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A special year of the nurse

2020 was deemed “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” by the World Health Organization, and, as the year progressed and our world experienced an unprecedented pandemic, the true essence of nursing was exemplified.

These extraordinary individuals are vital frontline workers, displaying courage, care and commitment to their patients every day throughout HCA Healthcare.

Despite the added challenges of COVID-19, nurses throughout our organization have consistently shown their resiliency and willingness to go above and beyond for their patients and each other. When HCA Healthcare nurses discover best practices for nursing care, it changes how nursing is practiced across the country. That’s why we support our nurses: to ensure they have the tools and resources needed to provide high-quality, patient-centered and compassionate care to every patient who walks through our doors.

With more than 93,000 nurses throughout our organization, HCA Healthcare is one of the largest employers of nurses in the U.S. We are committed to supporting our nurses and providing education and development resources so they can continue to excel.

  • 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 our StaRN (Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses) program for first-year nurses allow nurses to move with confidence from the classroom to the bedside.

  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Advanced Leadership Program, in partnership with the American Nurses Association, helps nurses gain the skills needed to move into leadership roles.

  • The HCA Inspire app provides quick access to nurses’ schedules and offers nurses the chance to recognize excellence, chart professional growth, connect with a mentor and more.

  • Charge Nurse Leadership Certificate

Rebecca Flannelly TriStar Summit Medical Center

Rebecca Flannelly, MSN, RN, CMSRN
TriStar Summit Medical Center

Galen College of Nursing

Galen College of Nursing joined the HCA Healthcare family in 2020, bringing together two leading nursing organizations and creating the country's largest academic practice partnership, to increase access to education and provide nursing career development opportunities that will positively impact patient care.

While the pandemic has been challenging for nurses around the world, it also has provided teachable moments for those new to the profession. Working with Galen and other nursing schools around the U.S., HCA Healthcare is creating additional learning opportunities to support vaccination efforts.

While we remain focused on the present, we are looking at innovative ways to enhance nursing education. Several new technologies that have been used will continue to lead to innovation and access to nursing education. A great example is supplementing education with virtual advanced simulation education and virtual classrooms for those who have difficulty getting to a campus.

Galen College of Nursing