Nursing Jobs

Nursing Jobs

Nursing Opportunities

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.

  • Critical Care
  • NICU
  • Women's & Children's
  • Nurse Expert/Educational
  • Surgical Services
All Nursing Jobs

Nursing Excellence

Magnet Status

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.

Baby-Friendly Designation

Baby-Friendly USA
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.

Best Place to Work

Modern Healthcare
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.”

ACS Verified Trauma Center

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.

Blue Distinction Center

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.

Commission on Cancer

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.

Keep Learning

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

Growth Opportunities

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.

Growth Opportunities

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.

Nurse Residency Program

The Kootenai Health Nurse Residency Program will enhance your transition into professional. Each month, new nurses come together to give mutual support, practice emerging nursing skills, and embed 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 the following specialty areas:

  • Critical Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Operating Room/Surgery
  • Emergency

Advance Track Outcomes

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.

Program Overview

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:

  • Over 750 hours of direct bedside clinical instruction with a dedicated nurse preceptor.
  • Concurrent enrollment in the Kootenai Nurse Residency Program.
  • Training in national certification courses that are integral to their specialty practice, such as BLS, ACLS, TNCC, NRP, PALS, and many more.
  • Specialty-specific education courses taught by trained staff development nurses (Basic Cardiac Arrhythmia, Critical Care Basics, AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring, Labor and Birth, etc).
  • Participation in gold-standard national clinical education packages such as AORN’s Peri-op 101.
  • Unrestricted access to Kootenai’s Library Services with for comprehensive resources; and library staff for educational assistance, research aid, and resource management.
  • A professional nursing culture and clinical environment consistent with the tenets philosophy of the ANCC’s Magnet Award—the national standard for nursing excellence in the United States.

Eligibility and Application

Application to the Advance Track program is extremely competitive. Applicants must:

  • Graduate from nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Possess a bachelors degree in nursing upon graduation. (Applicants can be in their final semester before graduation and still apply.)
  • Applicants can be in their final semester before graduation and still apply.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants have passed the NCLEX-RN prior to starting the program.
  • Possess an active Idaho Graduate Nurse or Registered Nurse license (prior to start date with the hospital.)
  • Have no work experience as a RN or LPN. (CNA, phlebotomy, RT, Tech experience accepted.)
  • Continue full time employment with Kootenai Health for 30 months after completing the Advance Track program.
  • Obtain specialty certification in chosen nursing specialty (such as CCRN, CEN, or RN-C) within 30 months of completing the Advance Track Program.

Application Posting

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.

 

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