How do you get the job you want without the experienced required?
The StaRN program helps new nurses overcome a “Catch-22:” They can’t get hired for specialty floors without experience, but they can’t gain specialty experience without getting hired.
StaRN is designed for new Registered Nurses with a desire to work in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, ICU/PCU, ER, OR, Labor & Delivery, Mom-Baby, NICU and Behavioral Health. Today’s healthcare organizations face a constant challenge of hiring and retaining competent nurses in a variety of specialties. Local and newly graduated nurses may be plentiful, but most organizations are not equipped to hire and train in the specialty areas where they have the greatest nursing needs. In many cases, newly licensed nurses are required to work for years in an area that is not their preference while waiting to earn seniority and experience to move into their department of choice. You’ve worked hard to become a nurse, why not seize the opportunity for the job you really want!
An Innovative Solution
Our Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN) helps new nurses overcome the “catch-22” of not having the experience to work in an acute care environment but who can’t gain that experience without the chance to work. StaRN provides full-time post-graduate employment and education through comprehensive didactic, hands-on skills training with robust simulation experiences and a clinical preceptorship at the hiring facility, followed by a full-time position at the facility, upon successful completion of the training program.
The StaRN Process
Among the participating facilities within your market, you select your preferred hospital. An interview with Human Resources, the hiring manager and others is coordinated by the facility. Once interviewed and selected, you will receive detailed information from the StaRN education team. During the StaRN program, you will work with your StaRN instructors to complete the class assignments, skills training, simulation exercises and relevant testing and with your preceptor during the 5 - 12 week preceptorship that follows. At successful program completion, you will be a full-time hospital employee with specialty training, with established relationships and you will be familiar with your facility’s values and culture. Upon hire, you agree to a 2-year work commitment to the facility that sponsored your training.
Benefits of Being a StaRN Nurse
The StaRN program curriculum is based on evidence-based practice, National Standards and HCA Clinical Standards of Excellence. Facility specific training initiatives are incorporated as well. In addition to having a full-time position, upon successful completion of the program and relevant exams, you will be BLS, ACLS, NIH Stroke Scale and CPI certified and other certifications for certain specialty programs. The program will also provide introduction and training to the EMR system for your facility.
As a StaRN nurse, you will be a full-time, paid employee in a three phased program spanning classroom/hands-on skills training, simulation and preceptorship.
Each week of Initial Training Includes:
- Clinical instruction by subject matter experts
- Self-directed e-learning spent on the evidence-based practice online courses
- State-of-the-art simulation training
- Scenarios developed and managed by clinical experts
- Interaction with physicians and nurses
- Comprehensive debriefing
The Clinical Preceptorship:
- Starts immediately after didactic and simulation training
- Completed in the hiring unit at your facility
- Includes regular development meetings between the nurse the preceptor and the manager of the unit during the preceptor phase of the program
The program also provides a four-hour workshop for facility preceptors who will mentor new nurses into their department. The StaRN nurse will meet their preceptor during this workshop. Topics include:
- Feedback techniques
- How to describe what is required for patient-centered care and how to improve the patient experience existing resources
HCA Healthcare provides industry-leading support for nurses though our company-wide nursing strategy plan, including external educational reimbursement, internal professional development, local nursing practice councils and recognition programs. We continually update our outstanding rewards which include medical, dental and vision benefits, life insurance, and more:
education programs delivered
online, in classrooms or in
new simulation centers
Nationwide tuition reimbursement
up to $5,250/year IRS limit*
Paid family leave to bond with
a new child or provide care
for a family member with a
serious health condition
A 401k match that
increases with your tenure
*Positions covered by a collective bargaining agreement aren't eligible unless the CBA allows it. Please ask your recruiters for specifics.
Who do I address my cover letter to?
Address cover letters to 'Nurse Recruiter'. Please ensure that the cover letter is geared toward Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and not another organization.
Who do I send my letters of reference to?
Letters of reference are not required to apply for a position. Should you choose to include references, you may upload as an attachment during the application process. You may also bring references to your face to face interview with the department.
When is the application deadline for the StaRN Residency?
There is no deadline, however it is highly recommended to apply as soon as the positions open. Positions typically open two months following the previous cohort start date. For example, if you intend to start in January, positions will typically open in October (following the September group). Positions may continue to open and close until all positions are filled.
Do you accept out of state applicants?
Yes! LPDS accepts qualified RN Residents from out of state who are serious in a position and plan to move to the El Paso area prior to the cohort date.
If you are actively in the process of relocating to the area please indicate that upon applying. It’s a good idea to visit the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners website, as well as your own state Board of Nursing for information on obtaining Texas licensure. This process can delay your start date if not completed appropriately so please think ahead.
How long is the commitment to Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare invests a significant amount of time and resources in each RN Resident. We do expect a commitment from each RN Resident that is accepted into the program. The commitment time periods and details will be covered by your Recruiter.
How do I apply?
All open RN Resident positions will be titled with “RN Resident”. Please do not apply to other RN positions. These are for experienced nurses with at least one year of experience.