What is the StaRN Program?
The StaRN program is a unique educational opportunity to meet a critical need for specialty nurses. It is innovatively designed to provide intense post graduate training to newly licensed nurses. The paid 10-14 week program combines classroom instruction, a robust simulation experience and hands-on clinical training done at the hiring facility. Upon completion, the newly licensed nurses are equipped with the knowledge and skill set typically found in a more experienced staff nurse. The Program is designed for Med/Surg, Telemetry, Behavioral Health, and Critical Care Nurses. Separate training programs are available for other specialty areas.
What does StaRN stand for?
The acronym StaRN stands for “Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses.”
What is the program comprised of?
The program is comprised of a combination of didactic training, high definition simulation, eLearning days, facility days and clinical preceptorship at the sponsoring facility. StaRN is concentrated training prior to hospital employment. The newly licensed nurse is not only oriented to the facility in which he or she will be working, but is better prepared for a standard patient assignment upon successful completion of the 10- 14 week program.
What is the program content?
The program is based on the Mosby’s / Elsevier Medical Surgical core curriculum. Many of the
division and/or facility specific training initiatives will be incorporated as well. Depending on
the HCA Division, StaRN Residents will earn the following certifications based on the HCA
Division Job Description Requirements: AHA BLS, ACLS, NIH Stroke Scale, and CPI
Certification. Residents will also be introduced and trained on facility Electronic Health
Record by HealthTrust and / or the facility education team. The participants must also
successfully complete a didactic and Basic Dysrhythmia final exam.
When do the Residents become hospital employees?
All Residents will transition to the facility’s payroll following successful completion of the 10 ‐
14 week StaRN program
How long does the program last?
The program runs for approximately 10 ‐ 14 weeks. The first six to seven (6‐7) weeks includes
a combination of didactic education and skills, eLearning, facility days and simulation. The
remaining four to seven (4 – 7) weeks is spent at the sponsoring facility working with a clinical
Preceptor from the hiring facility.
How will Residents hours be classified for productivity purposes?
All Residents will be on HealthTrust payroll for the duration of the 10 ‐ 14 week training. At
time of completion, the Residents will be transferred to the facility payroll.
Are the nurses paid during the training?
Yes, Residents are paid an hourly wage during the 10 – 14 week program. Residents are
categorized as non‐exempt, temporary HealthTrust employees during the program.
What is expected of the Residents during the StaRN program?
All Residents are required to be present and on‐time for EVERY day of didactic, facility days,
simulation and Preceptorship. There is a significant amount of instruction provided each day,
and there is no opportunity for “make up” days in the StaRN program. All Residents are
expected to come to class daily prepared with laptop, stethoscope, dressed appropriately,
and with a professional, engaged and courteous attitude at all times.
What is the schedule of the StaRN program?
The schedule may vary slightly depending on market request, timing and resource demands. Typically the program includes the following:
- Medical Surgical/Telemetry/BH/Step-Down/Critical Care nurses
- Includes 6 weeks didactic/simulation instruction:
MST- Includes 4 weeks of Clinical Preceptorship
- Classroom, Skills, Certification Days
- Independent Study Days to Complete online requirements
- Simulation Days
- Facility Days and Facility Monday
- Critical Care / BH
- Includes 7 Weeks of instruction where additional, specialty‐specific training
- ICU - Includes 7 weeks of Clinical Preceptorship
- BH – Includes 6 weeks of Clinical Preceptorship
Who are the preceptors?
The Preceptors are selected by the hiring manager at the facility. Depending on the market,
the Preceptors may attend a 4 hour orientation program sponsored by HealthTrust. The
orientation is designed to introduce the Preceptors to the StaRN program, content and
expectations during Preceptorship. The Resident and Preceptor spend time together
reviewing behavior, interpersonal, basic medical surgical knowledge, and basic math ability
assessments that were completed by the Resident on the first day of the program. They also
complete ntrinsx training to help recognize and appreciate personality strengths and
preferences of self and others and improve communication for professional success.
Depending on the market, the Preceptors are also provided with the AACN Preceptor
Challenge Course available online through our learning center platform
Where will the training be conducted?
- Didactic / Skills classroom instruction will be held at a centrally agreed upon location (facility training room, hotel, or college classroom)
- Simulation is typically held at the sponsoring facility in a closed unit or adjacent office building, or partner with local simulation center in the market (usually physician training center).
- Facility Days will be held at the sponsoring facility for each resident.
How are candidates selected?
The sourcing and recruiting of candidates will be the responsibility of the facility and
recruitment team. Once interviewed and selected, HealthTrust will begin the on‐boarding
process to include background screen and license verification. The facility will complete the
normal health information / requirement screening as well as the drug screening and forward
to HealthTrust when completed.
Do the Residents pay for the program?
No. The hospital pays a placement fee that covers the cost of the StaRN program for the
Is there a facility commitment following the training?
Depending on the market, some participating nurses make a two‐year commitment to
work at the sponsoring hospital. Residents may be obligated to repay a pro‐rated portion
of the educational costs should they break that commitment.
Does a candidate need to have their nursing license to enter the program?
Upon entering the StaRN program, all candidates MUST have their ATT letter to sit for their
licensure exam (at a minimum). It is strongly preferred (and required in some markets) for
candidates to have already have tested and have their license.