About University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa's only comprehensive children's hospital, we provide care for children from birth to young adulthood. Services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. As part of an academic medical center, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital also performs groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, in addition to training the next generation of health care professionals. UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is a state-of-the-art pediatric facility that is part of the comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Our physical facilities grew considerably in 2017. Consistent with our philosophy of patient- and family-centered health care, the new hospital was designed by, with, and for pediatric patients and families.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital provides inpatient care for critically ill or injured infants, children, and teenagers who need advanced treatments, special monitoring, and around-the-clock observation by specially trained intensive care doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical team.
Ours is the only comprehensive health care center in Iowa that offers the full range of pediatric critical care therapies. We also are home to an accredited pediatric critical care medicine fellowship program that provides training opportunities in the latest treatments and research for the next generation of pediatric critical care specialists.
Position Summary: Provide overall medical care and provide medical management for patients, exercising autonomy in medical decision-making and services provided, in UI Stead Family Children's Hospital's In-Patient Intensive Care Unit(s). Function independently and/or as a member of an interdisciplinary team to plan, deliver, and evaluate health care for the inpatient ICU population. Extensive focus is caring for hospitalized patients to manage care and length of stay, improve resource utilization and decrease costs to patients and the institution while providing personalized care on 24/7 basis (including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays).
Assesses the patient's health status by means of history taking, physical examination, laboratory studies, and any additional means that are determined to be appropriate, including performance of the following procedures (but not limited to) i. e. PICC lines, arterial lines, central venous catheters, lumbar punctures, chest tube placement, and intubations.
Plans and communicates treatment programs relating to the health aspects of the patient's needs.
Recognizes, discriminates, and manages acute illness, chronic conditions, and disabilities.
Determines and facilitates referral and consultation needs in a timely manner.
Completes medicine documentation and billing procedures according to institutional and departmental guidelines.
Integrates health information into the diagnoses and treatment plan for each patient, and may assist the patient and family in the implementation of the plan in the community.
Provides an ongoing health education program for patients and their families, utilizing all available media.
Initiates therapeutic measures using independent judgment according to recognized clinical guidelines.
Completes MAC, human resource, outreach, and other administrative paperwork.
Participates in the instruction and supervision of trainees.
Functions as a member of an inter-disciplinary team.
Performs other projects as assigned.
Assumes responsibility for supervisory and administrative activities and special projects as delegated by the Medical Director.
Ability to synthesize scientific, behavioral, and humanistic principles for application to clinical practice at the advanced nurse practitioner level.
Understands nursing theory, pathophysiology, and pharmacokinetics with ability to perform patient and family assessment by means of an appropriately comprehensive history and physical examination, develop differential diagnosis based on history, physical and interpretation of appropriately ordered tests and evaluations, develop a plan of care and implement treatment including referrals and prescriptions, and evaluate patient responses to health, illness and treatment.
Knowledge of and ability to document/report interventions and patient/family responses.
Ability to identify patient/family/community care and education needs. Develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the care plan, coordinating care as indicated with referral and consultation resources, community support agencies, schools, and local primary care providers.
Knowledge of research activities, research findings, and quality improvement principles related to patient outcomes with ability to participate in development and implementation of such activities.
Understands the Nurse Practice Act, including ARNP components.
Ability to utilize therapeutic communication skills to provide counseling to patients and families.
Expertise in the common diagnosis and healthcare needs of patients they see.
Ability to act as a resource person to others on topics related to healthcare.
Ability to perform technical skill defined by collaborative practice agreement according to Iowa Board of Nursing, and UIHC standards.
Ability to function as an independent practitioner within guidelines of the collaborative practice agreement, Iowa Board of Nursing, and UIHC standards.
Please attach a resume and cover letter as part of the application process. 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. For questions or additional information, please contact
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.
A Master's Degree is required, in Nursing preferred
If Master's Degree is in a related field, a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing is required
Current certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP/Acute Care NP) and licensure as ARNP in the state of Iowa is required.
Demonstrated experience of two or more years in the care of critical care pediatric patients or experience that demonstrates knowledge of the care of all patients admitted to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Selected candidates will be expected to successfully acquire Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care (CPNP-AC) certification within 2.5 years from the date of hire.
Demonstrated experience providing overall medical care and provide medical management for patients in an inpatient setting is highly desirable.
Demonstrated experience exercising autonomy in medical decision-making and services provided is highly desirable.
Demonstrated experience managing length of stay, improve resource utilization and decrease costs to patients and the institution while providing personalized care is highly desirable.
Internal Number: 18001022_1539276577
About University of Iowa
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.