Kootenai Emergency Room AdvanceTrack

Kootenai Emergency Room AdvanceTrack

Kootenai Emergency Room AdvanceTrack New Graduate Nurses For new nurses, the first year of employment is a critical learning period where, ideally, nurses enter the workforce and receive essential support that effectively socializes them into competent professional nurses. However, recent research suggests that this need is not being adequately met in many health care organizations across […]

Kootenai Emergency Room AdvanceTrack New Graduate Nurses

For new nurses, the first year of employment is a critical learning period where, ideally, nurses enter the workforce and receive essential support that effectively socializes them into competent professional nurses. However, recent research suggests that this need is not being adequately met in many health care organizations across America.

At Kootenai Health, we realize that new nurses need to have the support and guidance they need to develop their own Heart for Excellence. That is why every new graduate nurse that begins their career at Kootenai is enrolled in theKootenai Nurse Residency Program.

The Residency Program builds on the foundation new nurses receive in the academic environment by integrating their nursing work at the bedside with a series of six workshops designed especially for them. The Kootenai New Graduate Workshops are the backbone of the Nurse Residency Program and serve to reinforce the foundations of nursing practice and promote the professional nursing role.

For more information about the Kootenai Nurse Residency Program, click here.

For new graduates with a passion for specialty nursing, we offer an advanced nurse residency program called the Kootenai AdvanceTrack. Enrollment in the AdvanceTrack program is selective and develops competent professionals with exemplary skills and knowledge in the specialty areas of:

  • Critical care
  • Obstetrics
  • Operating room/Surgery
  • Emergency department

For more information about the Kootenai AdvanceTrack Program, click here.

In addition to these programs, each new graduate nurse at Kootenai also receives the following:

  • A thoroughly structured general orientation to the hospital
  • Training in Kootenai’s vision and values, and our way of keeping patients safe and well cared for.
  • Training in how that care is documented in our electronic medical record.
  • Basic life support training (if not already done).
  • An individualized orientation to their nursing unit.
  • Training in national certification courses (like ACLS) that are needed for their practice.
  • Unrestricted access to the comprehensive resources of the KMC medical library and library staff for educational assistance, research aid, and resource management.
  • A professional nursing culture and clinical environment consistent with the tenets of the ANCC’s Magnet award—the national standard for nursing excellence in the United States.