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 in one of the following nursing roles.
American Nurses Credentialing Center
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.
In 2002, Kootenai Health joined an elite group of about 100 healthcare facilities to demonstrate the highest standard of care for mothers and babies. This official designation also recognizes Kootenai's dedicated to improving infant health through breastfeeding and other maternal-infant care practices.
In 2011, Modern Healthcare magazine named Kootenai Health, “The Best Place to Work in Large Healthcare Organizations,” as well as one of the nation's top 20 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
In 2014, Kootenai Health was verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
BlueCross BlueShield Association
Kootenai Health is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Hip, and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery. This nationally-recognized honor is given to hospitals achieving quality standards and demonstrating better patient outcomes while also providing affordable care.
American College of Surgeons: Cancer Programs
Kootenai Clinic's Cancer Services received CoC accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a result of a successful demonstration by the center that patients have access to the full scope of services required for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and support.
As a Kootenai Health nurse, you will never stop learning. Our nurse educators provide on-the-floor training to all of our nurses, no matter their experience to make sure they are well prepared to provide our patients with the highest quality of care. Patient safety is a priority at Kootenai Health, and we pride ourselves on providing our staff with the necessary tools and training to excel.Tuition Reimbursement
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 join the Nurse Pipeline Committee to explore options. Our Fellowship program also opens doors for our nursing staff to growth within our organization.
We also welcome recent graduates to join the Kootenai Health team. New grads have the opportunity to participate in our residency program or advanced track program to get them up to speed and prepared to serve our patients.
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 the following specialty areas:
Upon completing the program, Advance Track nurses are competent to independently practice nursing in their chosen specialty area. They demonstrate professional nursing practice in the areas of: Critical Thinking, Clinical Knowledge, Professionalism, Communication, Technical Skills, and Management of Nursing Responsibilities.
Unrestricted access to Kootenai’s Library Services with comprehensive resources; library staff for educational assistance, research aid, and resource management. A professional nursing culture and clinical environment consistent with the philosophy of the ANCC’s Magnet Award—the national standard for nursing excellence in the United States.
The Advance Track is a six month, full-time staff nurse position at Kootenai Health. Participants are paid a full RN wage and are eligible for benefits. Participants receive:
Application to the Advance Track program is extremely competitive. Applicants must:
Applications are posted twice annually; the first co-hort posting is in March or early April, with a start date in early July. The second cohort posting is in September or early October, with a start date of early January.
Graduating nurses that meet the eligibility requirements may apply for available Advance Track positions on our website at; jobs.KH.org. Contact Kootenai Health Human Resources at; 208.625.4620, or Student Services at 208.625.6078, for additional assistance.