Resident Spotlight: Barb

EKG Training

Residents and seasoned RNs reviewing strips at Skills Lab


What about the Program made you want to apply?

I applied to the residency program because I felt that the reorganized EBP program met my needs as a new nurse. I wanted to be supported in my new role but  also have some autonomy. I wanted to have consistency in my preceptors and receive regular feedback from them. I felt that the Residency program offered that opportunity.

What are you looking forward to most as you move through this first year?

I am looking forward to a time where all the knowledge I am learning in this first year will become second nature.  Putting knowledge into practice can be overwhelming and difficult.  It can be discouraging at times when you think you’ve “got it” but you don’t.  You just have to trust the process.

What is one thing you enjoy about working at KRH?

I really enjoy the atmosphere of my work place.  I feel very supported and welcomed by my co-workers.

McConnell, Barb croppedA recent graduate of Montana State University, Barb has been working on the Intermediate Care Unit for past 10 weeks. Welcome to the team, Barb!

Our Brains are Full!

Skills Lab 1 includes a review of IV insertion and pumps, feeding tubes, catheter care, restraints and de-escalation techniques, ports and PICCs, PCAs, and EKG/telemetry.

Residents will conquer more complex tasks during Skills lab 2: chest tubes, epidurals, high-risk drips, wound care, blood product administration, and tracheostomies.

Thank you to our seasoned RNs for helping our new nurses build a strong clinical foundation.



Nurse Resident Spotlight: Marlayna

How has the Residency been valuable for you during your first six weeks on the floor?

The program has allowed me to have an extensive and customized orientation to 1st floor Med/Surg Oncology. It has allowed me to put my newly learned knowledge and skills into practice while having a preceptor dedicated to guiding and safeguarding my experience. The staff has been extremely welcoming and has created a great environment for my development.

What has been your favorite part of this program and why?

My favorite part of the program has been the flexibility and support. The educators involved have made the program fun, educational, and supportive and Mandy has been dedicated to being an advocate for each and every resident.  I’ve been so thankful to be part of this group of residents and look forward to being part of the KRMC team!

Resident Spotlight. MarlaynaMarlayna has lived in Montana for many years and the Flathead Valley is most certainly home.  She and her fiancé love to spend time outdoors with friends and family.  With a background in social work, entering the nursing profession was a natural draw and desire for her. She completed her nursing degree through the University of Montana and Flathead Valley Community College. Welcome to the team, Marlayna!