1. I worked for an HCA facility for only a couple of months and left bc it wasn't a good fit. Tons of turnover, agency, horrible pt ratios, not enough support... the list goes on.

    Anyway, where I live there is a huge network of HCA facilities and I would like to apply to one. However, has anyone had experience with switching HCA facilities? I'm wondering if I should waste my time applying if they see that you've quit at another facility? I do have a friend that works on the unit I'd like to apply for that will put in a good word for me.
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  3. by   pers
    Did you leave on good terms? My hospital used to be HCA and you weren't penalized for quitting (from our hospital or another HCA facility) provided you left on good terms and had worked out a notice.
  4. by   sunshineyday
    Yep... the manager is gone from the facility anyway. And I know I'm eligible for rehire technically... but didn't know if HCA actually rehired a person when it didn't work out at another facility. Thanks!
  5. by   jmtndl
    It has been my experience that all HCA hospitals are the same. I am morally opposed to working at one and will only do so when I am working for an outside agency. Many of the older nurses, like me, feel the same way. They are a for profit entity that exsts to make money any way they can, with no concern for their staff or patients. There is usually a great deal of "hot air" concern, but their practices belie their platitudes.
  6. by   diane227
    I have had the very ugly experience of working at an HCA hospital in the past and you will have poor working conditions no matter were you are. There is always a high turn over rate, especially in the managers. All HCA cares about is the bottom line and how they can put money into the pockets of the stockholders. They make their living off the backs of sick people. I could tell you stories about stuff that happened there that would make your hair stand up. Don't go there if you can help it.
  7. by   herring_RN
    Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

  8. by   barefootlady
    HCA has a bad rep nationwide, bigger does not mean better in their case. All the technology they have does not add up to good care d/t chronic understaffing, less than adequate physicians in many places, and emphasis on money. Look somewhere else if able, if not, expect many of the same issues you left the other facility to hit you in the face at a new HCA facility.
  9. by   Kim15195
    I am having a hard time finding a job and think I would work anywhere at this point. I applied at an HCA facility in my area and have not heard a thing. I just passed NCLEX after being out of nursing for 8 years. I worked in a level III NICU and 1 hospital told me to apply as a nusring assistant!! Surely someone with my experience would be an assest...so much for nursing shortage in my area!
  10. by   barefootlady
    Where in the world do you live? That remark was stupid and insulting.
  11. by   Kim15195
    What? I did not mean to be insulting, there are few jobs here. Don't be so rude please.
  12. by   barefootlady
    I am sorry, I did not make myself plain. I think the remark was rude to you, and unnecessary. If that facility hired a new grad , they surely would have wanted someone with your type of experience. I do wonder where you live that a remark like that to an experienced nurse, even one who had not worked in awhile was just too
    I understand the need for a job, been there before, but HCA is no picnic. Good luck.
  13. by   Kim15195
    I guess I misunderstood what you said...sorry.
    I did up bring the fact that I would be a much better asset than a GN....but the HR person's arguement was that they have recent hands on training and that technology has changed...lame I know. Said she would get back to me.

    Anyway, I live in Florida (west coast) and there is a waiting list to get into nursing schools. I was an RN for 10 years, I hope I can get back into something I enjoy.

    Thanks...for your thoughts about HCA.
  14. by   barefootlady
    My cousin was a RN at a free standing surgery clinic there in Fla. She got her hours reduced to the point it was silly to go to work. Kitty is one smart lady, she her license in Texas and moved there. I am not sure just where but she told another cousin she has plenty of work now. I know moving may not be an option for you but many have done it Good luck.