Nursing at HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare nurses work hard to raise the bar for our patients, our organization and our profession. That’s why we invest in leading-edge technologies, infrastructure and clinical education to help make HCA Healthcare the premier career destination for nurses.

Making a Difference

Nurses are at the forefront of our commitment to the care and improvement of human life. At HCA Healthcare, there are multiple ways for nurses to influence strategies and decisions related to patient care, share best practices and make a difference:

  • Specialty advisory councils govern how best practices are shared across our hospitals.
  • Our Unit of Distinction program honors the “best-of-the-best” nursing units in a number of specialties.
  • Our career opportunities for nursing span all levels—from the frontlines to administration, and everything in between.

Nurse-Focused Technologies

HCA Healthcare nurses are equipped with technologies that maximize efficiencies so they can spend their time doing what they do best: caring for patients.

  • Our Orbit app allows nurse leaders to document patient feedback that is used to improve patients’ care experience and recognize colleagues for exceptional care.
  • The iMobile app gives caregivers a secure mobile platform for communicating across a facility.
  • Our Vitals Now system automatically monitors vital signs and records them in the electronic health record.
  • The ICON (Integrated Clinical Operational Navigation)* platform will support improved performance through planning, best-practice sharing and cross-functional communication.
  • Our HCA Inspire* app will give nurses a way to connect with and recognize each other; access professional development tools, mentoring and advice, and sample career paths.
  • HCA Vision* will turn in-room televisions into communication hubs for patients and care teams.
  • Our nurse call systems will soon allow for integrations with key applications to improve workflow.

* Programs not fully deployed as of Dec. 31, 2019

Units of Distinction

Through our Unit of Distinction program, we celebrate nursing units that are raising the bar for the nursing profession. In 2019, approximately 2,200 HCA Healthcare nursing units participated in the program and were scored on approximately 20 different criteria to determine which would receive the 2019 Unit of Distinction honor. The winning units’ scores are in the top five percent of all HCA Healthcare medical-surgical, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, behavioral health, and women’s and children’s nursing units.

Additionally in 2019, another 106 units achieved scores ranking them within the top 6 to 10% of all HCA Healthcare units, earning an honorable mention designation.

Nurse Education and Career Development

With more than 98,000 nurses throughout our organization, HCA Healthcare is one of the largest employers of nurses in the United States. We know that education and development are key to excellence. These are some of the ways we help HCA Healthcare nurses grow:

  • Nursing education and ongoing development are available within the HCA Healthcare family at Galen College of Nursing, Research College of Nursing and Mercy School of Nursing.
  • Centers for Clinical Advancement across the U.S. help nurses and other clinicians feel confident and competent in patient care situations by offering training on best practices and sharing expertise in simulation environments.
  • Nurse residency programs and StaRN (Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses) allow first-year nurses to move with confidence from the classroom to the bedside.
  • Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Advanced Leadership Program, in partnership with the American Nurses Association, helps nurses gain skills needed to move into leadership roles.
  • Charge Nurse Leadership Certificate is an opportunity for charge nurses to build core leadership skills to drive exceptional patient care and contribute to positive business results.