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New Graduate Nurses

For new nurses, the first year of employment is a critical learning period. Every graduate nurse starting a career at Kootenai Health is enrolled in the Kootenai Health's nurse residency program.

The program builds on the foundation new nurses receive in the academic environment by integrating their bedside work with a series of five workshops. These workshops are the backbone of the program and serve to reinforce the basics of the practice and promote the professional nursing role.

New graduates with a passion for specialty nursing can pursue Kootenai’s advanced nurse residency program called the AdvanceTrack program. Enrollment is selective and develops competent professionals with exemplary skills and knowledge in the specialty areas of:

  • Critical care
  • Obstetrics
  • Surgery
  • Emergency

In addition to these programs, each new graduate nurse at Kootenai also receives:

  • A thoroughly structured general orientation to the hospital.
  • Training in Kootenai’s vision and values and how to safely care for patients.
  • Electronic medical record documentation training.
  • Basic life support training, if needed.
  • An individualized orientation to their nursing unit.
  • Training in national certification courses (like ACLS) as needed.
  • Unrestricted access to the comprehensive resources of the Kootenai Health medical library and library staff for educational assistance, research aid and resource management.
  • A professional nursing culture and clinical environment consistent with the tenets of the ANCC’s Magnet award—the national standard for nursing excellence in the United States.

For more information, visit the careers page.