Good news for nurses: Specialty nurses are earning more money than some doctors early in their careers, while also incurring less student loan debt.
Matthew Rickmon, RN is our next clinical HealthTrust Hero! Matthew began his career with HealthTrust in the StaRN program as a learner and now works for HCA’s LewisGale Regional Health System in Virginia. Most recently, he earned the distinction of “Rookie RN of the Year” in HCA’s Southwest Virginia market.
“The skills practiced in StaRN were quite beneficial, many of which were hands-on experiences that were not encountered too often in school/clinicals,” Matthew says. “I believe StaRN is a major contributor to the rate that I have been able to pick up on skills, knowledge, and overall confidence in the real world of nursing.”
Amanda Moss, MSN, RN is a regional education manager for our StaRN program. A registered nurse for more than a decade, Amanda is inspiring new nurses in our Las Vegas market.
StaRN is designed to bridge the skills gap between new and experienced nurses through specialized training. In her role, Amanda is responsible for mentoring and educating newly-licensed nurses through skills training, simulation instruction, and other hands-on activities to prepare the nurses to work in specialized hospital units.
“I love my job,” says Amanda, who began her StaRN career as a clinical instructor. “And I get to teach about my passion.”
Our StaRN program educates thousands of newly-licensed nurses every year using specialized training that bridges the skills gap between new and experienced nurses. After graduating from StaRN, these nursing “rookies” put their hands-on training to the test at HCA facilities around the country.
“StaRN to me was really the perfect stepping stone from graduating school to stepping into the real world of nursing,” says Matthew Rickmon, HCA’s 2016 Rookie Nurse of the Year winner for the Southwest Virginia market. “It truly was that intermediate level that helped prepare me for what was to come.”
As a registered nurse for many years, Paula Phillips knows firsthand that nursing is not just a job. It has become part of her identity and will stay with her for a lifetime.
In addition to week-long celebrations for nurses and hospital staff, May is also the time to celebrate Oncology Nursing Month and National Critical Care Awareness & Recognition Month!
As Nurses Week comes to a close, we would like to thank every nurse who is part of our HealthTrust family.
Thanks for being amazing!
At HealthTrust Workforce Solutions we think nurses are truly amazing.
We see the strength, determination, compassion and selflessness you demonstrate each day as you care for your patients. We know you’ve walked endless miles of hospital halls and have impacted more lives than you know.
The life of being a nurse can be both rewarding and challenging and all in the same day. We are honored to witness some of the happiest, as well as some of the saddest, times in a person’s life. This in itself can have an impact on us: We are human, with amazing hearts full of love, compassion and empathy. How we view these situations can shape our future both personally and professionally.