Recognizing Central Region Employees of the Month (January - March)

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Apr 15, 2021 1:13:58 PM

We are thankful for the dedication and commitment of our exceptional employees! Through every employee's hard work and perseverance, we know that a positive impact is being made in the lives of clinicians and patients around the country. For the first quarter of 2021, we have highlighted below a few Central Region (Texas) employees who went above and beyond in their service to colleagues and clinicians. 

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Topics: HealthTrust, Healthcare Recruitment

Certified Nurses Day 2021: Celebrating and Supporting Lifelong Learners

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Apr 7, 2021 2:00:51 PM

Certified Nurses Day occurs every March 19, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a visionary nursing leader and scholar.

Kenneth Wall, a nurse at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake in Texas, recently achieved his Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification. (left to right) Donna Baptiste, Dr. Karanja, Kenneth Wall, Jennifer Gonzales, Laurie Roth, Yvette Greer.

Florence Nightingale once said, “Let us consider that we are never done as nurses…we must be learning all of our lives.” Like Florence, HCA Healthcare and HealthTrust Workforce Solutions recognize the unique and intrinsic worth of each individual by supporting lifelong learners. On National Certified Nurses Day, we celebrate HCA Healthcare nursing colleagues who have demonstrated advanced skill, knowledge and practice by earning a professional certification in complex nursing care specialties.

“The value of a specialty nursing certification is becoming more important as healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging,” said Steve Tarkington, vice president, HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement.

As a part of our organization’s robust clinical education offerings and support, HCA Healthcare provides qualifying nurses who wish to pursue a specialty certification the opportunity to take advantage of discounted rates, a voucher program and reimbursement upon successfully completing the certification exam.

In 2020, more than 3,753 HCA Healthcare-affiliated registered nurses expanded their professional expertise and advanced their professional skills through the voucher program to earn certification in specialty areas, including:

  • Emergency Services (BCEN)
  • Critical Care (AACN)
  • Surgical Services (CCI)
  • Medical-Surgical (ANCC)
  • Medical-Surgical (ONCB)

According to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the benefits of obtaining a nursing certification include:

  • demonstration that the nurse cares enough to be tested against rigorous standards, confirming their knowledge and skills in a specialty area;
  • creating an environment of professionalism, contributing to staff retention and patient safety;
  • serving as a role model for professional development, lifelong learning and dedication to excellence in patient care, and
  • a sense of pride, fulfillment and empowerment, as well as career advancement. (Research shows nurse leaders prefer hiring a nurse who is certified.)

Thank you to certified nurses across HCA Healthcare and HealthTrust Workforce Solutions for your extraordinary contributions to patient care and your commitment to advancing the nursing practice. Meet a few lifelong learners below…

Cori Morrison, oncology certified nurse at
HCA Healthcare’s Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

“To effectively care for patients, I want to be as educated as possible in all of aspects of nursing and treatment,” said Cori Morrison, an oncology certified nurse at HCA Healthcare’s Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Being certified helps me achieve this and stay in-tune with the ever changing facets of the oncology world.”

Callie Ballenger MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, NPD-BC, division nurse residency coordinator,
HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division

Callie Ballenger, division nurse residency coordinator for HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division, has a background as a Nurse Practitioner and recently achieved her Nursing Professional Development Certification. “I believe in the importance of lifelong learning and always being the best that I can be. I learn a lot from studying for certification exams. I also think it shows the patients that you are caring for and people that you work with that you are dedicated to the profession,” said Callie.

Jenny Weir, double-certified clinical nurse coordinator at
HCA Healthcare’s Los Robles Health System in Thousand Oaks, California

“I love to learn, and our field is ever changing,” says double-certified clinical nurse coordinator Jenny Weir of HCA Healthcare’s Los Robles Health System in Thousand Oaks, California. “I’ve been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 30 years and got certified shortly after in inpatient obstetrics. About two years ago, I achieved certification in electronic fetal monitoring. I wanted to show my peers, doctors and patients my specialized experience and that I meet a national standard of excellence. You can always sharpen your skills and be a resource to others.”
Holly Toscano, certified in Maternal Newborn Nursing, serves HCA Healthcare patients at
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

“With evidence-based practice, nursing is constantly evolving to create better patient outcomes,” said HCA Healthcare colleague Holly Toscano, who is certified in Maternal Newborn Nursing. “As a charge nurse, my certification helps me stay current so I can be a better mentor and resource for our care team and our patients.”

Newly certified nurse Jennifer Gonzales, celebrates with her peers at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake in Texas. (left to right) Beatriz Zamora Leon,
Jennifer Gonzales, Donna Baptiste, Barbara Gonzalez
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Topics: Healthcare, HCA Healthcare, Certified Nurses Day

March 2021 Economic Report Optimistic; 916K Jobs Added

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Apr 5, 2021 2:30:17 PM
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Topics: Jobs Report, march

Louisiana Nurse Gives Back With Convalescent Plasma Donations

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Apr 5, 2021 2:14:43 PM

Lakeview Regional Medical Center nurse Leslie Goertz knows first hand what patients are going through in the COVID-19 unit, after battling the virus herself last April. Once she recovered and returned to work, she wanted to extend her care to the Louisiana community by donating convalescent plasma. Leslie has been donating convalescent plasma every few weeks for the past eight months.

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Topics: Healthcare, HCA Healthcare

U.S. Economic Recovery Gains Steam; Payrolls Surge 379,000 in February 2021

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Mar 5, 2021 2:08:36 PM

Major economic gains were seen in February’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Hiring Situation Report, with the economy adding 379,000 new jobs last month as the pandemic’s winter wave recedes.  The unemployment rate inched down to 6.2% in February from 6.3% in January.  Payrolls remain 9.5 million short of pre-crisis levels. 

Within healthcare, 19,900 new jobs were added in February, with strong gains seen in ambulatory care settings (28,900). Other healthcare settings did not fare as well and continued to demonstrate job loss, with 2,200 hospital jobs and 6,800 nursing care facility jobs disappearing last month. Broader employment in health care and social assistance is down by 909,000 over the year.

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Topics: Jobs Report, February

The Impact of the StaRN Instructor Role

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Mar 1, 2021 2:56:03 PM

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a StaRN Instructor? Well, we had the pleasure of gaining insight from two incredible HWS StaRN instructors who shared their stories with us. 

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Topics: StaRN, Healthcare Jobs, Instructor

HWS CEO & President Brendan Courtney Named to 2021 SIA "Staffing 100" List

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Feb 24, 2021 5:06:38 PM

Brendan Courtney, our President & CEO, was named to Staffing Industry Analysts' "Staffing 100" List for 2021. This annual list highlights the 100 most influential people who impact the workforce ecosystem. 

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Topics: Healthcare, HealthTrust, Healthcare Recruitment

HCA Healthcare Named a 2021 World's Most Ethical Company

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Feb 23, 2021 2:03:12 PM

Infosys_ethical_company_wQVN4el_202102HealthTrust Workforce Solutions is proud to share that our parent company, HCA Healthcare was recognized for the 11th time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical CompaniesHCA Healthcare is one of only seven honorees in the Healthcare Providers category.

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Topics: HCA Healthcare

Donating A Gift From The Heart

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Feb 18, 2021 3:22:28 PM

The gift of blood saves lives, and there is an increased need for blood during the pandemic since blood and platelets cannot be manufactured – they can only come from volunteer donors. Below, meet a couple of HCA Healthcare colleagues who’ve donated blood to help patients and their communities. If you have already donated blood or plasma, log your donation as volunteer service on our giving and serving platform.

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Topics: Health & Safety

49,000 Jobs Created in January 2021 Amid Third Wave of U.S. COVID-19 Cases

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Feb 9, 2021 3:03:29 PM
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Topics: Healthcare, Jobs Report, Coronavirus


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