.