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Join the Nursing Community at Benefis

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare. Now more than ever, these professionals have complex roles that facilitate all aspects of care and help determine patient outcomes. At Benefis, we reward our nurses with a wealth of opportunities for career growth.

If you’re a new nursing graduate, you’ll find a welcoming community here that encourages you to learn and advance. We support you every step of the way with scholarships, continuing education, mentoring, and encouragement as you mature in your position.

Experienced nurses also find working at Benefis Health System both challenging and rewarding. We provide continuing education and other programs to enhance nursing skills and job satisfaction. And you’ll work with a team that is passionate about providing the best possible care.

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Shared Governance – Collaborating for Nursing Excellence

Benefis nurses use a system called shared governance that gives each nurse a voice in decision making. Our nurses are empowered by this structure, in which they participate in developing and improving clinical practice standards. Shared governance gives nurses ownership of their daily practice and ensures that patients receive the safest, most effective care.

Advancing Your Career

We support our nurses with a variety of continuing education and advancement programs.

Nurse Residency Program

Recent graduates can use our Nurse Residency program to transition into clinical practice. This program gives you a chance to sharpen your skills in areas such as critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. You’ll build confidence as you learn from and connect with experienced nurses, and incorporate our policies, procedures, and standards of care into your practice.  

Professional Growth Program

This voluntary program is designed to recognize and promote our nurses who are responsible for delivering direct patient care in the acute care hospital. It has four levels:

  1. Advanced competent
  2. Proficient
  3. Expert
  4. Leadership/Administrative

RN Preceptor Program

All of our new nurses are partnered with preceptors. These experienced RNs offer guidance and assistance through the orientation process and remain available with advice and coaching as needed.

Professional Certification

Benefis offers financial reimbursement for professional certification programs that further support your professional goals.

Continuing Education

Through a variety of educational venues, including on-site workshops as well as off-site classes, we provide you with opportunities and resources to grow as far as possible in your profession.

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program, STABLE neonatal care, Trauma Nursing Core Course, and the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course
  • Basic dysrhythmia and 12-lead ECG interpretation courses
  • Leadership courses such as Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability

Supporting Student Candidates

Student nurses help ensure our quality healthcare into the future. We offer a variety of educational scholarships to worthy candidates.

Doris Smith Nursing Scholarship and Rev. Van Orsdel Nursing Scholarship

These scholarships are administered through the Benefis Healthcare Foundation. They are awarded each year to exceptional nursing students enrolled in the MSU degree program at Great Falls Extended Campus.

Benefis Healthcare Foundation Healthcare Scholarship Program

The Foundation provides these scholarships to current Benefis Health System employees and college students who want to change careers, further their education, or complete their degrees.

Margaret Wynn Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established through a living trust from Margaret Wynn, who passed away in 2005. Wynn worked as a nurse in Great Falls for many years and her scholarship helps LPNs, EMTs, and CNAs obtain an associate degree in nursing (AND) or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN). It also provides for a current RN to obtain a BSN and to advance further with specialty training certification or a post-graduate degree.

Darlene Glantz Skees Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Benefis employees who are actively delivering patient care can apply for this scholarship to obtain an associate degree in nursing (AND) or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN). This scholarship also provides an opportunity for a current RN to obtain a BSN.

Other Nursing Scholarships

Working nurses, nursing students, and people who want to pursue nursing can also apply for scholarships such as Mercy Flight Memorial Scholarship, Jane M. Buckman Husted Nursing Scholarship, and the Julie Hickethier Nursing Scholarship.