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Kootenai Health Nurse Apprentice in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Nurse Apprentice


Position Summary:

A Nurse Apprentice (NA) is a currently enrolled nursing student who is employed in a non-licensed capacity by an Idaho Board of Nursing approved health care agency. A nurse apprentice may, under licensed registered nurse supervision, perform all functions approved by the Board for unlicensed assistive personnel.


  • Under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, the NA provides optimal patient care through data collection and contributing to planning and implementation for all patient populations served at Kootenai Health

  • Demonstrates the ability to work with the patient’s physical, motor/sensory adaptation, cognitive, and psychological needs specific to the population being served and meets standards of quality as measured by the unit/department age-specific competency standards. When possible, the family or those significant to the family are considered as part of the care

  • As the NA advances through nursing school and knowledge increases through didactic and skill acquisition, at the organizations discretion, the nurse apprentice may choose to advance assistive duties through skill and competency validation as overseen by the Nursing Excellence Department. RN supervision continues to be required while the student is a Nurse Apprentice

  • Reads charts, dials, equipment settings, literature, and other printed and handwritten materials

  • Communicates with patients, physicians, families, and co-workers in person and on the telephone

  • Assists patients in dressing or undressing, bathing, or eating

  • Collects non-invasive body fluid specimens or gathers vital signs

  • Aids physicians and nursing staff members with procedures

  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field

  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential job function

  • Competent to meet age-specific needs of the unit assigned

    Requirements and Minimum Qualifications :

  • Actively enrolled and in good standing in an accredited nursing program

  • Successful completion of a Nursing Fundamentals course and clinical skills checklist

  • The skills checklist must be signed by a nursing instructor at the NA’s respective nursing program. Ongoing competency progression oversight will occur via nursing program/instructor input, Nursing Development Specialist review, and Nursing Education Specialist or assigned RN validation. The NA’s assigned duties will be at the discretion of the organization but not to exceed competency validation.

  • Proof of a Nurse Apprentice Approval Letter from the Idaho Board of Nursing

  • Working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English

  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computer skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc .

  • BLS Required. Current AHA Healthcare provider, American Red Cross, AHA Health Saver

    Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to maintain a standing and/or sitting position

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 35 lbs

  • Typical Equipment used in a clinical role

  • Must be able to stoop, crouch or bend

  • Must be able to push, pull, or transport heavy equipment

  • Must be able to assist in patient transfer

    Kootenai Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex. Kootenai Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex.