Nurse Residency Program
As a new nurse, you need more than information to round out your preparation. You need direct patient experience, mentorship, personal attention to detail, and a solid, person-based support structure. At Kootenai Health, we provide pivotal experiences and support to promote Nurse Resident success. This is why our nurse residency program is so popular with the best emerging nurses and why we believe you will find it is the best way to build a satisfying career in nursing.
The Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program is a yearlong program that provides an innovative, person-centered support structure for acquiring evidence-based practice, standardization of knowledge, and skills to ensure our nurses are confidently prepared, supported, and engaged in their work. Nurse residents learn through a combination of educational seminars, peer support discussions, simulation, and authentic patient experiences with the support of experienced preceptors/mentors. Kootenai Health is committed to providing nurse residents with the teaching, training, mentoring, and experience needed for a successful career in nursing.
The yearlong Nurse Residency Program is provided to nurses with less than one year of experience and less than six months of hospital acute-care experience. While in the program, nurse residents are hired into paid, fully benefitted FT (36-40 hours/pay period) staff nurse positions. Nurse Residency Program cohorts begin after the summer and winter graduations of nursing programs and approximately every eight weeks thereafter.
Our practical, 12-month program provides nurse residents with the following:
Acceptance into the Nurse Residency program is highly competitive. Each applicant must:
Continued success in your role requires:
Application deadline & requirements:
Kootenai Health will strive to ensure your success as a nurse by providing you a robust orientation program, access to organizational development, the support of a professional education team, and the cohesiveness of a fixed cohort.
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 current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:
The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:
Kootenai has a wonderful team of staff who will support and challenge you simultaneously to grow as a nurse and become a leader. It was my coworkers that got me through the trials of these last few years and I’ve never felt so supported at the workplace as I have here!
Joshua Gallegly, 2E RN
I felt very supportive and had a great opportunity to grow as an RN at Kootenai.
Megan Martin 2S
I started at Kootenai a year and a half ago as a new grad. I moved here from out of state and had a hard time starting my first nursing job in a place where I didn’t know anyone. I was immediately welcomed to Kootenai with support, understanding and people checking in on me. The workplace environment is truly amazing. It’s a small enough hospital where you get to know people in other departments while being big enough to gain skills and see some awesome stuff! “Nurses eat their young” is not acceptable here and I can honestly say that the people I have come to know at Kootenai have brought joy to the stressful job that is nursing. Oh, and don’t worry, you’ll figure out how to pronounce “Kootenai” in no time 😉
Natasha Cooper, 3E- Neuro/Onc
KH was my first nursing job out of nursing school. I applied only to hospitals with nurse residency programs on the advice of experienced nurses I knew. It was sound advice, I got a good foundation for my nursing practice. My managers have all been especially supportive. After two years I’m back in one of KH’s training programs as a Fellow in the ICU. I’ve stayed at KH, and will in the foreseeable future, because they continue to offer me the tools and support to grow my skillset and advance my career.
Brandon Maleta- 2S and now a ICU Fellow.