Nursing Practice Leader - Perioperative Nursing
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives. ®

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing is seeking a 100% Nursing Practice Leader to assist with various nursing initiatives and processes within Perioperative Nursing.

Position Specific Summary:

The Nursing Practice Leader for the Perioperative Nursing Division provides leadership in clinical care coordination/specialized nursing care, clinical education of nursing staff and health professionals, or use clinical nursing expertise in improving nursing and health care through the management of staff education and development.

Key Areas of Responsibilities

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Provide Leadership and Direct Care for Specialized Patient Population

  • Lead changes in nursing care based on systematic evaluation and evidence-based research.
  • Assure the competency of staff in perioperative nursing care.
  • May provide specialized patient care.
  • Maintain and update equipment and supplies used in providing specialty care or services. Nursing research experience.
Specialized Services for Nursing Care
  • Conduct and incorporate findings from evidence-based research into clinical practice.
  • Design, develop, and implement technologies that assist in point of care documentation
Provide Education
  • Provide broad/deep level of knowledge of specialty to healthcare members/patients/students/residents.
  • Communicate detailed, complex medical and technical information to a variety of audiences
Compliance with Internal Policies and External Regulations for Safe and Effective Care Delivery and Health Profession Education
  • Utilize advanced knowledge and skill of compliance requirements.
  • Assist in implementation and development of procedures; share responsibility for Quality Assurance plan with supervisors.
Human Resources Management
  • Supervise care delivery of clinicians and students/residents, providing evaluative feedback and recommendations regarding performance.
  • May hire, develop, and manage the performance of staff and assure compliance with UI policies and procedures.

Universal and Technical Competencies

Qualifications for Classification Title

Universal Competencies


Proficiency Level

Typical Behaviors

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

  • Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships within and outside of own area and background.
  • Identifies and resolves disagreements/conflicts in early stages.
  • Promotes a safe, equitable, respectful environment in which concerns can be addressed effectively.
  • Recommends changes to work practices and policies to promote transparency and approachability.
Positive Impact/Achieving Results

Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

  • Ensures time, resources, energy, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace.
  • Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for reaching goals and desired results; ensures team is developed to address future needs.
  • Ensures compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents.
  • Demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities.
Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

  • Participates in developing a variety of effective ways to deal with service challenges.
  • Models service delivery and mentors others to deliver excellent service in a variety of settings.
  • Communicates well with direct reports, peers, and leadership and external constituents.
  • Utilizes various methods for information sharing and information gathering. Modifies processes to enhance service.

Technical Competencies


Proficiency Level

Typical Behaviors

Care Coordination

Knowledge of the medical, social, economic, and other services provided by other departments or facilities, and the ability to integrate these multidisciplinary treatments for optimal patient care.

  • Mentors patients and families on how to be proactive in managing their own care.
  • Implements systems or databases that share medical information within and across organizations.
  • Oversees care coordination for special-needs patients or patients with chronic illnesses.
  • Makes changes to the patient care plan based on patient status and progress.
  • Tracks patient status changes through regular reports from multidisciplinary team members.
  • Implements care plan policies that reduce unneeded or duplicated services as a cost-saving measure.

Clinical Competency Training and Development

Knowledge of training and development processes, tools and techniques to develop clinical skills of students, residents and staff

  • Oversees other staff in the implementation of competency-based T&D programs for individuals, teams, and departments.
  • Consults on the standard process of creating individual competency development plans.
  • Applies different learning theories and approaches to find the most suitable for the individual.
  • Assists in designing and measuring the results of adult learning programs for a specific group of people.
  • Designs critical adult learning programs for the organization that are in line with learning and development strategies and competency skill gaps.
  • Mentors others on creating quantifiable objectives for closing gaps.
Clinical Performance Improvement

Knowledge of the factors contributing to quality patient care, treatment, and education; the ability to influence these factors in a positive way.

  • Evaluates treatments or procedures for effectiveness using an evidence-based approach.
  • Reviews the results of clinical performance assessments and recommends process improvements.
  • Leverages technology to facilitate the sharing of clinical performance or outcomes data.
  • Implements established performance improvement policies and trains employees on these policies.
  • Recommends to licensed health care providers or guides others in the selection of treatments, patient care techniques or patient education in an effort to improve clinical performance.
  • Leads members of a multidisciplinary team in evaluating the organization's clinical performance.

Clinical Policies and Standards

Knowledge of and ability to use industry standards, policies, and procedures relevant to function and organization.

  • Ensures compliance with standards for different types of clinical environments.
  • Describes existing and evolving standards and procedures and their impact on organization.
  • Exercises independent judgment and takes action with exceptions and special issues.
  • Collaborates with other functions in establishing and documenting joint standards.
  • Participates in the development of clinical policies and practices.
  • Describes impact of standards and policies across medical specialties.

Percent of Time: 100% - 40 hours per week
Schedule: Primarily Monday-Friday between the hours of 07-1700. May require some flex of hours due to unit education requirements. Weekend or holiday only if staffing required. Administrative call 2-3 times per week for 7 days each occurrence.
Location: UIHC Main Campus
P&S Pay Plan: 5B

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Nursing or related field. If Master's degree is in a related field Baccalaureate in Nursing is required
  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in Perioperative Nursing
  • CNOR Certification is required.
  • Demonstrates skills for leading change and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrates skills in leadership/management role.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and interdisciplinary team leadership skills.
  • Proficient in computer software applications
Desired Qualifications:
  • Member/involvement in professional organizations
  • Professional certification in relevant nursing or clinical area is highly desired

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume or CV (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check. For questions, contact Morgan Schipper at

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Nursing Practice Leader
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 5B
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Morgan Schipper
  • Contact Email:

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