Coping With the Stress of COVID-19 From the Perspective of a Nurse

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on May 14, 2021 4:22:57 PM

We are thankful for the countless nurses that have provided exceptional patient care to patients across the country throughout COVID-19. Although the pandemic created hardships for both patients and nurses, we are grateful for the dedication that nurses have exhibited towards enhancing patient care. Below, we share one nurses' experience of coping with the stress of COVID-19, the lessons that she learned and the support that she felt along the way.

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Topics: Healthcare, COVID-19

Happy National Hospital Week!

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on May 12, 2021 1:25:31 PM

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions is thankful for the continued positive impact that is being made within every community that we serve. Today, we want to wish every clinician a happy National Hospital Week! National Hospital Week, which runs May 9th-15th, celebrates the nurses, physicians, administrators, volunteers, and more who provide healing and hope to people in need. Through the dedication and commitment of every health care hero, we know that the lives of patients are being changed across the country.

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Topics: Healthcare, Nursing

DAISY Award: Rebecca Hughes

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on May 11, 2021 10:03:47 AM

Congratulations to Rebecca, RN, on earning a DAISY Award!

Rebecca, who is a graduate of the StaRN program, was nominated by a patient at Largo Medical Center for her incredible confidence and compassion. Read the full nomination below:

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Topics: Nurse Appreciation, Healthcare, HealthTrust, Nurse Recognition, DAISY Award

Are You Feeling Burned Out? Per Diem Nursing Can Help

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Apr 15, 2021 4:45:37 PM

Nurses, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown their dedication to patient care by selflessly taking care of patients. However, many nurses have lacked in taking care of themselves. According to a survey that was released by the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment, 75% of nurses shared that they faced extreme anxiety or stress over the past year, while 36% of nurses mentioned that they are thinking about quitting altogether.

As burnout continues to be felt by many nurses throughout the profession, nurses may be relieved to hear of an option that can help reduce the effects of the burnout that COVID-19 has created: per diem nursing opportunities

How could a per diem nursing opportunity help with relieving burnout? Find out our top three reasons below!

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Topics: Healthcare, Per Diem Nursing, Burnout

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

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

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

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

DAISY Award: James Mungai

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Feb 5, 2021 1:25:31 PM

Congratulations to James Mungai, RN, on earning a DAISY Award!

James was nominated by a patient's daughter at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Read the full nomination below:

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Topics: Nurse Appreciation, Healthcare, HealthTrust, Nurse Recognition, DAISY Award

HCA Healthcare Invests in Domestic Production of PPE

Posted by HealthTrust Workforce Solutions on Jan 22, 2021 11:03:03 AM

We are proud to share that HCA Healthcare, our parent company, has entered into a new joint venture business with A Plus International Inc. (A Plus), a global manufacturer of healthcare products, to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE) by manufacturing surgical and procedure masks in the United States. Under the partnership, production of Level 1 and Level 3 masks meeting American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for quality and safety is expected to begin in early 2021 from a manufacturing center in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Topics: Healthcare


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