New Employees

We are so pleased with your decision to join our team and your commitment to serving the people of this region.

Four simple words guide the actions of our employees: Improving Health, Enriching Life. Our employees are caring, respectful, and work in teams, to provide an exceptional patient experience. A clear set of standards guide our behavior, reflected in our high levels of employee engagement.

Altru Health System is committed to hiring and investing in talented people, committed to delivering world-class care. To help in a smooth onboarding and orientation process, we ask new employees to complete a number of steps before beginning their employment. Upon hire, you will receive an email from your Human Resources Talent Specialist, sharing key requirements for you to complete, as preparation for your first day at Altru Health System.

Please review all of the information below to prepare for your employment at Altru.

We welcome you to a team of over 4,000 employees. Please know that you will have many opportunities to make a difference for our patients, their families, and the communities we serve! We look forward to having you be part of the Altru team.

Thank you for choosing Altru Health System.

Kellee J. Fisk
Chief People Officer

Behavior Standards

The day we accept a position at Altru, and make the commitment to be part of this organization, we begin contributing to the organization's culture. As a result, this impacts the care we provide to our patients and their families. A key part of creating a culture that consistently delivers high quality and reliable care to our patients is having a core set of behavior standards. These standards, which we all understand and live by, ensure that we consistently deliver world-class care.

We are pleased to introduce our Behavior Standards (created by employees, leaders and physicians), represented by "I Am Altru". Each letter of “I Am Altru” is the first letter of a word that represents a category of our behavior standards. Each category has a “we” statement and several “I” statements that speak to what we will commit to as individuals and as a team. These standards are expected behaviors for all of us.


Employee Testimonial

"A small act of kindness can have a huge impact on a person's day!"

-Bethany L.

Altru's Behavior Standards

  • Integrity
  • Acknowledge
  • Meaningful
  • Accountable
  • Listen
  • Team
  • Respect
  • Understand

Employment Offer

Altru Health System is committed to fostering a safe environment for patients, visitors, staff, agency staff and others entering our premises. Once you are offered a position, your Human Resources Talent Specialist will assist you in scheduling the necessary screening appointment.

The purpose of the health screening is to: a) identify functional performance and your ability to perform essential job functions; and b) to document immunizations. Your offer of employment is conditional until screening activities and the onboarding and orientation processes are completed.

Employee Health is located in Altru 860 Columbia, 860 S. Columbia Rd., Grand Forks.

What do I bring to my Employee Health appointment?

    1. Drivers license or other photo identification
    2. Current immunization record – Documentation of these are in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines:
      • Two-step tuberculosis skin test. If a tuberculosis skin test has been completed in the past 12 months, please bring a copy to your Employee Health appointment. If you are TB positive, please bring a copy of a chest X-ray done within the past 12 months.
      • MMR x 2 or titer indicating immunity
      • Hepatitis B x 3 (for all who are at risk for blood / body fluid exposure)
      • Date of last tetanus vaccination
      • Chickenpox vaccination dates or titer indicating immunity
      • Seasonal flu shot required by December 1 until late spring, as determined by Infection Control. If you have already received your flu vaccine or flu mist for the current flu season, please bring documentation, proving receipt of the flu vaccine. This will ensure compliance with our mandatory influenza vaccination policy.

Certain positions are required to complete a functional assessment following the Employee Health screening appointment. If you have been scheduled by your talent specialist for the functional assessment, you will check in at the registration desk on the main floor of Altru 860 Columbia.

Following your health screening appointment and functional assessment, please visit Altru's Career Services (Gate City Building, 2850 24th Avenue South, Grand Forks).

What do I bring to Orientation?

Proper forms of identification for your I-9 form, which provides verification that you have the legal right to work in the United States.

New Employee Benefits

Congratulations on accepting a position at Altru Health System!

Altru offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time employees. When it comes to selecting your benefits, our Human Resources staff are available to assist you in making the best decisions for you and your family. To receive benefits, an employee must work 24 hours per week. Benefits you elect will begin the 1st of the month, following your start date. At the time of hire, those employees eligible to receive benefits will get instructions to complete online. As part of General Orientation, Human Resources staff will present a session, in which benefits are explained in detail. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Altru's Total Rewards

Employee Benefits

Benefit Overview Video

To contact Altru Human Resources benefits staff, please call 701.780.5107 or email:

Orientation Schedule

New Employee Orientation

Your first day of work will coincide with New Employee Orientation, which is held every other Monday through Wednesday. The purpose of the orientation is to provide you with an organizational overview, help you become more comfortable with a new work environment, and share expectations regarding our culture and our vision to deliver World Class Care. Human Resources will confirm your attendance after you have met all of the onboarding requirements (e.g. health screening, background check, functional assessment, other).

New Employee Orientation is held in Rooms A & B of the hospital (1200 South Columbia Road), lower level, next to the cafeteria.

Because the program begins at 8 a.m., we ask that you arrive at 7:45 a.m. to register and have your photo taken for your Altru ID badge. A $5 lunch voucher will be provided. The cafeteria accepts cash and credit/debit cards.

Please park in the lot located south of 14th Avenue South.

Main Campus Parking Map

Acceptable attire for New Employee Orientation is professional business per the Altru Dress image policy - no jeans, sweatshirts, sweatpants, leggings or shorts are allowed. Also, the room can be cool, so dress in layers as needed.

New Employee Orientation Agenda

Nursing Orientation


Employee Testimonial

"Patients always come first and I enjoy helping others. One of the many reasons I decided to become a nurse."

Our nurses make a difference and a lasting impression in the lives of our patients. Altru Health System's comprehensive nursing orientation assists both new and experienced nurses to successfully integrate into our patient-centered work setting. Interdisciplinary experts from the organization present information, and provide resources about various care practices, essential tasks and patient safety topics.

Nursing Orientation is held during orientation week and follows one day of General Orientation and two days of Clinical Orientation. New nurses and nurse aides join together for the better part of two days to prepare for delivering high-quality care as a team. Training for Epic (electronic medical record) is held during a second orientation week. Once per month, a skills validation day is held.

Nursing Orientation Agenda 2019

Nurse Aide Orientation


Employee Testimonial

"This is the perfect experience to have before becoming a nurse."

Nurse Aides positively impact the lives of their patients, by assisting the care team in many aspects of patient care. Nurse aides play a significant role in patients' day-to-day experiences.

Nurse Aide Orientation provides skills, technical and computer training, along with information about scheduling, unit routines and rounding.

Nurse Aide Orientation is held during orientation week and follows one day of General Orientation and two days of Clinical Orientation. New nurse aides and nurses join together for the better part of two days to prepare for delivering high-quality care as a team.

Nurse CO-OP Orientation

Congratulations on beginning your nursing career. During your time at Altru Health System, you will gain valuable, worthwhile experience with our nursing staff. We value your dedication to the nursing profession.

Nurse Co-op Orientation is held twice a year, correlating with the University of North Dakota spring and summer sessions. The purpose of this orientation is to familiarize you with Altru’s mission, vision, values, goals and organizational structure.

Important Contacts and Resources

Area/Department Phone Number Fax Number Email Address
Clinic Information 701.780.6000
Hospital Information 701.780.5000
Employee Health 701.780.1853 701.780.2440
Help Desk - Information Services 701.780.5774
Human Resources 701.780.5107 701.780.1093
Clinical Education 701.780.5179 701.780.1093
Security Access (Name Badge & Parking) 701.780.5708

Tobacco Free Environment

Altru Health System is dedicated to the prevention of disease and promotion of good health. We feel a responsibility as health care providers to be leaders in the community, by practicing a healthy lifestyle behavior. Tobacco-related illness and death is the number one health problem in the United States today. The prevention of heart disease, cancer, emphysema and stroke is promoted by the elimination of tobacco products.

The patient experience at Altru Health System is our highest priority. Every day, we work to ensure that our patients receive the best quality of care possible, in the most comfortable environment. Tobacco odor is considered offensive by many patients, and can lead to an unsatisfying experience. Even if we are not directly involved in patient care activities, at any point in our day, we could come in contact with a patient. Being free of tobacco odor will help lead to a more positive patient experience. With this, and in accordance with the Employee Image Policy (#3100), employees will be free from the odor of smoke while at work, for the comfort of our patients.

Parking Information

Making a great first and lasting impression is a priority at Altru Health System. Parking is the first opportunity we have to show patients and staff how much we care.

All employees needing parking and working in either Grand Forks or East Grand Forks are asked to print and complete the parking agreement noted below; bring the completed form to General Orientation and return to the Security Access Coordinator. A parking tag will be issued for your vehicle and must be hung on the rearview mirror of your vehicle.

Parking tags are not issued to Altru regional employees.

Security Access Office is located in Corporate Development, Lower Level of Altru 1300 Columbia (1300 South Columbia Road). The phone number is 701.780.5708.

Please email us at if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can make parking better for patients and staff.

Parking Frequently Asked Questions

Parking Information Handout

Parking Policy

Main Campus Parking Map

South Washington Campus Parking Map

Yorhom Parking Map

Parking Agreement Form

Maps and Directions

City Bus Information

Cities Area Transit (CAT) is the public transportation provider for Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN. CAT operates 13 routes Monday through Saturday, providing you with quality, affordable transportation.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays: Closed
Major Holidays: Closed

Metro Transit Center (MTC):
The Metro Transit Center (450 Kittson Ave., Grand Forks) is the main transfer point between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks buses. The MTC offers bus passes for sale, vending machines, comfortable indoor seating and a public restroom. The MTC is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Planning your trip:
CAT route maps and schedules outline the major bus stops on each route and the route timetables. Find the bus stop that is nearest to you. Follow the column down to determine the time the bus will be at that particular location. In addition to the bus stops listed on the time tables, buses will stop at shelters and locations that are designated with a bus stop sign along the routes. These locations are marked on the route map with a bus stop symbol. Plan to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled stop time to account for differences between clocks.

Bus Routes and Schedules

Route Shout