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UnityPoint Health Registered Nurse Care at Home- PRN in West Des Moines, Iowa

UnityPoint at Home

RN Care at Home


Day shift hours 8a-5pm, weekday and weekend hours available

Des Moines Area

As a member of the interdisciplinary team, contributes professional nursing knowledge and skills in the provision and management of care to patients and their families. Maintains a practice environment that reflects the ANA Code for Nurses, Philosophy of Nursing at UnityPoint Health with in the structure of the Professional Nurse Practice Model and in collaboration with other care givers.

Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

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

· Integrates and coordinates the care of the at-risk population across the healthcare continuum.

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

· Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

· Promptly completes documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient’s care and time and travel entries.

· Communicates clinical status and plans clearly, succinctly and accurately to interdisciplinary care team, administrative support team, leaders, and physicians.

· 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.

· Serves as a patient advocate, educator and as central source of communication for the patient, their support systems, and referral sources.

· Conferences with clinical management, physician and interdisciplinary team in order to provide high quality, cost effective care.

· Care is outcome-oriented, reflects measurable progress and goals toward discharge.

· Facilitates advance care planning discussions to ensure appropriate care coordination and high-quality care based on patient’s long-term goals of care.

· 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.

· Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events.

· Reviews multidisciplinary care provision, conducts own clinical review and participates in peer audit, as applicable.

· Assists in the promotion of services and products.

· Performs “on-call” duties and weekend/after hour visits on a rotational basis as assigned.

· Performs other duties as requested by supervising leader to facilitate smooth and effective operations of the organization.

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.

· Provides patient, family, and/or caregiver education and information pertinent to diagnosis and safety issues.

· Consults appropriate resources 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 UPaH / 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, Accreditation Organizations (such as ACHC, CHAP), OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

· Completes all annual education and competency requirements, as assigned, within the calendar year

· Is knowledgeable of UPaH, Ambulatory, 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 UPaH leadership. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Graduate of State Board approved program for Registered Nurses.

Complete and maintain UPH Person-Centered Care: Three opportunities completed per year required (Oct – Sept scheduled year).

Attend all mandatory education programs.

BSN or BS in health related field.

Masters education in health related field.

PICC line and Chemotherapy certification


Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

Strong computer skills.

Previous home care experience or demonstrated clinical efficiency.


Valid / maintained license as a Registered Nurse for all states applicable to practice.

Valid / maintained Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.

Valid / maintained Mandatory Reporter course by state(s) requirement.

Valid / maintained driver’s license and automobile insurance in accordance with state and/or organizational requirements.


Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.

Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Required to drive personal vehicle to perform essential functions of the position. Mileage reimbursement provided per policy.

Work may occasionally require travel to other UPH facilities. May drive a UPH vehicle, rental or own vehicle.

Requisition ID: 2021-92156

Street: 1776 West Lakes Pkwy

Name: 9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate

Name: SN Visits- Pop- DM

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.01

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: PRN, as needed hours; primary day-shift; weekday or weekend hours available

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