Syke’s, Sunshine, and Snakes; Oh My!

What better way to kick off the start of a great year in the KRMC Nurse Residency Program than a group breakfast and hike? Our 2019 Fall Cohort met up to enjoy breakfast at the lovely local Syke’s Diner followed by a sunny-strewn hike through Lone Pine State Park. We work hard to create a fun, energetic work environment for our staff and love bringing our Nurse Residents into the fold.

NOT pictured in the photo is the friendly garden snake that was befriended by one our team members!

KRH Annual Report

Join us here at KRMC in celebrating the hard work of many disciplines that partner with nursing every day. Click the image below to check out our 2018-2019 Annual Survey!

We are proud to work with so many talented nurses and
caregivers. Together, we can continue to elevate our nursing
practice and are looking forward to another great year!

KRH Welcomes the Fall 2018 Cohort

On July 23rd, 11 smart and passionate nurses joined the KRH Nurse Residency Program. They will be serving areas including Oncology, Medical, Surgical, Intermediate, and Critical Care.

Orientation week was jam packed with a team building hike, a welcome lunch with nursing leaders, clinical orientation, computer training, and a in-depth overview of what to expect in the first year.  Next week – meeting trained preceptors and starting the very first official shift as a licensed nurse.

Welcome to the KRH team!




The literature is quite clear – nurses who are professionally engaged have increased role satisfaction. At month 10 of employment, KRH Nurse Residents attend a Professional Development workshop to find out what professional engagement and development can look like for them.

The workshop includes:

  • Professional Portfolio 101
  • Intro to Professional Certifications
  • Pursuit of the Higher Degree
  • Finding a Mentor
  • Developing Yourself as a Leader
  • Shared Governance: Finding Your Voice from the Bedside

At the end of the workshop, Nurse Residents set their goals for their second year of nursing. Check out these #goals #ournursesaregogetters #engageinyourprofession #krhnurse

“The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them”


Welcome Cohort 6!

2 groupCohort 6 began their journey in February and are making an impact in the lives of patients through out many units of the hospital:

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  • Medical
  • Hospice
  • Surgical
  • Behavioral Health
  • Obstetrics
  • Critical Care
  • Intermediate Care
  • Cath Lab
  • Transitional Care

This exceptional group comes from many corners of the state (Great Falls and Billings) and beyond (Texas, New Mexico, and Maryland).  Our local nurses are helping them to explore the area and get settled here in the beautiful Flathead Valley.

Hint hint: this is the fun of starting in a group. No one is alone and everyone has fun adventures to share, making the process of beginning your career a lot more fun.

Welcome to KRH, Cohort 6!


KRH Becomes 1st Nationally Accredited Residency Program in Montana

It is with great honor and pleasure to announce that the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Nurse Residency Program has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’sANCC PTAP Distinction Logo v4 (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program, the highest recognition awarded by the ANCC’s Accreditation Program. KRH is the first Healthcare System in the state of Montana to be awarded this distinction and one of less than 50 ANCC accredited programs in the United States. This designation will help to recruit and retain high caliber nurses at KRH and validates that the program meets all national standards and criteria necessary to transition newly licensed nurses into practice. The appraiser team commended the Program on its robustness, especially considering the small size of the hospital with limited resources.

“This process has been a lot of work and a true pleasure to be a part of. It takes a village to create a successful environment for our nurses transitioning into the profession, and I am proud to see that we are heading in the right direction. Collaboration is key and I can’t speak highly enough of the good work and support from our Executive Leadership Team, Nursing Directors/ Managers, Expert Clinical Nursing Staff, Clinical Educators, Preceptors, Interdisciplinary Teams, Human Resource Partners, and Academic Partners. We look forward to continuing to grow and refine our program in the upcoming years.” 

– Mandy Pokorny, Residency Coordinator

A very big CONGRATULATIONS to Mandy and the invaluable KRH team members that played such a critical role in this successful accomplishment of achieving ANCC accreditation with distinction. As guardians of this amazing organization, living our core values to improve health, comfort and life; we continue to strive for excellence every day, in every way.

Click here to learn more about the ANCC’s PTAP Program and why finding an accredited Nurse Residency Program is an important consideration when looking for your first job.

Resident Spotlight: Linnea

Tell us a little about yourself

I was born and raised in Fairfield, MT and I received my BSN at Carroll College. Go Saints!Photo

Why did you decide to apply for the program?

I really loved the idea of nurse residency programs, and the additional support for that comes with them. I listened to Mandy (the director of the residency program for KRH) speak at a Transition to Practice conference my senior year of nursing school, and I knew this was a program I could see myself in. I wanted to stay in Montana, and I have family in the valley, so it was a perfect fit!

What have you liked so far about being at KRH?

Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging! The nurses and other staff members love to teach and share their knowledge. They genuinely want to see us learn and succeed. I’ve been told that nursing is a team sport, and that is definitely the case here. There are a lot of moving parts that come together to care for our patients in the best way we possibly can.

What do you look forward to in the next 6 months?

I am excited to get to know my co-workers and other members of the team at KRH. As I said before, it’s a team sport and forming trusting relationships is really important. I look forward to improving my skills and med/surg knowledge, as well as getting to work more with patients.

 What is your WHY you went into nursing?

I went into nursing to make a difference and to help others, even in the smallest of ways. Bedside nursing definitely puts us in position to do that. It’s a lifelong profession, with so many different routes you can take it. I love working with others, and I am very thankful to be in this field!

Welcome to KRH, Linnea!

We are so excited to have you on our team.


Summer 2018 Cohort

Group Photo Aug 17On August 7th, 10 newly licensed nurses joined KRH through the Nurse Residency Program.  For the past three months, they have been working diligently with preceptors and attending residency classes in preparation to practice independently.

Welcome to the team, cohort 5.

We are proud of you!