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UnityPoint Health Clinical Staff Educator Acute Rehab/Flex in Sioux City, Iowa

Functions as a staff development specialist to analyze learning needs and develop appropriate education plans to meet the needs of the service line and organization. Coordinates, influences, and assists with the integration of research findings into corresponding patient care standards and nursing practice. Serves as a strong mentor and guide, with an emphasis on successful integration of newly hired staff into the organization. Collaborates with nursing leadership and education professionals at a global point of reference to coordinate, influence, and assist with the implementation of nursing care and related nursing activities for inpatient and/or outpatient.

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

• Educator/Lead Role

• Encourages critical thinking and problem solving with team.

• Develops and evaluates clinical orientation for staff in collaboration with team.

• Analyzes program evaluations for areas of improvement or opportunities to augment learning.

• Coordinates and assists in development, implementation, and evaluation of education provided to staff using formal and informal teaching methods.

• Develops and evaluates competency based education.

• Performs needs analysis to determine learning needs from system issues.

• Performs daily lead nurse quality checklist

• Works with staffing team to determine nursing assignments for units

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

• Coordinator/Facilitator Role

• Coordinates programs taught within the organization and at the nursing unit level.

• Serves on committees that plan, solve problems, or direct service line or organizational initiatives.

• Supports an environment of ongoing learning that empowers others, and supports shared decision making.

• Supports in preceptor development, and coordination of the preceptor program.

• Analyzes performance gaps and develops appropriate education plan.

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

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

• Change Agent Role

• Analyzes the cost effectiveness of practice and education initiatives accounting for risk and improvement of healthcare outcomes.

• Attends specific meetings related to plan of care. (Examples: Care coordination, Complex Care, Adaptive Design when appropriate, bedside reporting, physician rounding, nursing peer review)

• Supports leadership in regards to concerns/issues around staff clinical competence.

• Demonstrates leadership skills among interdisciplinary teams to lead and create change in healthcare and organizational culture.

• Serves a positive role model for change.

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

• Consultant & Researcher Role

• Assists leadership with integration of new learning into the practice environment.

• Assists leadership with identification of available internal and external resources (i.e. help chain).

• Collaborates with leadership and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

• Collaborates with leadership to support implementation of evidenced based practice and/or potentially better practices into the department setting.

• Seeks to understand through inquiry verse making conclusions.

• Evaluates, develops, and implements quality improvement strategies using evidenced based standards of practice and care.

• Evaluates outcomes of practice, utilizing benchmarks, best practice, or research.

Development and Patient Education

• Mentoring preceptors in adult learning principles and competency based education.

• Uses coaching skills to guide promote the strategic plan, unit goals, and development of individuals within the organization.

• Uses formal and informal mentoring and “just-in-time” teaching methods.

• Accepts responsibility for maintaining and developing personal level of skill and knowledge in the clinical area.

• Contributes to and supports leadership in the establishment of an environment that promotes individual growth, job satisfaction, and nurtures professional practice.

• Integrates and demonstrates FOCUS values and Expectations for Personal and Service Excellence to guide professional behaviors, while adhering to the policies and procedures of the organization.

• Demonstrates knowledge of federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

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

Clinical Excellence

• Contributes to overall organizational performance by participating on committees and task forces to advance the performance of nursing and/or the organization.

• Utilizes feedback from others to improve one’s own professional performance in the role.

• Models professional activities such as continuing education, participation in professional organizations, certification, evidence-based practice, book or journal clubs, etc.

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, TJC, 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 have completed an accredited nursing program and possess a valid nursing license.

  • BSN required

  • Current Iowa License to practice as a Registered Nurse

  • BCLS

  • Certification in specialty preferred.


  • 3-5 years of medical/surgical experience and teaching experience preferred


  • Excellent teaching and communication skills

  • Able to lead multidisciplinary teams

  • Able to problems solve and direct others

  • Expertise in research based problem solving.

Requisition ID: 2020-79825

Street: 2720 Stone Park Blvd

Name: 7520 UnityPoint Heath SC St Lukes

Name: Acute Rehab Unit- SLRMC

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: 7-4 Monday-Friday

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