Kootenai Health

At Kootenai Health, nurses play a pivotal role in helping patients heal in a safe and compassionate environment.

They work as a interprofessional team to deliver superior quality and compassionate care.

At Kootenai, nursing isn’t just a job. It’s an ongoing commitment to excellence as a provider and manager of care as a member of a dynamic and emerging profession.

Magnet Designation

Kootenai Health has been designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet hospital since 2006. This designation is nursing’s top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence and hospitals must apply every four years to renew it.

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We pride ourselves on delivering superior quality care to our patients.

At Kootenai Health, we believe in the power of the nurse-patient relationship and believe true caring is an essential function of helping patients heal.

Magnet Designation

One of the ways in which Kootenai Health pursues excellence is through Magnet™ designation. Magnet designation is nursing’s top honor and is accepted nationally as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Hospitals must apply every four years to renew this designation.

Magnet hospitals represent a select group of hospitals that have successfully undergone a rigorous, multi-faceted evaluation conducted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Kootenai Health is proud to maintain Magnet designation and continue striving for excellence.

Shared Governance

As an organization, we have committed to a shared governance style of leadership which means our frontline staff members are empowered to make many key decisions relating to patient care. We do this by creating interdependent specialty councils that report to our Professional Nursing Council: Nursing Quality Council, Professional Development and Continuing Education, Nursing Practice Council, Nursing Work Environment, and Nursing Research and EBP Council.

Shared governance has resulted in increased employee satisfaction, better patient safety and care, increased professional autonomy, greater patient satisfaction, and shorter lengths of stay for patients.