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Nursing at Ballad Health

We’d like you to be part of our story, too.

Our tag line is, It’s your story. We’re listening.” That’s because we believe the promise to listen applies to listening to all who work here, as well as to the people we serve.

Who we are

As a non-profit healthcare system created from the merger of two systems who served our region for many years, we’re looking for people passionate about serving and being a part of building Ballad Health’s story.

We invite you to work alongside the many noted medical experts and specialists who now call our Appalachian Highlands region home. They serve in our 21 state-of-the art hospitals and clinics nestled in the area’s beautiful mountains.

We’re pioneers.

Our partnerships and collaborative research with renowned medical institutions like Vanderbilt University Hospital, Mayo Clinic and others, has helped us to pioneer healthcare in our rural area.

We serve rural Appalachia.

Consider joining our team to make a difference in the health and lives of people in rural areas of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Southeast Kentucky.

What’s in it for you?

The Appalachian Highlands is one of the most beautiful places in the world, where family and work/life balance is highly valued. Here, the pace of life is slow… the cost of living is low… the wonder of nature surrounds you… there’s so much to do… it’s a place you’ll want to call home.

Peaked your interest yet?

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Hear what our nurses say about the benefits of working at Ballad Health.

Six reasons to join Ballad Health’s nursing team:

1. You’ll be encouraged to pursue leadership and professional development opportunities.

Photo: Rachel Gerrard, RN - female nurse
“There are definitely opportunities to grow here at Ballad Health…

“I’ve been involved in committees and feel like my voice is heard and my opinion matters. You can do extra work through our PACE (Professional Achievement of Clinical Excellence) program and get extra education, be involved in process improvement, and do volunteer work or other activities that teach you to be a better professional. We get financial rewards for doing so.

“We also are encouraged to get certifications that advance us as professionals.” – Rachel Gerrard, RN, Cardiac Patient Navigator

2. You get a generous benefits package that includes health insurance, a 401K matching program, paid time off, tuition assistance and even adoption assistance.

Options for team member benefits include:

  • A choice of medical, dental and vision insurance packages
  • 401K program with employer matching
  • Insurance options for life, disability, short-term and long-term care
  • Adoption assistance
  • Tuition assistance
  • Paid time off, medical leave
  • Wellness program
  • Employee assistance program

Photo: Chris Collins, RN, quote
“One of the benefits for me that has been important through the 38 years I’ve worked here is flexible scheduling. The pay is good. They’ve always supported me in my education or learning, and that’s very important to me.” – Chris Collins, RN

3. Team members work together like family and support each other.

Photo: Logan Thomas, RN - female nurse
“We have really good teamwork; we have a really great time together.” – Logan Thomas, RN

“My coworkers and I, we really try to help each other out, look out for each other. If there’s an issue, you never have to look far for somebody to have your back, the patient’s back and help the family.” – Rachel Gerrard, RN

“You know, you start out working with each other from a professional standpoint, but you inevitably establish personal relationships. My coworkers have become like family.” – Chandler Daugherty, RN

4. Ballad Health is nationally recognized for excellence, partners with numerous noted health institutions and is pioneering areas of healthcare.

Photo: Osarueme Johnson, RN - male nurse
“You can compare Ballad Health to any other top facility in the nation… We have Trauma Level 1, 2 and 3 facilities. There are so many resources. There are so many people who have worked here 15, 30 years. – Osarueme Johnson, RN

5. A low cost of living, a slower pace of life, beautiful mountains, friendly people and a wealth of recreational and cultural gems make the Appalachian Highlands a great place to live.

“Even though our community is rural, there’s quite a bit to do here. The quality of life is good. Everybody’s your neighbor. It’s beautiful. It’s friendly. It’s home.” – Taylor Moreck, RN

“There is plenty, plenty to do! Lots of hiking and outdoor activities. Then there’s the Appalachian Trail (called the “A.T.” around here), lots of places to go fishing, kayaking, boating. There are multiple parks, creeks, rivers and lakes. There’s also a large community of music – concerts and festivals like Rhythm and Roots. And, of course, there’s NASCAR.” – Chandler Daugherty, RN

“It’s a good place to live. It’s a good place to play. I couldn’t ask for better. It’s a really special place to work. The quality of life here is terrific. We are in the mountains, but we have a lot of metropolitan kinds of things to do here.” – Taylor Moreck, RN

“My family and I travel a lot. This area is like a hub that connects to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Then you go the other way and you have Virginia, New Jersey, New York. We have an airport which is easy travel to Charlotte and Atlanta.” – Osarueme Johnson, RN

6. Plain and simple: we need you.

“I have found nursing here in the Appalachian region is more of mission field. I feel like we can reach into the patient’s life a little more than in other places. I can be more help emotionally, spiritually, and even with the extra help at home they need…

“Here we have a lot of tobacco use, coal miners with black lung. We have patients who live on a mountain or in a hollow alone so access to healthcare is limited. I’ve worked as a nurse in other states and this position is very different. It gives me a much more personal connection with my patients. I feel much closer to them and feel like they can depend on and call on me.” – Rachel Gerrard, RN

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More about nursing at Ballad Health

Certified Nursing Assistants

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are the backbone of healthcare.

That’s why Ballad Health offers the training programs approved by Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Health to help you certify for a CNA career.

Learn more about being a CNA at Ballad Health.

Grow with us at the Ballad Health Nursing Institute

We want you to expand your knowledge in the nursing field and grow with us at Ballad Health.

Are you a nursing student?

Would you like to get hands-on nursing experience while earning your degree? We want to invest in your development.

Learn how to get started at the Ballad Health Nursing Institute here.


Please call (423) 302-3299 to speak with a recruiter and find out more about nursing careers at Ballad Health.