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UnityPoint Health Clinical Nurse Educator - ICU in Sioux City, Iowa

UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's

Sioux City


Acts in the role of educator for new staff and also in implementing new ideas and best practices in the nursing areas. Demonstrates excellent teaching and collaboration skills with all disciplines in providing expert nursing skills to patients and their families. Has the ability to integrate evidence- based best practices to implement them in the nursing areas. Works across the continuum of care to maintain standards of care and quality improvement within area of clinical expertise.

Clinical Excellence/Leadership/Patient Care

  • Demonstrates competence in the skills, (processes, procedures, and equipment) necessary to carry out assigned duties as identified below. Demonstrated competence in recognizing and responding to patients physical, mental, emotional, and developmental needs should be evaluated in relation to the patient populations served as appropriate for each responsibility.

Direct Patient Care

  • Maintains a safe and clean environment.

  • Performs prescribed Unit Safety Checks.

  • Interprets physician's orders.

  • Assists with patient procedures, admissions, discharges and transfers.

  • Provides patient/family education.

  • Promotes an environment of medication safety.

  • Responds to Rapid Response Codes, Code Blues’, on and of unit.

  • Monitors patient sensitive indicators (real time) and collaborates with manager/director for unit improvements.

  • Reports/monitors unit events per policy.


  • Identifies/recognizes signs of allergic reaction.

  • Is knowledgeable of cardiac and pressure monitoring.

  • Assures availability of equipment and supplies.

  • Reports equipment problems or malfunctions.

  • Assesses the needs of patients and families, providing appropriate teaching and making the necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.

  • Develops an individual plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient/family and health care team.

  • Promptly completes documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient’s care.

  • Delivers high quality care utilizing the nursing process while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills of the specialty required on assigned unit in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.

  • Utilizes holistic approach (considering biopsychosocial, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.

  • Delegates and provides direction for other healthcare providers and hold them accountable for their involvement in the plan of care.

  • Utilizes critical thinking in making independent judgments and maintains responsibility and accountability for the knowledge of conditions of assigned patients.

Development & Patient Education

  • Continues professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance nursing practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.

  • Assess and chooses teaching strategies appropriate to the patient’s and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.

  • Consults appropriate resources within the hospital to provide specialized education.

  • Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

Basic UPH Performance Criteria

  • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

  • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

  • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

  • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, JCAHO, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

  • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

  • Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

  • Must be able to effectively interact and lead a large number of professional people. Must be current in knowledge of clinical practice as it relates to nursing unit specialty. Requires experience with supplies, equipment, quality assurance, infection control, scheduling, staffing, physician relations and over-all leadership of the department.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, physicians, and staff. Ability to plan, organize, and manage time effectively.


  • Graduate of accredited nursing program


  • 3 years of clinical specialty and proven teaching expertise with hospital experience or a proven history of positive leadership skills in an active hospital leadership or Lead Nurse role.

  • Positive history of collaboration, team work, best practice, and role model of FOCUS values.


  • Current licensure in good standing to practice as a Registered Nurse in Iowa.

  • Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within 30 days from date of hire. Advanced Coronary Life Support (ACLS) certification or obtain within six (6) months from hire. Unit specific additional functions will be addressed in the competency checklist specific to the assigned unit. Additional certifications and requirements are unit based. CPI after 90 days from date of hire and maintain. Must obtain NIHSS within 90 days of hire and maintain every two years thereafter. Completion of eight hours of stroke education prior to the end of orientation and annually. Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Requisition ID: 2020-71645

Street: 2720 Stone Park Blvd

Name: 7520 UnityPoint Heath SC St Lukes

Name: Intensive Care Unit- SLRMC

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: varies based on unit educational needs

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