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Nursing is the cornerstone of our mission.

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

You've taken all the necessary steps to become a great nurse. Now get your nursing career started on the right foot by joining the HCA Healthcare family. We are here to support you through career growth opportunities, continuing education, and a deep commitment to nursing excellence. Every day, we seek to raise the bar higher, not just for ourselves but for health care everywhere.

We accept applications from nursing students preparing to graduate within the next six months or graduate nursing students with six months or less of experience at the time of application. Intrigued? Don't wait. Apply today!

Benefits and Growth

There are many reasons HCA Healthcare is an employer of choice. We offer fair, innovative, and competitive benefits to support you in all areas of life.  We've worked hard to ensure our nurses have what they want and need - some of the unique benefits we offer include:


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Education Assistance

Education benefits include tuition reimbursement, student loan assistance, clinical certification support, HCA Healthcare Scholars Program, Dependent Scholarship Program, and education and college advising.*

*Eligibility for these education assistance benefits may vary by location.


Career Growth

Clear career pathways that will help you achieve your professional goals, beginning with a full-time position with BLS, ACLS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and Crisis Prevention Institute certifications.


HCA Nurse Care Program

HCA Nurse Care Program is a free, confidential program designed to help caregivers deal with life's challenges. It is available through our partnership with Charles Nechtem Associates to give our nurses the help they need.


Galen College of Nursing

Whether you're a new nurse or an experienced nurse looking for ongoing development, we make it easier and more affordable to gain certifications and job skills with no tuition cap as the majority owner of the Galen College of Nursing. 

What to expect from your residency

The HCA Healthcare Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN) is a year-long program designed to give you hands-on experience helping establish valuable clinical and critical thinking skills. You will be surrounded by a supportive community of nurse educators, experienced nurses, and fellow residents that promote learning, clinical application, and socialization shepherding you through the transition from student nurse to registered nurse.

The StaRN Residency Program at provides you with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s hospital environment. This paid program will assist you with the transition out of the classroom setting through a formalized series of learning experiences, including: 

  • Advanced clinical training in a specialty area. 
  • Monthly educational sessions. 
  • Preceptorship training with a facility preceptor. 
  • Measurement and evaluation of skills through hands-on simulations. 
  • Mentoring from experienced nurse leaders. 
  • Working collaboratively on an evidence-based practice project. 

Our scale allows nurse residents access to a wider range of opportunities to learn from our specialists, including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Critical Care (ICU)
  • Emergency Room (ER)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Adult Care
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Progressive Care Unit (PCU)
  • Surgical Services
  • Women's Services

Application Process


Accepted Application

The first step is an accepted application once it’s been submitted.


Interviews & Selection

After your application has been accepted, you’ll be contacted for an in-person or phone interview.


Candidate Notification

If you are selected after the interview, you will be notified via email and job dashboard.


Offer Letters Mailed

You will receive an official offer letter in the mail to formally accept the position.


Cohort Start Date

It’s official! The start date is now set and you’ll soon be creating healthier tomorrows!

Jump start your nursing career with us and apply for your job early!

Nurse Residency Program Eligibility Requirements

We accept applications from nursing students who are preparing to graduate within the next six months or graduate nursing students who have six months or less of experience at the time of application.

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Health and wellness

Comprehensive benefits you can count on for your personal and professional health and wellness.

Education and development

We’re actively engaged in the professional development of our nurses, including tuition reimbursement, scholarships, residency programs and more.

Workplace innovations

We aim to accelerate the future of healthcare through bold innovations that address current and anticipated challenges facing our nurses and care teams.

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