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Kootenai Health Nurse Resident in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Nurse Residency Program


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 expertise needed for a successful career in nursing.

As a Nurse Resident, you will receive:

  • 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.) as applicable

  • 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 as applicable

  • 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

    The Kootenai Nurse Residency Program is an incredibly supportive program that transitions newly graduated nurses to the hospital setting. The program accepts only the most outstanding and committed applicants. The Nurse Residency is a full-time (36-40 hours/pay period), paid program that prepares new professional nurses with exemplary skills, knowledge, and experience in the following inpatient areas:

  • Medical/Surgical Services

  • Behavioral Health Services

  • Nursing Resource Team (Float Pool)

    If hired into the nurse residency program, you will be assigned a permanent unit three weeks prior to starting your residency.

    While unit preferences are taken into consideration for each applicant, most nurse residents are placed into medical/surgical units. If you are not placed in your preferred specialty department, you can apply for internal RN fellowship opportunities after six months of employment. Fellowship opportunities are offered in units such as critical care, emergency, perioperative services, and our women’s and children’s service line.

    Eligibility to participate in the Nurse Residency Program includes:

  • Graduate of a nationally accredited Nursing program

  • BSN preferred

  • Current State of Idaho Graduate Nurse Licensure required

  • Less than 6 months of hospital experience required at the time of hire

  • If Behavioral Health, less than 6 months of behavioral health experience required at the time of hire

  • BLS Required. Current AHA Healthcare provider, American Red Cross, AHA Health Saver or KH BLS during General Orientation

  • All non-BSN RN's hired at Kootenai Health are required to be enrolled in a baccalaureate (or higher) degree program in nursing upon hire and show evidence of enrollment before their start date with a mandatory completion date within two years of hire.

    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 chosen 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 five desired teams and includes your attributes and commitment to nursing

  • Complete a Spark Hire video interview from Human Resources. You will be emailed a link from Human Resources following your submitted application to complete this process.

  • Complete the Kootenai Health reference process. You will be emailed a link from Human Resources following your submitted application to complete this 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.

    Kootenai Health has a lot to offer you, including:

  • Newly opened Dedicated Transition to Practice Unit

  • Expanding Nursing Professional Development department with room for future career development and continuous learning opportunities

  • Low staff to educator ratios

  • Robust, multi-room hi-fidelity simulation lab

  • Established pipeline relationships with regional nursing programs

  • 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

  • Level II Trauma Center- Kootenai Health has achieved a Level II Trauma designation, verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

  • Mayo Clinic Care Network- Kootenai Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN). As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Kootenai Health staff have access to Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise

  • Gallup Great Workplace Award - This award recognizes companies for their extraordinary ability to build an engaged workplace culture

    Kootenai Health has a solid reputation in the Pacific Northwest and has a rich history that spans nearly 60 years of innovation, achievements, and benchmarks in healthcare. The organization provides a comprehensive range of medical services, our main campus is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and includes a 330-bed community-owned hospital. Kootenai Health is accredited by DNV and holds Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. We are recognized among large employers as the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. Cleverly and Associates regularly acknowledge us for providing value to our community. We offer an excellent tuition reimbursement program, wellness program, and ongoing educational classes to all of our employees. If you want to love where you work and live, check out Kootenai Health. As your next employer, we are excited to offer you:

  • 100% employer-paid health insurance premiums

  • Access to tuition reimbursement and certification and conference support

  • Relocation assistance

  • 457 investment plan through Fidelity with a match of 3-6% based on years of service and a defined contribution account which puts 2% of annual income into a retirement account

  • Employee child daycare - within walking distance

  • Competitive salaries

  • Robust and incentive-driven Wellness Plans

  • Full-spectrum employee reward, recognition, and retention programs, including outstanding employee development, training, and educational opportunities

  • And much more!

    Learn more about our teams:

    General Medical (3N) Patient population is made up of patients who need medical interventions for infection, acute respiratory disorders, alcohol withdrawal, dementia, and other nonsurgical diagnoses. You will further your knowledge and experience with all systems of the body while caring for this patient population. Largely due to the work performed on 3N Kootenai Health is the only hospital in Idaho that has been designated by NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) as providing excellent patient-centered, evidence-based geriatric care.

    Nephrology/Medical/Circle of Life (1N) Patient population is made up of patients who have kidney disease, a history of kidney transplants, and electrolyte imbalances. Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are common treatments for these patients, both done on the unit. These patients often have multi-organ involvement which creates a diverse learning experience and gives staff the ability to learn more about the systems of the body. 1 North holds advanced competencies that will be completed within an orientation to the unit. Circle of Life patients are those that are near or at end of life and are also cared for within our designated area of the unit. General medical patients are cared for as well. This department is comprised of single occupancy rooms only.

    General Surgical (2S) Patient population is made up of patients who need or are likely to need surgery other than orthopedic and cardiac surgery. Genitourinary, bowel, abdominal, thoracic, vascular, and other types of surgery are very common. You will further your knowledge about all systems of the body and obtain the skills to care for patients recovering from surgery. Some new advances completed by 2S and their general surgeons in the development of the Enhanced Recovery Program for colorectal surgeries, which has improved multiple patient outcomes.

    Orthopedic/Neurosurgical (2E) Patient population is made up of patients who require orthopedic surgery including neurosurgery. This department frequently cares for patients with hip and knee surgery, spine surgery, and traumas. They also care for patients with strokes, especially those needing surgery. You will further your knowledge about all systems of the body and obtain the skills to care for patients recovering from surgery. Kootenai Health is identified as a Center for Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement.

    Nurse Resource Team (NRT) is a float resource department where entry-level nurses and new graduates work in a variety of care areas including the medical-surgical departments, and Adult & Youth behavioral health. There are varying tiers within the department to advance into and some nurses in the NRT are trained to work in a specialty area that includes chemical dependency, progressive care, and emergency department. Other nurses in the NRT train to support the Flex RN role (hospital-wide episodic RN) and Specialty Wound Care and Vascular Access Hybrid roles. This department requires nurses to be efficient with time management and flexible in working with a variety of teams throughout the various units it supports. Nurses in the NRT participate in caring for a wide variety of patient populations and must maintain a high level of understanding in all specialties they work in.

    Oncology/Neurology/Medical (3E) Patient population is made up of patients needing chemotherapy, care for oncological emergencies, nonsurgical strokes, epilepsy monitoring, and general medical patients. You will further your knowledge and experience with all systems of the body with a focus on neurology and oncology treatments while caring for this patient population. The epilepsy monitoring unit is a newer service added to Kootenai Health and serves many members of the community who need further evaluation to help determine better care. * At times, part of 3E is being used for Covid-19 patient care.

    Adult Behavioral Health (KBH-East) patients are adults with a range of psychiatric issues, from short-term reactions to trauma to chronic mental illness. You will work with a multidisciplinary team including CNAs, therapists, Mental Health Specialists, and Recreational therapists. As an RN you will work closely with Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists to ensure each patient receives the best medication for their condition and that their plan of care meets their needs for stabilization and growth. You will learn how to effectively use empathy and active listening skills as well as de-escalation techniques. The knowledge you gain from working in Behavioral Health will be a valuable tool for future work with any patient in any setting.

    Behavioral Health Youth Acute (KBH-West) Patient population is made up of youth ages 6-17yrs old who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis where they have become a danger to themselves, others, or gravely disabled. Mental Status assessment, crisis de-escalation, and support coping skills education, and medication management are a few of the ways we partner with our patients to create a safe and healing environment to allow for them to make strides in their treatment and recovery plan as they move back out into the community.

    Start your Nursing career at Kootenai Health!


    Email or call (208) 625-4620

    We look forward to getting to know you better!

    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.