Kootenai Medical Center? - page 2

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Hello Folks I am an Idaho native currently living in Wisconsin. I live here because after I got out of the army I was offered a full ride scholarship to a nursing school in exchange for a contract with the hospital I... Read More


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    i left spokane in 1990, but i loved it there. at the time i left, nurses were leaving kootenai mc in droves because they weren't getting their full paychecks. they'd be cancelled due to low census, run through all of their benefit time and then start getting short paychecks.

    i worked at deaconess -- it was a fabulous place to work, and spokane was a nice place to live. couer de alene is a beautiful place as well. i don't know anything about property values now, but i envy those of you who are moving there!

    (six years, 10 months and two weeks until the child is through school and i can leave here!)
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    Did you come to Coeur d' Alene and interview? I love it here. I've been working as an R.N. @ KMC for many years, and am VERY happy with my employment. I would like to encourage you in proceeding with your application, though with the dates I'm seeing, you've probably found employment by now. Good luck.
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    I just recently inquired. The Sacred Heart pays for new grads start at $24.59. As far as what is the good area to buy home is then I would say Spokane Valley, Greenacres. for couple resons the area has good schools, easy freeway acess to Cour D'arlene or Spokane downtown. Also nice view of the mountains and valley and more reasonable in utilities and housing prices compare to Liberty Lake and Veradale.
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    I worked for Kootenai for many years (in the ICU). I ran, yes ran when management decided it was OK for surgical nurses with no critical care experience to work in the ICU because they were so short staffed. When questioned regarding the monitors, the surgical nurse was told "the charge nurse will take care of the monitors for you." Safety issues have driven many experieced critical care nurses away from this facility.
    Also, regarding the Magnet status-I believe that Kootenai is on a probation period and didn't receive renewal due to low numbers of BSN nurses in their critical care.
    Yes, there are nursing schools in the same city, but that school produces ADN nurses and Kootenai is only interested in BSN nurses for Critical Care and has made that very clear to their VERY experienced ADN nurses. Do yourself a favor, wait until Kootenai's management issues blow over. Once they do, it is a great place to work, but you don't want to step face first into that cow pie!!!
    Go into Washington...
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    i worked for kootenai for many years (in the icu). i ran, yes ran when management decided it was ok for surgical nurses with no critical care experience to work in the icu because they were so short staffed. when questioned regarding the monitors, the surgical nurse was told "the charge nurse will take care of the monitors for you."

    *** wow! scary, and obviously unsafe.

    safety issues have driven many experieced critical care nurses away from this facility.
    also, regarding the magnet status-i believe that kootenai is on a probation period and didn't receive renewal due to low numbers of bsn nurses in their critical care.

    *** no offence but i very much doubt that could be the case. my hospital is magnet and has been re certified twice and they will only hire new grad adns into their critical care nurse residency for the sicu. i say on my hospital
    s "journey to magnet" committee. and there was no requirement for there to be enough bsn rns in any particular unit.
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    That is good to know regarding Magnet status. This is simply information we were told at one time. Perhaps as a push towards BSN ??? Thanks for the info.
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