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:

  • Socialization and networking support
  • Well-being program
  • Didactic, targeted teaching, and on-site simulation learning experiences
  • Monthly workshops with social networking and didactic experiences
  • Interdisciplinary field experiences
  • Creation of an evidence-based practice proposal for a patient-centered improvement
  • 24-hour access to a robust, interdisciplinary on-site library
  • Three to six months of direct bedside preceptor, mentor, and leadership support
  • A professional nursing culture and education environment consistent with the ANCC Magnet® designation — the national standard for nursing excellence in the United States
  • Early leadership opportunities

Acceptance into the Nurse Residency program is highly competitive. Each applicant must:

  • Be a professional nurse who has less than one year of experience and less than six months hospital acute-care experience.
  • Have graduated with a BSN OR be enrolled in a baccalaureate (or higher) degree program in nursing within one year of the employee’s start date, with a mandatory completion date within three years of starting.
  • Possess an active Idaho Registered Nurse license (prior to start date).

Continued success in your role requires:

  • Continued employment with Kootenai Health for 12 months following the completion of the Nurse Residency Program.
  • Obtaining a certification in your nursing specialty (such as CCRN, CEN, RN-BC, or RN-C) within 24 months of completing the program.

Application deadline & requirements:

  • Submit a standard Kootenai Health Nurse Resident online employment application.
  • Complete a Spark Hire video interview from Human Resources.
  • Complete the Kootenai Health reference process.

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.

Image-Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program Awarded Accreditation with Distinction

Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program Awarded Accreditation with Distinction

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:

  1. Kootenai Health
  2. Behavioral Health – Youth Acute (West Campus)

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Medical
  2. Medical-Surgical
  3. Step Down
  4. Critical Care
  5. Psychiatric
  6. Centralized Function


Kootenai Health

2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

Phone: 208-625-4620 | Email:

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