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We invest in our nurses

To deliver the excellent care patients deserve, HCA Healthcare supports its colleagues in their practice through effective and accessible clinical education. And because we are a learning health system, we offer colleagues assistance in their professional development. See all of the ways our benefits and programs can help nurses at every stage of their career.


With more than 98,000 nurses throughout our organization, we are one of the largest employers of nurses in the United States and know that education is key to excellence.

Nursing Schools

We’ve expanded our commitment to education by becoming the majority owner of the Galen College of Nursing, which joins Research College of Nursing and Mercy School of Nursing as educational facilities within the HCA Healthcare family. 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.

Centers for Clinical Advancement

HCA Healthcare’s advanced simulation centers throughout the US help nurses and other clinicians feel confident and competent in various patient care situations by offering training on best practices and sharing expertise from across the organization. These centers enable colleagues to engage in real-time sessions that simulate high-risk situations, using mannequins to assess patients and develop treatment plans. Simulated situations range from cardio pulmonary emergencies to NICU patient care.

Development & Opportunity

Nurse Residency

Our year-long nurse residency allows first-year nurses to move with confidence from the classroom to the bedside, while unlocking all the promise and possibilities of their careers. Through classroom learning, mentoring and hands-on experience, nurses work with preceptors in a series of different rotations to gain knowledge and skills. The experience can help determine the path they want to take as a nurse, and open doors to help them get there.

Learn more about our nurse residency program.

StaRN Program

Part of the nurse residency program, the StaRN program provides new graduates the opportunity to obtain acute care nursing experience through an intensive 10-17 week paid internship. Participants receive classroom and skills training, simulation training, clinical preceptorship and professional development that enables them to move directly into specialty areas.

ACNO Development

In partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), our Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Advanced Leadership Program helps nurses move into leadership roles. The program is designed to develop the skills needed to become chief nursing officers and includes a three-day group workshop led by the ANA and our own experts. The workshop is followed by four months of virtual learning.

Charge Nurse Leadership Certificate

HCA Healthcare’s Charge Nurse Leadership Certificate is an opportunity for charge nurses to build core leadership skills to ensure exceptional patient care and contribute positive business results. In total, 4,400 nurses have earned their Charge Nurse Leadership Certificate.

The advantages of a nursing career with HCA Healthcare are endless. Learn more about our complete benefits package and check out these benefits that have a great impact on our nursing family.

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