UnityPoint Health

RN-Clinical Decision Unit

Requisition ID
US-IA-Sioux City
2720 Stone Park Blvd
7520 UnityPoint Heath SC St Lukes
Sioux City
Clinical Decision Unit
Scheduled Hours/Shift
PRN 7am-7pm
Work Type (Portal Searching)
As Needed


UnityPoint-St. Luke's

PRN (As needed)



The Clinical Decision Unit RN is responsible for coordinating the care of patients and families utilizing the nursing process. Summary of duties include: performing a physical and psychological assessment, collection of current symptoms, obtaining a detailed patient history, utilizing nursing knowledge for critical thinking, planning of care, prioritizing of cares, evaluating response to interventions and planning for the needs of the patient and family.


Quality/Performance Improvement

  • Supports evidence-based clinical practice and questions the rationale and scientific basis for clinical practice and/or changes in practice.
  • Complies with changes in clinical practice and standards.
  • Participates in data collection when the opportunity is presented.
  • Supports/participates in interpretation of clinical literature and uses to validate and/or change clinical practice.

Communication and Handoffs

  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, healthcare team members and other customers. Verbal communication is clear and precise.  Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner using approved abbreviations.
  • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital and unit policies.
  • Real-time documentation is utilized.
  • Tools such as SBAR are consistently utilized to assure that critical information is clearly communicated, shared and updated with each handoff.  SBAR handoffs are utilized to communicate patient treatment and assessment information, patient education needs, goals of care and other quality care measures.   


  • Assists in creating a positive work environment by mentoring of staff/students, and working with team members to develop and facilitate initiatives to strive for positive outcomes in quality and care of patients.
  • Complies with all policies and procedures, and guides team members with compliance.
  • Reliable attendance is an expectation of the team member role.

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.





Current Paramedic Licensure in the State of Iowa. 

Critical Care Paramedic





Minimum of three years’ experience on a paramedic ground service or related experience.

certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS according to standards of the American Heart Association obtained withing 90 days of hire.

Recent Critical Care Paramedic experience with air or ground EMS service Current.





Current Paramedic license in the state of Iowa.

Current Class D Chauffeurs driver’s license.

Must obtain NIHSS within 90 days of hire and maintain every two years thereafter.

Completion of four hours of stroke education prior to the end of orientation and annually.

Critical Care Paramedic






The paramedic must be able to function in collaboration with the Emergency Department nurse to provide the best medical attention to the patient.

Skilled in Arrhythmia interpretation






Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to develop/maintain relationships with patients, coworkers and physicians.



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