Our nurses are the heart of our organization. Their hard work and commitment to patients elevate us to high levels of excellence in health care. If you want to be part of something big, we welcome you to join our team.
Current Emphasis: Looking for Critical Care Nurses to Help Launch ECMO Program
Kootenai Health is currently working to hire critical care nurses to help us launch our state of the art ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program in 2020.
The ECMO machine pumps blood from the patient’s body to an artificial lung (oxygenator) that adds oxygen to it and removes carbon dioxide and sends the blood back to the patient with a pump with the same force as the heart, replacing its function.
Benefits of Joining Kootenai Health:
- Relocation packages
- Housing assistance during transition
- Full medical, dental and vision benefits
- Aspiring Nurse Leader program (trains nurses for leadership positions)
- 1:1 patient ratios
- Nursing Excellence program (ladder program for exceptional care)
- 350 open heart cases each year
- An emphasis on conference attendance
- Tuition assistance
- High differentials/Cert pay
- Preceptor pay
- Designated Rapid Response Team
- Leadership opportunities
Nursing Excellence – Magnet Status
Kootenai has maintained MagnetTM status since 2006. This designation is nursing’s top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence. Kootenai Health is the second hospital in Idaho to receive this designation and the first in the Inland Northwest.
We give you all the tools you need so you can find your own path to success. If you are interested in working in one of our specialty programs, you can contact a Recruiter to discuss options, such as the Advanced Track, Fellowship Program, OR 101 Course, or Leadership Academy.
Nurse Residency Program
The Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program will enhance your transition into becoming a professional RN on our team. Each month, new nurses come together to provide support, practice emerging nursing skills, and discuss professional nursing practice.
Advance Track Program
The Kootenai Advance Track program exists to prepare the new graduate nurse to practice in the specialty areas of nursing care. The program develops competent professionals with exemplary skills, knowledge, and experience in specialty areas such as Critical Care, Obstetrics, NICU, Heart Services, and Emergency Services.
RN Fellowship Program
The Kootenai RN Fellowship program is an extremely competitive program that prepares the nurse for specialty areas of nursing care. The program accepts only the most outstanding and committed applicants. The Kootenai RN Fellowship program is a 3 month, full-time program that is physically and mentally challenging. Those selected are on a fast track to gaining the knowledge and skill needed to become an experienced nurse in one of these specialty areas:
- Labor and Delivery
- Critical Care
- Heart Services
- Emergency Department
Those selected work in their chosen specialty area and participate in an aggressive blend of classroom education and accelerated clinical experiences.
Nurse Leadership Academy
The aspiring nurse leader program identifies and creates a pathway for clinical nurses who demonstrate leadership potential and seek to be managers/directors in the future. Program participants are assigned to an experienced mentor and complete a 12-month program of reading, courses and experiences that culminates in completion of an evidence-based practice project. Program participants will be prepared to step into available leadership positions, reducing time to fill for these critical roles.