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Perks of working as a nurse at CoxHealth

At CoxHealth, we're committed to investing in our nurses and helping you achieve the career of your dreams. 

RN to BSN Tuition Assistance

To support a Magnet level of excellence, CoxHealth will provide up to $10,000 in tuition assistance for employed direct-care RNs and nurse leaders to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) through an approved program. 

Participants must be full or half-time employees, have completed 90 days of employment with CoxHealth and have a consistent level of acceptable job performance and attendance. Participants in this program may also participate in CoxHealth’s Tuition Reimbursement program. RNs that leave the employment of CoxHealth within five years of receiving tuition assistance payments will be required to reimburse CoxHealth in full for the amount of the payment. 

Current CoxHealth employees may access the program application via the Advance Your Career page on the intranet's Employee Portal.

Tuition Repayment/Loan Forgiveness Program

CoxHealth offers a tuition repayment program where CoxHealth will make a payment directly to your lender on your behalf for loans that you have already accrued for your current degree in your field. This program requires a commitment to work at CoxHealth one year for every $2,500 paid to your lender. To find out more about program requirements and the application process, contact our HR department at 417-269-6954. 

Career Progression at CoxHealth

Clinical Ladder

STAR stands for Steps to Advancement and Recognition and is the clinical ladder used at CoxHealth to recognize and reward nurses who pursue ongoing professional development within their field to advance their clinical practice. 

Requirements for Advancement 

All clinical bedside RNs enter CoxHealth at Level I. RNs will be paid a base salary based on competitive pay rate for their job classification. If applicant holds a BSN, RN will receive an additional $1/hour for the BSN. 

Level II: RN must achieve national certification in area of clinical specialty. RN will receive an additional $1/hour for their certification. 

Levels III, IV, and V: RN must achieve Level II and the following requirements must be met: 

  • The nurse will have no written disciplinary action in the previous 12 months for either maintenance or advancement on the STAR Ladder. 
  • The nurse may be full-time, part-time, or PRN, provided that worked hours for the previous 12 months equals 1,040 or greater and 18 months post licensure. 

If the RN fails to maintain the highest level previously achieved, the RN will be placed at Level I or II based on certification status or may submit application to applicable level (i.e. RN who does not demonstrate any STAR criteria will return to Level I or II or a previous Level V nurse could demonstrate criteria for Level III). 

The nurse can advance any number of levels at a time, but may only advance to Level III, IV, or V once per calendar year. When a staff nurse transfers from one clinical specialty to another, he/she will maintain his/her clinical ladder level until such time as it is due for renewal.

Educational Requirements

Career Goal and/or Education Needs Associate Bachelor's Master's Doctorate Online
Career Goal and/or Education Needs I know I want to go to nursing school or I am a practicing nurse interested in advancing my education, but I am worried work, family and other commitments will make school difficult. Associate Bachelor's Master's Doctorate Online x
Career Goal and/or Education Needs I'm interested in nursing, but I would like to test the waters with a quicker-entry degree before committing to the field. Associate x Bachelor's Master's Doctorate Online
Career Goal and/or Education Needs I want to become a licensed practical, licensed vocational nurse or I would like to become a registered nurse and live in a state that does not require a bachelor's degree. Associate x Bachelor's Master's Doctorate Online
Career Goal and/or Education Needs I want to become a registered nurse in a state that requires a bachelor's degree or I am a practicing LPN or RN who would like to advance my education and career. Associate Bachelor's x Master's Doctorate Online x
Career Goal and/or Education Needs I would like to become an advanced practice nurse, such as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist. Associate Bachelor's Master's x Doctorate x Online x

Career Paths at CoxHealth

Positions Leading to Pharmacist

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a pharmacist.

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy clerk or Pharmacy aide

Positions Leading to Radiologist

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a radiologist.

  • CT, MRI technologists, Radiation therapist, Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Radiologic technologist

Positions Leading to Physician Assistant

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a physician assistant. 

  • Registered nurse (Bachelor's degree)
  • Registered nurse (Associate degree) 
  • Respiratory therapist or Care practitioner
  • Licensed Practical Vocational nurse
  • Surgical tech
  • Respiratory therapy tech
  • Nurse assistant, Medical assistant, Patient safety assistant
  • Medical or Clinical Lab technologist 
  • Lab technician 
  • Lab assistant or Phlebotomist 

Positions Leading to Nurse Practitioner

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a nurse practitioner.

  • Registered nurse (Bachelor's degree)
  • Registered nurse (Associate degree) 
  • Respiratory therapist or Care practitioner
  • Licensed Practical Vocational nurse
  • Surgical tech
  • Respiratory therapy tech
  • Nurse assistant, Medical assistant, Patient safety assistant

Positions Leading to Director Nurse

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a director nurse. 

  • Registered nurse (Bachelor's degree)
  • Registered nurse (Associate degree) 
  • Respiratory therapist or Care practitioner
  • Licensed Practical Vocational nurse
  • Surgical tech
  • Respiratory therapy tech
  • Nurse assistant, Medical assistant, Patient safety assistant

Positions Leading to Physical or Occupational Therapist

The following list includes some of the positions at CoxHealth with the potential to lead to a career as a physical or occupational therapist. 

  • Physical or Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical or Occupational therapy aide