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The StaRN Nursing Education Program

Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses

The Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN) program is a unique apprenticeship opportunity to meet a critical need for specialty nurses that is facilitated by HealthTrust (formally Parallon), an HCA company. It is innovatively designed to provide intense post graduate training to newly licensed nurses. The intensive 13-week program combines classroom instruction, a robust simulation experience and hands-on clinical training, done at the hiring facility. Upon completion, the nursing graduates are equipped with knowledge, skills, certifications, familiarity with the facility and staff, exposure to the hospital’s EMR and actual work experience in their unit through preceptorship. The program is designed for Med/Surg, Telemetry, ICU and PCU.

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What is the program comprised of?

The program is comprised of a combination of didactic classroom and hands-on skills training, certification testing, high definition simulation and clinical preceptorship at the sponsoring facility.

What is the program content?

The program is based on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) core curriculum. Many of the division and/or facility specific training initiatives are incorporated as well. Learners will be BLS, ACLS, NIH Stroke Scale and CPI certified. Learners will also be trained on Meditech.

How long does the program last?

The program runs for 13 weeks. The first six to seven weeks include a combination of didactic education and simulation. The remaining six to seven weeks is spent at the sponsoring facility working with a clinical preceptor from the facility.

How will learner hours be classified for productivity purposes?

All learners will be on HealthTrust payroll for the duration of the 13 week training. At time of completion, the learners will be transferred to the facility payroll. As such, they will not be counted in the facility FTE’s until completion of the training.

Are the learners paid during the training?

Yes, StaRN is a paid apprenticeship program.

What is expected of the learner during the StaRN program?

All learners are required to be present and on-time each day. There is a significant amount of instruction provided each day. The material builds upon itself each week. There are no make-ups in StaRN. Candidates will have seven (7) home study days during the didactic/simulation portion of the program, which they can use to sit for the NCLEX examination if necessary. All learners are expected to come to class daily prepared with laptop and stethoscope, dressed appropriately, and with a professional, engaged, and courteous attitude at all times.

What is the schedule of the StaRN program?

Various StaRN programs run concurrently across the United States in various markets.

  • Medical Surgical/Telemetry students will finish their didactic / simulation portion after 6 weeks. Those Medical Surgical/Telemetry learners will report to their facility on the Friday following graduation from classroom on a Thursday to the start of the preceptorship on that Sunday. On this Friday, the learner will, for example, spend time in the ER starting IV’s, in Lab with phlebotomy, or perhaps with the Unit secretary. Clinical Preceptorship begins on the next scheduled shift of the preceptor assigned to the student. The Clinical Preceptorship will run for seven weeks.
  • Critical Care students will finish their didactic / simulation portion one week later. On their last Friday of classroom, the ICU learners will report to their facility to allow time in acclimating to the facility to spend time in the ER starting IV’s, in Lab with phlebotomy, or perhaps with the Unit secretary. Clinical Preceptorship begins on the next scheduled shift of the preceptor assigned to the student. The Clinical Preceptorship will run for six weeks.

Who are the preceptors?

All preceptors are current facility nurses, selected by the facility for preceptorship opportunities. StaRN recommends selection criteria to assist in the selection. Preceptors attend a 1 day StaRN preceptor training class. The learner and preceptor meet on this day and spend time together. Preceptors must successfully complete the AACN Preceptor Challenge in Healthstream and will be assigned the course by HealthTrust.

Where will the training be conducted?

Didactic & Simulation and Skills labs will be held at the Research College of Nursing.

Preceptorship is held in the hiring unit at the facility where the nurse will be working upon successful completion of the program.

Do the learners pay for the program? Is there a facility commitment following the training?

No. During the program, the learners are paid as full-time salaried/non-except employees. In exchange, the participating nurses make a two-year commitment to work at the sponsor hospital.

Does a candidate need to have their nursing license to enter the program?

Upon entering the StaRN program all candidates should have a Kansas or Missouri state RN license or prepared to take boards.