Program includes opportunities within 13 care areas at 22 facilities across three states

TriStar Division of HCA has established a nurse residency program for hiring new graduate registered nurses into the hospital care environment. Opportunities are available in a variety of patient care areas, facility sizes and geographical locations.

The TriStar Nurse Residency Program is a full-time, entry-level registered nurse career opportunity that supports new graduates as they transition from student nurse into the professional nursing role responsible for patient care in a hospital unit.

“Nurse Residency programs are proven to build confidence and proficiency in delivering quality patient care, and to develop future nurse leaders,” said Debianne Peterman, Ph.D., MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC, vice president of clinical education and professional development for TriStar Division. “Our curriculum is designed to progressively support nurse residents first as individuals while they gain experience and confidence in their ability to provide patient care and then as part of the care team as curriculum evolves into more holistic discussions such as how they contribute to improving patient care in their hospital.”

Nurse residents begin their career with a 12-month, formalized series of learning experiences that include monthly educational sessions, guided clinical with preceptors, mentoring and debriefing with experienced nurse leaders, measurement and evaluation of skills through hands-on simulations, and working collaboratively on an evidence-based practice project.

Educational sessions include patient experience, crucial accountability, crucial conversations, ethics, culture of safety, charge nurse fundamentals and preceptor development.

Participants also benefit from a peer network and professional development planning for career progression. Nurse residency is the first step in a nursing pathway for a career that can grow within a single facility or expand to one of more than 160 hospitals across the country and in the United Kingdom.

“Accepting a nurse resident opportunity with TriStar opens the door to a nursing career pathway within one company that includes growth opportunities at the nurse residency facility, across the country and even in the United Kingdom,” said Dr. Peterman. “The nurse and our company benefit from a uniform program that includes new graduate registered nurses as part of an overall strategy to help meet current and future nursing needs in TriStar Division and across HCA.”

TriStar will offer two nurse residency cohorts, or groups, annually. Each cohort will offer opportunities in 13 patient care areas at 22 hospitals located in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Nurse resident positions are available in more than 20 specifics units including behavioral health, critical care, emergency room, inpatient rehabilitation, medical-surgical, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, progressive care, surgical services, trauma and women’s services.

Eligibility criteria includes being eligible to graduate from an accredited program or having less than six months’ experience as a graduate nurse; a 3.0 grade point average; and accepting a two-year commitment. Selection includes an interview with nurse leaders and peers from the care area of choice.

Applications are currently being accepted through Sept. 23, 2016, for the inaugural Winter 2017 Cohort that begins Feb. 13, 2017.

To apply for the residency or for more information about the program, upcoming cohort opportunities or working for TriStar, visit