UnityPoint Health Specialty Nurse - Cardiology Clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Applicant will work closely within The Heart Failure Program providing advanced heart failure nursing care to program patients. This includes the following; 1) providing patient and family education in home health surveillance techniques and optimal medication delivery systems; 2) optimizing adherence to pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic heart failure therapies by identifying and overcoming adherence barriers; 3) identifying and cultivating patient's support systems; providing nurse initiated telephone follow-up and answering patient initiated phone contacts; and 4) adjusting standard heart failure medications using defined physician driven protocols. These activities will be done in the setting of routine clinic visits, unscheduled clinic visits, outpatient intravenous infusion visits and prior to acute hospital discharge (to optimize the transition of care from inpatient to outpatient domains).

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Function as a clinician, educator and resource for patients within their specialty of care and assist physicians with office procedures.

  • Demonstrates competence in the skills necessary to carry out assigned duties.

  • Triage incoming patients ensuring compliance with established admission/acceptance criteria. Direct appointments and referrals as determined by the current criteria.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate the standards of practice and care for the patient population.

  • Provide appropriate and timely documentation in the patient’s electronic health record using standardized workflows and processes.

  • Answer questions and provide teaching to patients and family members.

  • Responsible for the development and ongoing coordination of care for patients.

  • Act as a consultant both within the institution and to outside agencies or groups.

  • Consult with individuals, families, community agencies or colleagues from associated disciplines or with nursing.

  • Conduct or facilitate implementation of research studies and translate research findings into nursing practice.

  • Preauthorize care/procedures with insurance companies.

  • Meet the department work schedule.

  • Be aware of what is happening in clinic/department and the organization by attending clinic/department meetings, reading emails and regularly checking information on the organization’s intranet site.

  • Maintain compliance with CLIA, OSHA, Safety and Risk Management guidelines.

  • Maintain compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.

  • Maintain regular and consistent attendance at work.

  • Monitor environmental conditions in order to secure protected health information.

  • Behave in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance and HIPAA policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrate initiative to improve quality and customer service by striving to exceed customer expectations.

  • Balance team and individual responsibilities; be open and objective to other’s views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to positive team goals; and put the success of the team above own interests.

  • Perform other duties as requested by Clinic Administrator to facilitate the smooth and effective operations of the office


  • BSN preferred: Willingness to complete Bachelor’s degree.

  • Current Iowa/Illinois license to practice as a Registered Nurse.

  • Meets educational/competency requirements per policy.

  • Five (5) years of nursing experience preferred.

  • Specialty certification preferred.

  • Ability to direct others and to exercise judgment in problem situations.

  • Creative thinking; analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities; self-direction; theoretical implementation and evaluation.

  • Computer data entry experience.

  • BLS and Mandatory Reporter certification.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work as a team member.

  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

  • Able to write, read, comprehend and speak fluent English.

  • Strong computer skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Requisition ID: 2018-43521

Street: 202 10th St SE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

Name: Cardiology Clinic

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Monday Through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org