UnityPoint Health

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Requisition ID
US-IA-Sioux City
2720 Stone Park Blvd
7520 UnityPoint Heath SC St Lukes
Sioux City
Quality Improvement- SLRMC
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


UnityPoint Health - St Luke's




The Clinical Nurse Specialist provides leadership, support and direction to the development, implementation and evaluation of performance and quality improvement and evidence-based practice to support hospital and clinical service line improvement initiatives and responsibilities and in collaboration with nursing and other healthcare professionals. Acts as a resource and coordinates the development of staff providing leadership in the adaption of evidence-based protocols and policies.  This position is responsible for growing the implementation of evidence-based practice and encouraging a culture that promotes curiosity, inquiry, innovation, and excellence in nursing care. Works in collaboration with managers to participate in unit-based shared decision-making activities that improve the quality of care provided to patients and enhance the work environment.


Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


    Hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work at https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org.




  • Demonstrates superior clinical competency and leadership.  Acts as a role model for the staff.
  • Assists with implementing evidenced-based practice in policies and procedures.
  • Builds relationships with other departments within the hospital and seeks to problem solve across departments using problem solving methods.  
  • Assists with special projects to improve the quality of care across the continuum of care.
  • Provides educational information to inform staff of the newest evidence-based practice.
  • Proficient in translating research and evidence-based practice into clinical practice.
  • Discerns clinical practice improvement needs.
  • Leads quality improvement initiatives in collaboration with the Quality Advancement Team.

Clinical Practice Knowledge

  • Champions nursing research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement ideas and initiatives to maintain curiosity and an eagerness to implement new knowledge and ideas.
  • Assumes responsibility for implementing evidence-based practice and is able to incorporate into daily practice.
  • Utilizes data and performance metrics to initiate actions that produce results.
  • Provides educational information to inform staff of the newest evidence-based practice.
  • Proficient in translating research and evidence-based practice into clinical practice. Discerns clinical practice improvement needs and drives practice change to align with best evidence.
  • Provides supervision of fidelity and outcomes to promote long-term sustainability of evidence-based practice change.
  • Mentors nursing and allied health leaders on implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Ensures clinical research/evidence-based practice change projects affirm scientific merit and protection of human subjects.
  • Confirms evidence-based practice change supports system, hospital and nursing key performance indicators and strategic plan as well as sustainability and patient experience goals.


  • Create an environment that facilitates the team to initiate actions that produce results.
  • Support and role models lifelong learning and assists others with the life learning pathway.
  • Value and act on feedback that is provided about one’s own strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Set professional career goals, seek mentoring from respected colleagues.
  • Complies with all safety goals, infection prevention, and risk management policies and procedures.
  • Completes annual mandatory education.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.  Observes and instructs others on need for patient confidentiality.
  • Follows compliance requirements for federally funded programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Compliance concerns are brought to the immediate attention of Management or the Compliance Officer.


  • Effectively applies the FOCUS values and ICARE standards in all aspects of care, communication and interactions with others.
  • Effectively communicates with all team members, physicians, ancillary staff and customers.  Verbal communication is clear and concise.  Written communication is legible.
  • Mentors new staff to help meet their needs and identify areas where continued reinforcement is needed.  Fosters mentoring relationships with staff. 


  • Expert in performance improvement and the implementation of performance improvement projects.
  • Complies with HIPAA, DNV, OSHA, NIAHO, ISO and all other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Ensures assigned nursing departments comply with regulatory agency standards to be survey ready at all times.
  • Demonstrates the ability to be flexible in meeting the needs of the unit as a Clinical Expert which may include flexible work hours to ensure meeting the needs of variable shifts.
  • Works effectively with multidisciplinary team assessing needs of the patient/family and assisting in development of quality improvement that may cross over from department to department or clinical service groups.

Other Functions

  • Scope of practice may include multiple areas.  Expertise in the functioning and needs of those areas is an expectation.



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 an accredited school of nursing; Master’s Degree as Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Leader, Management, or Education. Research and evidence-based practice background preferred.

·         Must have completed an accredited nursing program







·         7 years of professional experience in the clinical service line with a minimum of 3 years leadership experience required. Proven understanding of nursing research and evidence-based practice skills. 







·         Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

·         Licensed RN in the state of Iowa or compact licensure state.

·         Certification in clinical area of expertise or like certification.

·         BLS







·         Excellent communication skills.

·         Able to lead multidisciplinary teams.

·         Able to problem solve and direct others.

·         Significant experience in evidence-based practice change.

·         Proven success in process improvement.







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





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