Warriors for Well-being

During any transition, stress comes in positive and negative forms. Completing Nursing school and becoming a new Nurse comes with great excitement, but can also come with stressors such as relocation, being the “new kid,” starting from the bottom, and financial uncertainty. This, coupled with becoming a new Nurse during a global pandemic, can take a big toll on your overall well-being.

The Nurse Residency Program for Kalispell Regional Healthcare is here to offer a wide range of support to help you find your footing, feel welcome, and take your first steps on solid ground into your new profession.

Here is how we can help:

Navigation of employee benefits such as the Employee Assistance Program where employees have access to licensed counselors.

One-on-one and group debriefings to share stories, offer support, and find solutions to the challenges of being a new Nurse.

Courses focused on finding a healthy work-life balance, how to navigate difficult conversations, and more.

Extensive, structured orientation to the unit through the use of Married-State Preceptorship Model.

Want to join our team? Visit us at https://www.krh.org/krhc/employment/nurse-residency-program

On The Hunt!

Our August Cohort went on a scavenger hunt this week around the KRH Campus. Scavenger hunts are a great way to orient new employees to our hospital in a fun and exciting way while encouraging them to meet new faces.

Can you guess what they were looking for in each of the images below?

Lauren, Adam, Willie, and Danielle found our Montana Children’s Center!

Gina, Sarah, and Adam located a Vander-lift and looked pretty happy about it too!

Jadan, Ty, and Maura spotted our Telesitter devices used to keep our patients safe.

Stephanie, Jenny, and Jib found a VIP- Mandy, our Residency’s Program Director!

Sun, Smiles, and Social Distance

Our newest groups of Nurse Residents, AKA Cohort 13, hiked with our KRH Nurse Residency Coordinators at Herron Park for their first official meet-and-greet. Equipped with water, sunscreen, and masks, there was no better environment than the great outdoors for this team to get to know one another. Welcome, Nurse Residents!

Hello, My Name Is…RN!

It’s that time again! Interviews for our upcoming Fall Nurse Residency Cohort are in full swing. We’ve had an extremely talented and passionate group of applicants for our Residency Program and are looking forward to finding the right fit for them across our organization.

Interest in our program has come from all over the nation, including many local community members seeking to become part of our KRH team.

Stay tuned! Our next post will include a spotlight on some of our newest Nurse Residents!

Staying Close While 6 Feet Apart

Social-distancing restrictions in place due to the current COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down our current Cohort!

Nurse Residents in the KRMC Nurse Residency Program are finding creative ways to continue their professional development and growth of knowledge. Virtual skills labs, remote learning from home, and Face Time one-on-one meetings are now part of our toolbox. Here at KRMC, we recognize that the RN learning environment is ever-changing and we are ready to support our residents by thinking outside the box and adjusting our process to meet their needs! #stayhome #flattenthecurve #washyourhands

Teri Steffens, KRMC Nurse Residency Coordinator, shares a smile remotely with our current cohort.
Teri Steffens, KRMC Nurse Residency Coordinator, shares a smile remotely with our current Cohort.

From Us to You!

Meet our Nurse Residency Program Coordinators!

Teri Steffens and Marlayna Gran will guide you through the first year of your RN profession and will help set you up for success. These two are a perfection combination of smarts and humor- you’ll love getting to know them!

The “Ups and Downs” of Nursing

Montana’s Senior Nursing Students got a little taste of what life is like as a Registered Nurse during the Practice Transition Conference in Helena this month. You should have seen the room! Over one hundred Senior Nursing Students from around the state gathered together to discuss their transition into the Nursing Profession. We tried to capture on video the entire room doing squats to “Bring Sally Up,” but our technological skills failed us!

We believe our future nurses should have all the support and resources they need prior to entering into the profession and joining a Nurse Residency Program. We were thrilled to meet the newest face of nursing and are looking forward to welcoming them into the ranks! At this year’s conference, we discussed the ups and downs of nursing and how resiliency can help set you up for success.