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CommonSpirit Health Clinical Education Specialist (Peds/PICU) - Nursing Education in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.



Responsible for nursing program/course development and classroom instruction, which encompasses assessment, problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Acts as an educational consultant for teaching programs and projects. Is an expert practice nurse and provides leadership to nursing, at the unit service line and organizational level.


  • Functions as an expert clinician in a specialty or subspecialty of nursing practice (i.e. acute care, geriatrics, critical care, cardiology.)

  • Determines and appraises patient specific and population-based programs of care (i.e. NRP, ECCO, NOEP, POEP, ENA, Periop, etc.)

  • Assists in identifying needs for new standards, policies, guidelines and procedures within the organization and across systems. Functions as a change agent by identifying the needs, competencies, strengths, and opportunities to improve critical thinking, interpersonal, and technical skills.

  • Develops educational plans and learning resources. Provides orientation/education for staff, students, and community organizations as requested and in accordance with adult learning principles.

  • Provide frequent feedback in order to build knowledge and levels of competency in clinical practice.

  • Facilitates evidence-based practice by bringing nursing research to the point of care.

  • Serves as a mentor to assist in the development of professional unit preceptors.

  • Advises, collaborates, translates, integrates, and evaluates research that is in the literature and/or in progress within the organization through practice, education, and reflective discussion with staff.

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the Iowa Nurse Practice Act, Joint Commission, and American Nurses Association accepted standards of nursing practice.

  • Serves as a resource in area of specialty and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams. Maintains a broad base of current clinical and theoretical concepts of professional nursing practice within the area of specialty/focus.

  • Utilizes information technology for data input, analysis, retrieval and program development and presentation.

  • Collaborates with leaders to oversee and support on-boarding and orientation plan for new hires.

  • Maintains clinical competence by providing nursing care to patients; includes assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluation the patient’s care plan in coordination with the physician



  • Current State of Iowa licensed registered nurse.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing required or actively enrolled in an MSN program. Degree in Nursing Education preferred. Master’s Degree must be obtained within five years of hire.

  • Minimum three years acute care clinical nursing experience.

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Requisition ID 2021-153357

Employment Type Full Time

Department Pediatrics

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Day

Standard Hours Day

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.