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Nurse Residency (RN) - StaRN Program

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HCA West Florida is proud to offer new RN graduates training opportunities in their preferred specialties.

The StaRN program is a 12 - 14 week PAID Nurse Residency program. It will prepare new RN graduates with the training and skills to successfully kick start their careers in an acute care environment. Starting rate of pay for non-critical care is $24.87 and critical care pays $25.81 an hour. StaRN learners will receive one year worth of credit upon completion of the program and any additional credit for other previous healthcare experience, including, but not limited to: C.N.A., Monitor Tech, Unit Secretary, etc.. Career opportunities will vary and are offered based on actual needs of the hospital. Units that typically hire StaRN residents include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Surgical

  • Oncology

  • Ortho

  • Neuro

  • Progressive / Transitional Care

  • Stepdown

  • ICU

2018 StaRN schedule is as follows:

May 21, 2018

June 25, 2018

July 30, 2018

August 20, 2018

August 27, 2018 - Emergency Services

September 24, 2018

October 15, 2018 - Emergency Services

October 29, 2018

November 12, 2018

December 3, 2018

Part 1: StaRN Training ‚ First 5 to 6 Weeks (depending on specialty):

Instructor-led classroom training

  • State-of-the-art simulation including comprehensive debriefs

  • Self-directed / on-line learning

  • BLS/ACLS training and certification

  • NIH Stroke Scale training and certification

  • CPI training and certification

  • Meditech Training and Validation

Typical schedule is Monday - Friday, 8am ‚ 5pm

Part 2: StaRN Clinical Preceptorship ‚ Next 6 to 14 Weeks (depending on specialty):

  • Conducted at the hospital on the hired unit

  • You will be assigned a preceptor to help train and get you acclimated to your RN role

  • Ongoing development meetings between the resident, preceptor and their Director

  • Customized coaching/onboarding report for clinical preceptorship

Typical schedule is 3 x 12 hour shifts at the hospital

Part 3: HCA Residency Program ‚ Remainder of your 1st year

  • Upon successful completion of the StaRN Program, residents will transition to their full-time roles at the hospital

  • All residents pay rates will increase to the 1 year RN hourly rates (plus any additional credit for previous qualified healthcare experience)

  • Nurse Residents continue professional development through routine interactions with a mentor (meet at least once a month)

  • Attend a monthly residency seminar to continue education and career development

  • Complete an evidence-based capstone project

Military Info& Eligibility:
HCA is dedicated to hiring our American Heroes and bringing those iconic military branch values and work ethic to join our teams and provide care to our communities while ensuring our military and their families‚ success in the civilian work sector.

This job posting is ongoing and applications are welcome at all times. A recruiter will contact you upon receipt of application to discuss available opportunities, shifts and locations. To learn more about this opportunity, or should you wish to speak with a Recruiter, please contact Sherry Dalpe at 813-226-7064, or sherry.dalpe@hcahealthcare.com.

Graduate of an accredited nursing school within the past 12-months.

Florida RN Licensure required prior to program start.

Previous medical or service industry experience highly desired, but not required.

Self-motivated and strong communication skills required.

Candidates who will love our patients are preferred!



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