Resources for Growth
Your professional growth is a top priority at Kootenai Health. We encourage and inspire you to explore new career possibilities, gain essential skills and experience, and learn how to succeed to maximize the positive impact of your strengths and interests. We have the programs and courses to help you progress professionally. At Kootenai Health, we want you to build a career and grow with the team for years to come.
Whether you pursue a clinical or non-clinical role, you’ll find that Kootenai Health provides avenues for personal and professional development and advancement. Consider these opportunities to accelerate your career growth:
Kootenai Health values career development and invests in employees to help them reach their goals. Tuition assistance of up to $5,200 annually is available to employees following their first 90 days. In addition, teams may provide additional opportunities to complete optional certifications and classes or attend learning events or conferences. Kootenai Health University, offered by Organizational Development, provides learning and development programs that equip employees with the tools and skills needed to be highly effective, engaged, and ready to provide exceptional patient-focused care. Kootenai Health offers more than 20 internal courses and programs at no cost to the employee. Employees also have access to several custom training options, coaching, and professional development planning.
This program is an introductory step in the pathway toward nurse development. The nursing assistant apprentice is an individual hired by Kootenai Health and currently enrolled in a nursing assistant course at North Idaho College Workforce Training Center (WTC). Kootenai Health pays full tuition for the 12-week course, which concludes with testing and certification. After the program, the CNA is fully oriented to the role and ready to transition into a CNA position on their unit of hire.
At Kootenai Health, professional and leadership development means the ongoing acquisition of knowledge and skills relating to your current or future profession. Our Leadership Academy courses are dedicated and supportive of your growth, development, and success as an individual and team member at Kootenai Health.
The Medical Assistant Apprentice Program is designed for those who are currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant Apprentice course at North Idaho College Workforce Training Center (WTC) or another approved program, enabling them to work full-time during the day and attend classes two evenings per week. This nine-month course concludes with testing and certification. Upon certification, participants advance to the position of medical assistant, certified. Tuition assistance for the Medical Assistant Program is available through Idaho Launch and Kootenai Health.
Simulation-based education provides a unique opportunity for learners to apply clinical skills and knowledge in a safe space replicating the work environment. At Kootenai Health, our Simulation Center uses a variety of computerized manikins, standardized patients, technology, actual patient-care equipment, and supplies to provide state-of-the-art training. Our certified simulation educators offer standardized and custom training to meet staff learning needs. Kootenai Health’s Simulation Program is accredited in Teaching/Education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
The Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency is a three-year program affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. It prepares new physician graduates for family practice.
The Kootenai Health Pharmacy Residency Program provides an opportunity for students to gain real-world pharmacological experience and training in a community-based health system.
Job Shadow: If you are sixteen or over and would like to complete a job shadow at Kootenai Health, please reach out to Human Resources at 208-625-4637 or by emailing email@example.com for more information and next steps.
Jobs at Kootenai Health: If you are sixteen or over, we have multiple positions and pathways you may be interested in! We hire those sixteen and over in roles such as Barista, CNA, Guest Relations Associate, Nursing Assistant Apprentice, Patient Services Coordinator, Imaging Services Scheduler, Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomist, Medical Receptionist, Materials Handler, Nutrition Tech, and many more! Review open positions and apply online here.
Project Search Program: Kootenai Health is a proud host of the Project Search Program. Project Search is a high school transition initiative that provides education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nursing certification is a great way to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills within a particular specialty. Success Pays is a program that assists nurses in achieving specialty certification while removing financial barriers and reducing test-taking anxiety.
The Kootenai Health Nursing Excellence Program (NEP) is a voluntary, peer-reviewed program designed to recognize clinical nurses for their professional achievements and contributions to improve patient care. The Kootenai Health NEP is organized around the Magnet® pillars: Exemplary Professional Practice, Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, and New Knowledge and Innovation. The NEP recognizes, promotes, and rewards nurse engagement and contributions to the organization, the community, and the nursing profession through a financial incentive based on those contributions. Points are earned based on a grid, and the financial award is based on points earned. This program is open to all RNs who work at least 50% of the time in direct patient care, are employees in good standing, have been a nurse for at least one year, have been employed by Kootenai Health for at least six months, and average a minimum of 36 hours worked per pay period.
The Nurse Apprentice Program provides another step in the pathway toward nurse development. A nurse apprentice is an enrolled nursing student employed for pay in a non-licensed capacity by an Idaho Board of Nursing-approved healthcare agency. For apprentices, there is greater exposure to clinical application and critical nurse thinking while in direct partnership with an RN. They enjoy flexible work hours, which allows them to balance school and other life responsibilities. After graduation, an apprentice should experience an easier transition to practice as they enter nurse residency.
The yearlong Nurse Residency Program is provided to nurses who have less than one year of experience and less than six months hospital acute-care experience.
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 born to be through our Nurse Leadership Academy. This 12-month program provides mentorship and combines classroom, online, and live training.
We offer additional programs for nursing team members, including the Periop 101 Course and the Nurse Mentorship Program. Explore them on our Nursing Opportunities page.