Nursing Education

Altru is committed to the professional growth and development of its health care providers. In 1996, Altru developed its Mentor Program specifically for nurses.

The Mentor Program supports Altru Health System's mission, vision and values by providing an enhanced learning environment that promotes growth and development through collaborative efforts of the entire team. 

Mentor Program


The Nurse Mentor Program supports Altru Health System's mission, vision and values by providing an enhanced learning environment by promoting growth and development through collaborative efforts of the entire team.


The program provides information on mentoring along with guidelines and tools to facilitate a successful mentoring relationship. It is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Develop supportive and encouraging relationships
  • Guide nurses in their professional, personal and interpersonal growth
  • Provide a smooth transition into Altru Health System and create a sense of belonging
  • Communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities and stressors

Theoretical Framework: Patricia Benner's "From Novice to Expert Model"

What is a Mentor?

Each mentor plans, coordinates and facilitates their new mentee's orientation process and serves as both a guide and resource for the mentee, preparing him or her to successfully fulfill their work roles and responsibilities so they can achieve and maintain a high level of standard for practice.

Nurse Mentor Qualifications

  • Employed at Altru Health System for a minimum of one year
  • Strong interpersonal skills and behaviors that align to the organization's values
  • Demonstrate professional expertise in the department
  • Have the desire to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Flexibility in work schedule to meet mentor program needs and contact with the mentees
  • Passion for the profession of nursing

For more information about Altru's Nurse Mentor Program, please contact Nicki at 701.780.5172.

Healthcare Horizons

Healthcare Horizons is an annual healthcare conference facilitated by Altru Health System. The conference is held every fall at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.


The goal of this conference is to strengthen the participant's ability to meet the challenges of everyday work by increasing knowledge of various clinical topics while providing professional development opportunities.


We welcome registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, healthcare students and professionals.

What We Offer

We encourage and support the continuing growth and development of Altru employees through educational programs. Eligibility is based on the employees' status, performance, length of service, as well as receiving no other Altru Health System scholarships.

Academic Credit

Benefited employees (scheduled for 1040+ yearly hours and have completed their entry probationary period of six calendar months of continuous service) are eligible for tuition assistance. This applies to courses offered for academic credit by an accredited institution. The courses must have direct application for an employable position in the organization.


Some employees have the opportunity to credential in their special area of practice. Credentialing is continuing beyond basic education, licensure or registration. In these situations, only the fee for the initial certification exams will be reimbursed following proof of successful test completion.


Several nursing scholarships are available through Altru’s Learning and Organizational Development department. Please call 780.5195 for more information about scholarships.

Additional Course Offerings

From critical care orientation to advanced cardiac life support (ALCS), Altru continually offers classes to health care professionals. See the complete listing of upcoming courses.