Join the Kootenai Health Residency Program! Let us help you grow, love, and be successful in your nursing career!
The Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program is a year-long program that provides an innovative, person-centered support structure for the acquisition of 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 year-long Nurse Residency Program, is provided to all Nurses who have less than one year of hospital-based nursing experience. While in the program Nurse Residents are hired into paid, fully-benefitted, FT (36-40 hours/pay period) staff nurse positions and selected onto specific teams that include:
- Medical/ Surgical Services
- Behavioral Health Services
- Critical Care Services
- Emergency Services
- Perioperative Services
- Women’s and Children’s Services
- Nursing Resource Team (Float Pool)
Nurse Residency Program cohorts begin approximately every eight weeks.
Our practical 12-month program provides Nurse Residents with:
- Socialization and networking support
- Didactic, targeted teaching and on-site simulation learning experiences
- Dedicated training unit with standardized preceptors
- Monthly workshops with social networking and didactic experiences
- 24 hour access to a robust, interdisciplinary on-site library
- Three to six months of direct bedside preceptor, mentor and leadership support
- Training in national certification courses that are integral to your specialty practice, such as BLS, ACLS, TNCC, NRP, PALS, and many more
- Specialty-specific education courses taught by trained Nursing Education Specialists (Critical care Basics, AWHONN Fetal heart Monitoring, Cardiac dysrhythmia, Labor and Birth, etc.)
- Participation in gold-standard national clinical education packages such as AWHONN Perinatal Orientation & Education Program, AORN’s Peri-op 101, and the ANCC Essentials of Critical Care Orientation
- 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
Eligibility and Application
Application to the Nurse Residency program is extremely competitive. Applicants must:
- Have graduated with a BSN OR be enrolled in a baccalaureate (or higher) degree program in nursing upon hire, with a mandatory completion date within two years of hire.
- Possess an active Idaho Registered Nurse license (prior to start date.)
Continued success in your role requires:
- Full-time employment with Kootenai Health for 24 months following the completion of the Nurse Residency program.
- Obtaining a specialty 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
- Provide a Cover Letter that notes your top three desired teams and includes your personal attributes and commitment to nursing
- Complete a Spark Hire video interview from Human Resources
- Complete Kootenai Health reference process
Kootenai Health will 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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 625-4620
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814