|[July 16, 2014]
Parallon Launches Program in 10 Florida Hospitals to Address Specialty Nurse Shortage
FRANKLIN, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Parallon, a leading provider of healthcare business and operational
services, has implemented its solution to provide cost-effective
training and onboarding of nursing graduates in the West
Florida Division of Hospital
Corporation of America (HCA). The program - Specialty Training
Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN) - addresses the industry's
challenges by helping hospitals develop specialty-trained nurses.
StaRN began operation in June with a class of 52 recent nursing school
graduates who will be placed at 10 hospitals in the West Florida
Division of HCA. StaRN is an intensive, 13-week program for nursing
graduates that combines classroom instruction, a robust simulation
experience and hands-on clinical training done in conjunction with a
regional academic partner. The program helps hospitals and nurses
overcome a "catch-22:" lacking the experience to staff a high-acuity
unit, but unable to find the opportunity to gain that experience.
"When hospitals can't find specialty-trained nurses, they are forced to
use costly alternative measures, such as hiring temporary contract
labor, which does not address the core problem: the shortage of
experienced, specialty-trained nurses," said Tony Pentangelo, executive
vice president of managed services at Parallon
Workforce Solutions business unit.
"StaRN offers a way forward that provides short- and long-term benefits
to hospitals and nurses alike."
Upon completion of the program, nursing graduates will be equipped with
the knowledge and skill that typically comes from more experienced staff
nurses. StaRN is tailored to each individual hospital's requirements and
covers medical-surgical, telemetry and critical-care training.
Hospitals pay a placement fee that covers all the costs of the StaRN
program. To participate, nurses make a two-year commitment to work at
the sponsor hospital.
"Our hospital partners can also enhance their community relations by
investing in hometown nurses with a stake in the community, rather than
recruiting outside the local market," Pentangelo said. "When hospitals
make this kind of investment in their nurses, they can improve employee
engagement and satisfaction."
Peter Marmerstein, president of HCA's West Florida Division, said, "When
nurses are willing to make a commitment to our communities, we are
committed to investing in their training and helping them obtain the
experience they need. We are excited to partner with Parallon on this
solution, which will help us to continue to deliver high-quality,
Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses (StaRN), a part
Workforce Solutions business unit, is an innovative solution
designed to address the shortage of specialty nurses. Backed by
Parallon's scale, proven best practices and operational expertise, StaRN
partners with hospitals to address today's labor challenges stemming
from revenue, compliance, cost and technology pressures. StaRN provides
intensive post-graduate education, including comprehensive didactic
training, a robust simulation experience and a hands-on clinical
preceptorship all done in conjunction with a regional academic partner.
Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., Parallon
Business Solutions, LLC is a leading provider of healthcare business
and operational services. Parallon partners with hospitals and
healthcare systems to improve their business performance through proven
practices in revenue cycle; technology; workforce management and
consulting, in addition to group purchasing and supply chain management
through Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P.
Parallon is dedicated to bringing deep and evolving industry knowledge,
a long track record of operational excellence and a broad portfolio of
services to all partnerships in order to help clients thrive in the
communities they serve. Together with its affiliates, Parallon employs
more than 24,000 professionals and serves more than 1,400 hospitals and
11,000 non-acute care providers, including ambulatory surgery centers,
physician practices and alternate care sites. Visit www.parallon.com
or follow @ParallonConnect.
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