New grad specialty programs in North Idaho!

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Kootenai Medical Center offering new grad specialty progams:

Here is the what is on their website:

Details: Deadline for applications/supplemental required documents for Kootenai AdvanceTrack is: October 25, 2010

Kootenai AdvanceTrack

The Kootenai AdvanceTrack is an extremely competitive program that prepares the new graduate nurse for specialty areas of nursing care. The program accepts only the most outstanding and committed applicants. The Nurse Residency is a 6 month, full-time program that will challenge you physically and mentally. Residents are on a fast track to gaining the knowledge and skill needed to become an experienced nurse in one of these specialty areas:

1 Opportunity Available in Birthing Center (L+D/mother baby)

3 Oportunities Available in Critical Care (ICU/Cardiac ICU)

1 Opportunity Available in Surgery/Operating Room

As Residents work in their chosen specialty area they participate in an aggressive blend of classroom education and accelerated clinical experiences. In addition, Kootenai prides itself on maintaining a family-oriented culture while our hospital grows to meet the needs of our community. Residents are embraced as an essential member of the Kootenai family.


Application to the AdvanceTrack is extremely competitive. Applicants must:

- Graduate from nursing program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.

- Be in their final semester before graduation. August graduates may apply with December graduates if all other qualifications are met.

- Possess a GPA of 3.5 or higher in nursing pre-requisites/coursework at the time of application.

- Possess an active Idaho Graduate Nurse or Registered Nurse license (prior to start date with the hospital).

- Have no work experience as a Registered Nurse.

- Commit to stay employed at KMC for a minimum of 30 months after completion of the AdvanceTrack.

- Commit to continued professional development through such things as BSN completion (if not completed) and specialty certification within 30 months of completing the AdvanceTrack.

- It is highly recommended that applicants have passed the NCLEX-RN prior to starting the program.


A complete application to the AdvanceTrack includes:

- A complete Kootenai online application for employment.

- Two letters of recommendation, one from a nursing program instructor and one from a previous employer.

- Submit most recent Nursing academic transcript showing pre-requisite/coursework demonstrating a 3.5 GPA or higher.

- One-page description of the personal and professional attributes you would bring to the Program.

- Identify the specialty area you are applying for in a cover letter. If you have a second area of interest that you are equally interested in, please indicate that as well.


- On feet a minimum of 8-12 hours, depending on length of shift.

- Frequent stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing heavy stretchers and other equipment.

- Frequent moving, transferring and positioning of patients with and/or without assistance.

- Read charts, dials, equipment settings, literature and other printed and handwritten materials.

- Communicate with patients, physicians, families and co-workers in person and on telephone.

- Work with equipment and manipulate equipment settings, computer keyboard, etc., as well as mixes and administers medications.

- Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up.

- Able to use fine motor skills.

- Able to record activities, document interventions.

- Able to use computer and learn new software programs.


- KMC operates 24 hours per day each day of the year; operational needs of departments may require that you be available to work all shifts, weekends and holidays to meet the needs of the patients.

- Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment.

- Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

- Potential exposure to hostile individuals.

Contact Kootenai website to learn more about the hospital; They are a magnet facility; They are located in North Idaho, about 40 miles east of Spokane, Washington, off of I-90.

Hope that helps!

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN

Somewhere in the PACNW

I applied! It didnt give me an option to submit all the other criteria they need. I'll call them tomorrow and fax it to them. I'm sure its extremely competitive but my fingers are crossed and hopefully I'll hear something :yeah:

Specializes in CCRN MedSurg Neuro Trauma Transplant ICU.

lindarn: Do you currently work at KMC? My best friend recently moved to CDA and works at KMC now. I am about to graduate nursing school with my BSN, and am looking for different places to apply. I love that KMC offers this advanced track program that would allow me to be in the critical care unit, but do you know if they are still doing it? And if you do work at KMC, how do you like it?

Thanks in advance!

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