Nursing at Kootenai Health offers a unique opportunity to practice the craft you love among the people you truly care about: Patients and families, as well as your team members who are just as passionate about, and committed to clinical excellence, as you are. In every role, at every level, our nursing professionals set new standards of care on a daily basis.
Magnet® designation is nursing’s top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence. Kootenai Health is the second hospital in Idaho to achieve this designation and the first in the Inland Northwest. We have maintained Magnet status since 2006 and in July 2021, received our fourth Magnet re-designation.
Kootenai Health was also selected for Magnet4Europe, a project funded by the European Union to improve mental health and wellness among nurses. Our involvement provides an international platform for our nursing professionals to be recognized as leaders of innovation and excellence in the delivery of evidence-based care across the continuum.
Regardless of where you’d like to go in your nursing career, Kootenai Health offers the tools and resources to help you get there. If you are interested in working in one of our specialty programs, contact a recruiter to discuss such options as our Nurse Residency Program, Fellowship Program, PERIOP-101 Course, or Leadership Academy.
If you have less than one year of nursing experience, consider our Nurse Residency Program, which will support your transition and ensure that you’re truly prepared to succeed.
Do you have at least one year of hospital-based nursing experience and plan to move to a specialty role? Our Nurse Fellowship Program offers the support to make a smooth transition.
Prepare to become the nurse leader you were meant to be through our Nurse Leadership Academy. This 12-month program combines classroom, online, and live training.
Nurses new to the operating room enjoy a six-month AORN Periop 101 cohort-training period to ensure a b foundation for both circulating and scrubbing.
This is our way of encouraging you to grow professionally as a nurse. In return, you’ll be recognized through financial rewards for advancing your practice and improving organizational outcomes related to safety, compassion, and engagement.
A nurse apprentice is defined as a currently enrolled nursing student who is employed for pay in a non-licensed capacity by an Idaho Board of Nursing-approved health care agency. Working in partnership with an RN to experience increased exposure to clinical application and critical nurse thinking, they enjoy flexible work hours. Our Nurse Apprentice Program is designed to enable an easier transition to practice as nurse apprentices enter nurse residency.
This structured program provides nurses with opportunities for professional growth and development. The mentor is an individual who possesses expertise and knowledge in an area that is desired by the mentee. The program features evidence-based resources available through our affiliation with Mayo Clinic. Self-identified participants will engage in learning, goal setting, and relationship building through participation in regularly scheduled meetings over the course of a 6-12-month partnership.
The nursing assistant apprentice is defined as an individual hired by Kootenai Health and currently enrolled in a nursing assistant course at North Idaho College Workforce Training Center (WTC). The 12-week course concludes with testing and potential for certification. Program tuition is paid for by Kootenai Health. At the successful completion of the program, the CNA is fully oriented to the role and ready to transition into a CNA position on their unit of hire.
Kootenai Health Nurse Residency is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.
The Kootenai Health 2020 and 2021 annual reports for nursing celebrate the extraordinary role our nurses play in caring for our community and the outcomes that have been achieved as a result of their commitment to excellence.