UnityPoint Health Speech Pathologist-Development Care/NICU in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Neonatal Speech Pathologist - Development Care will provide direct patient care and consultative services for the premature and/or medically complex infants in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Using an integrated, neuroprotective, family-centered model, the neonatal Physical Therapist will provide highly specialized and individualized therapeutic proactive interventions in the NICU. These interventions would support optimal long-term development, prevent adverse sequelae, and nurture the infant-family dyad. Neonatal Speech Pathologists provide education to the family and NICU team under the direction of Neonatal Medicine and NICU Leadership.

  • Evaluation and treatment of infants in the NICU with a variety of diagnoses which may affect the following systems: family and psychosocial, neurodevelopment, neuromotor, neurobehavior, musculoskeletal, sensory, oral motor and feeding/swallowing.

  • In addition to problem-based referrals, complete developmental assessments and treatment plans on all infants, 1500g or 32 weeks gestation at birth.

  • Proceed with individualized therapeutic interventions to optimize development and prevent adverse sequelae due to prematurity and/or iatrogenic problems associated with prolonged hospitalization based on treatment plan.

  • Communicate with multidisciplinary team to collaborate the plan that is best for the patient and family. Participate in education of CWCH staff regarding therapy in, oral feedings, premature infant development and developmental care.

  • Lead or participate in the NICU and Birth Care Center Developmental Care Committees Create/administer/participate in biannual competencies for CWCH staff.

  • Seek out personal development opportunities that would benefit the care of the premature, late pre-term infant and medically complex neonatal patients.

  • Is aware 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 department or hospital administrative staff.

  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.

  • Works in a collaborative manner with the Leadership Team, Associates, Physicians and families to foster appropriate neonatal developmental care in a family centered care environment.

  • Coordinates formal NIDCAP training activities.

  • Assures Neonatal developmental assessments are completed and developmental care plans are developed.

  • Responsible for ongoing Performance/Outcome measures that reflects the impact of developmental care.

  • Facilitates the change process in the NICU to maintain and enhance family-centered and developmentally appropriate care.

  • Facilitates family education regarding infant behaviors


Master’s degree preparation or equivalent professional experience in a developmental discipline


Current Iowa license in appropriate discipline.

Extensive professional experience in a developmental discipline.

NIDCAP – Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program Certification.

APIB – Assessment of Premature Infant Behavior Certification preferred.

Special Skills/Knowledge

Has advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the areas of:

a. normal fetal, newborn, and infant development

b. atypical fetal, newborn and infant development

c. pre-, peri-, and post-natal medical conditions of preterm and full term newborns

d. preterm and full term newborn and infant behavioral functioning

e. parenting process and family development in the NICU

f. ecology of the NICU

g. change theory

h. adult learning process

Mental and Cognitive Traits Required

a. competence in communication with supporting staff in the NICU

b. competence in supporting infants and families in the NICU

c. competence in teaching and sharing developmental knowledge and expertise with other professionals

d. competence in combining the developmental perspective with the medical and nursing care goals

e. competence in program evaluation, including assessment of staff and parent functioning/satisfaction

f. competence in implementing system changes

g. must be able to understand written, visual and other sensory stimuli

h. must be able to cope effectively with stressful situations and time constraints

i. must be able to work well with others

j. possess critical thinking skills

Requisition ID: 2018-52115

Street: 1100 First Ave NE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.5

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Part Time - 20 Hours Per Week

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