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HCA Far West StaRN Program 

Accelerate your nursing career by joining our Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN) program!  We invite new graduate registered nurses to apply for a unique opportunity to have didactic and clinical training by HealthTrust (a part of the HCA family). The number of StaRN's and units will depend on the needs of the facility.

The StaRN Program is primarily designed to provide the graduate nurse with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s hospital environment.

StaRN will provide the graduate nurse the transition out of the classroom setting and onto the unit by providing the following training:

    • Didactic training: introduces nurses to core curriculum and hospital initiatives in a classroom setting 
    • Simulation training: reinforces nursing skills learned in the didactic setting
    • Hands on training: with a facility preceptor in your nursing unit 
    • And ongoing support: with the residency program through the first year or your nursing career

HCA is a comprehensive healthcare network where 270,000 people across 2,000 care facilities are committed to creating a positive impact every day. It's an organization whose scale enables caregivers to deliver great outcomes for patients and gives colleagues unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. Most importantly, as a part of HCA Healthcare we're connected to something bigger, which means more resources, more solutions and more possibilities for everyone who walks through our doors. What matters most to our diverse and talented colleagues is giving people the absolute best healthcare possible. Every day, we seek to raise the bar higher, not just for ourselves but for healthcare everywhere. Learn more at HCAHealthcare.com

We have what you're looking for... and more!

  • Established and structured orientation program for new grad RN's
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Robust benefits and rewards
  • Great opportunity for career development and growth
  • Supportive team environment
  • Defined expectations for new grad RN's

Whether you are just starting out and are interested in our graduate nurse program (StaRN) or you already have a solid foundation in nursing and are looking to transition to a specialty such as the Emergency Department, Intesnive Care Unit, Operating Room or Labor and Delivery... we have you covered with our nurse residency/internship programs. HCA offers a career pathway unlike any other. 

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1. How long is the StaRN program?
The program is a total of 12-16 weeks. The first is 5-6 Weeks of didactic, including interactive classroom discussion with experienced StaRN Instructors. During the training time (first 5-6 weeks), the schedule will be Monday- Friday, with 40 hour work weeks. Most days will be in typical business hours (8 AM- 5 PM). After this training period, the shifts will transition to the facility for the preceptor portion of the cohort. This will be either 8 or 12 hours shifts, depending on the unit you are selected for.
2. Do I need to be BLS certified to apply?
No, you will receive all certifications needed for the unit you are selected for. Here are some of the certifications offered:
Additional certifications offered based on specialty:
NIH Stroke Scale
3. Can I apply if I don’t have my RN license yet?
Yes, you can apply before you are licensed. However, you will need to have passed the NCLEX 3 weeks prior to starting the cohort. We are NOT able to allow you to start in a cohort with a temporary license.
4. How does the two-year commitment work?
The two-year commitment is for full time employment to the facility and we require you remain on the unit you start on for at least one year before transferring to another unit within the same facility. You are permitted to switch shifts from nights to days or days to nights if there is an opening on your unit.
5. What is the HCA Nurse Residency and is that different from the StaRN training?
While the StaRN internship builds your clinical foundation as you orient to acute care we also offer the HCA Nurse Residency program to build your professional foundation for the rest of your nursing career. This residency program will begin once you have completed the internship and runs for the remainder of your first year with the hospital. The HCA Nurse Residency offers mentorship support for new nurses, monthly seminars, and an evidence-based capstone project. Exceptional evidenced-based findings in the capstone project will be recognized by the organization and possible implemented throughout the company.
6. Can out-of-state candidates apply?
Yes. StaRN is a great option for out-of-state nurse graduates because it transitions you to our health system and processes in addition to transitioning you into a nursing role in the hospital setting. You will also get the opportunity to build friendships with other graduate nurses. Out of state applicants must be open to traveling to the facility for interviews to be considered for any StaRN positions.
7. What units are offered?
Depending on the needs of the facility we have several tracks for our StaRN new grads – a wide variety of oncology, ICU step-down, ICU, and ED are available with our StaRN cohorts. We will also have separately posted cohorts for Women’s Services, NICU, and OR. Your recruiter will be able to notify you of the units that will be interviewing for each cohort and can also discuss options for career growth.
8. After I complete the application, what are the next steps?
The position will be posted for approximately 4 weeks, due to the higher volume of candidates it may take additional time to hear back from the recruitment team. Generally the application, review, interview and selection process can take around six weeks. When you complete your application you will receive the HealthcareSource Assessment via email. Please remember to complete this Assessment. If the survey has not been completed, you will not be able to move forward in the interview process. Since this survey is auto-generated, it can sometimes end up in your spam or junk folder, so please check those folders if you do not receive it right away.

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