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New Graduate StaRN Nurse Residency Program Memorial Health Savannah

Memorial Med Center Savannah - Savannah, Georgia

Job Code: 26960-072018StaRN


Memorial Health Savannah is a 612-bed hospital located in Savannah, Georgia. We opened our doors in 1955 and have evolved into the most advanced healthcare provider in the region. We are a regional referral center for heart care, cancer care, trauma care, children's care, high-risk pregnancies, and high-risk newborn care. Our hospital includes the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center, the region's only children's hospital, and the Savannah campus of Mercer University School of Medicine.

Memorial Health Savannah serves 35 counties across southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

We invite new graduates to apply for our StarRN New Graduate Program!

Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses = STARN   

This is a 12-14 week PAID program starting July 2018 featuring didactic and clinical training, as well as a 1:1 Preceptorship.  It allows new graduates to obtain acute care nursing experience through an intensive internship program, then transition to staff roles within Memorial Health Savannah.  During the program you will be considered a HCA HealthTrust employee.  At completion of the program you will transfer to Memorial Health Savannah and your time in the StarRN Program will count towards your eligibility period for benefits when hired Full Time as an Registered Nurse with the Hospital.

This Co-Hort will fill a combination of Medical/Surgical, Telemetry, and Critical Care positions.
Program acceptance requires a minimum two (2) year, full-time commitment to the hospital.  If a nurse chooses to leave the facility before the 2 year commitment is fulfilled, they may be required to meet a monetary responsibility.

Part 1:  StaRN Training – First 5 to 7 Weeks:
  • Instructor-led classroom training
  • Paid training – all nurses will be paid at the new graduate RN hourly rates
  • State-of-the-art simulation including comprehensive debriefs
  • Self-directed / on-line learning
  • BLS/ACLS Certification
  • NIH Stroke Scale Certification
  • CPI Certification
  • PALS, ENPC & TNCC Certifications (ED residents only)
  • Meditech Training and Validation
The schedule is typically Monday-Friday, with 40 hour work weeks (8 hour days)
Part 2:  StaRN Clinical Preceptorship – Next 6 to 7 Weeks  
  • Conducted at the hospital
  • Paid training – all nurses will be paid at the new graduate RN hourly rates during preceptorship (union facilities may differ)
  • You will be assigned a preceptor specifically for you; to train you and get you acclimated to your role
  • Regular development meetings between the resident, their preceptor and their Director
  • Customized Coaching/Onboarding report for clinical preceptorship    
The schedule is typically three (3) 12 hour shifts at the hospital

Part 3:  HCA Residency Program – Remainder of your 1st year
  • Upon successful completion of the StaRN Program, residents will transition to their full-time roles at the hospital
  • Nurse Residents continue professional development through routine interactions with a mentor (meet at least once a month)
  • Attend a monthly residency seminar
  • Complete an evidence-based capstone project
  • Attend graduation

Key values to the candidates:
  • Access to AACN Essentials of Critical Care Core Curriculum
  • Free Access to Lippincott Nursing Procedures and Skills during and         after program completion
  • BLS & ACLS Certification
  • NIH Stroke Scale Certification
  • CPI Certification
  • Meditech Training and Validation
  • Customized Coaching/Onboarding report for clinical preceptorship
  • Over 60 hours of high-fidelity simulation
  • Benefit eligible after successful completion of the program - No additional waiting period!


  • Graduate of an accredited Nursing School, within past 1 year is preferred
  • State of Florida NCLEX test date (if you are not already licensed)
  • Must have an active State of Florida Registered Nurse (RN) license at the start of the program
  • Self-motivated and strong communication skills are required
  • Previous medical or service industry experience is strongly preferred
  • Attendance is imperative throughout the StaRN Training Program

Last Edited: 03/09/2018


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