Career & Development

Accelerating Recruitment Efforts to Meet Demand

June 01, 2022

Our approach to recruiting industry-leading talent

For years, the healthcare industry has been experiencing the growing challenges of labor shortages, especially in clinical care areas. The demands of COVID-19 put additional strain on caregivers, causing even greater pressure. 

As a result, HCA Healthcare has been laser focused on ramping up efforts to recruit and retain top talent. Equipping our teams with innovative solutions and advancement opportunities continues to unlock possibilities for our colleagues and for the healthcare industry as a whole.

As nurses, we get into the profession to help people. Coming to an organization like
HCA Healthcare – where compassionate care is a part of the mission – becomes an easy decision. We want to be part of a place that puts people first.

— Amanda Skeen, R.N., NICU Nurse Manager HCA Florida Capital Hospital, Tallahassee, Fla.

Building a diverse talent pipeline

In May 2021, HCA Healthcare announced a $10 million investment over the next three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across our footprint. 

This commitment supports our goal of a diverse pipeline of future healthcare professionals and leaders, ultimately helping us to deliver more equitable, culturally competent care. 

New Graduate Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN)

Our year-long nurse residency program starts with StaRN, a 10- to 12-week onboarding and training program for new graduates. It allows new graduate nurses to move with confidence from the classroom to the bedside and allows existing nurses to move into other specialties. The program also provides education, support and guidance as new graduate nurses begin their careers in HCA Healthcare hospitals.

Identifying and recruiting talent

Our Talent Acquisition teamsproactively search for quality candidates across the nation and throughout our HCA Healthcare family. 

Candidates are offered opportunities to learn more about HCA Healthcare and to connect with recruiters. This approach helps build talent pipelines, promote brand awareness and cultivate relationships with prospective colleagues. 

The HCA Healthcare mission is to improve patients’ lives, and I thought, yes! That’s what nursing is about — improving peoples’ lives by helping them and empowering them with the knowledge and the skills they need. That’s what I find most satisfying.

— Teresa Nguyen, R.N., BSN MountainView Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev.

Recruitment marketing

Our Talent Acquisition team drives marketing campaigns through multiple channels — from social media to job boards and display advertising — promoting our brand and message to professionals throughout our communities. 

Our recruiters help tell our story to prospective candidates by highlightingthe many benefits of being a part of HCA Healthcare.

Improving the application and onboarding process

HCA Healthcare has begun the migration to GHR, which includes a mobile-optimized, more user-friendly application process for candidates. 

We have also added a “quick apply” capability to our job board application process on Indeed, resulting in a major increase in applicants. We are leveraging technology to improve our candidate outreach and accelerate the recruitment and onboarding process. 

HCA Healthcare Hiring at a Glance