Advanced Practice Nurse-Heart Care Services

UnityPoint Health St. Lukes

Requisition ID
Hidden (25676)
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Cardiology Admin/Heart Center
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


The Advanced Practice Nurse – Patient Population Management coordinates, influences and assists with the implementation of nursing care and related nursing activities with an identified patient population.  These activities include the demonstration of expert clinical practice, integration of research findings into practice, staff and patient/family education as it relates to the identified patient population, oversight of population-specific performance improvement activities and the development and implementation of patient care standards to impact the quality of patient care.  Acts as a resource person for health care associates and works cooperatively within the hospital community to coordinate nursing policy and maintain standards of care and quality performance improvement within area of clinical expertise.  The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) provides leadership through communication, motivation of others and achieving outcomes through work with multidisciplinary teams.  Works in collaboration with nursing leadership to identify areas of improvement regarding practice, polices and processes.  The APN position is directly accountable to the patient care director, with close working alignment with patient care leadership as it relates to the identified patient population. 


  • Is aware 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 department or hospital administrative staff.
  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.



Expert Practitioner

  • The Advanced Practice Nurse – Patient Population Management is expected to perform as an expert within their field of work.  Measures of clinical expertise that can serve as indicators of competent performance in the APN role include:
  • Use of advanced concepts in the application of the nursing process in the clinical setting.
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based standards of practice and care.
  • Oversight, implementation and evaluation of population-specific performance improvement initiatives, quality metrics and core measures.
  • Partners with physicians and patient care team members to achieve progress towards outcomes.
  • Provision of staff direction in clinical decision-making and priority setting.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and advances in nursing practice.
  • Provides leadership for evidence-based practice changes.
  • Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development.
  • The APN can also indirectly influence the overall quality of patient care given by acting as a positive role model and mentor to nursing colleagues.  Provides professional nursing leadership through compliance with established unit routines, policies and procedures.  Assists in creating a positive work environment that promotes productivity and quality clinical outcomes.



  • Serves as a resource to the nursing staff, as well as to other healthcare associates based on professional standards of care.
  • Serves as a resource for other members of the healthcare team, including physicians, who are involved with identified patient populations.
  • Utilizes formal and informal teaching methods.
  • Supports competency development and implementation with the staff providing care to the identified patient populations served.
  • Serves as a resource in educating the patient, family and community regarding information relevant to care of patient population served.   



  • Serves as a consultant both within the institution and to outside agencies or groups.
  • Shares knowledge to facilitate the multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
  • Consults with individuals, families, community agencies or colleagues from associated disciplines or within nursing.
  • Consults nursing management regarding identified issues or barriers in delivery of care, staff achievement of competency, system concerns, physician concerns or specific patient care problems.



  • Identifies pertinent research questions arising from clinical practice.
  • Conducts or facilitates implementation of evidence-based practice or nursing research studies and translates research findings into best nursing practice for patient population-based care.
  • Reports research findings to appropriate stakeholders, including reporting widely to the healthcare staff caring for identified patient populations.
  • Acts as a resource to implement plan for improving nursing care based on research findings and evidence-based practice.



  • Demonstrates clinical leadership as a role model for staff nurses.
  • Assists with formulation of evidence-based nursing policy and procedure.
  • Assists with development, implementation and evaluation of departmental goals and outcomes.
  • Evaluates patient care outcomes.
  • Contributes to staff performance evaluations.
  • Assists in the professional development of Heart Care Services healthcare providers.
  • Models behavior that invites colleague interaction and demonstrates mutuality.
  • Builds partnerships that support and promote care coordination and care management strategies.
  • Supports organizational efforts of establishing and maintaining relationships with communities, benefactors and other employees.
  • Assists with special projects as assigned.




Completion of an accredited nursing program.

Graduate of an accredited advanced practice nursing program or hospital administration.



RN licensure in the State of Iowa

Certification, as appropriate, to specialty area preferred.

Two years current clinical experience in clinical field/patient population preferred.

Excellent clinical knowledge and analytical abilities necessary to plan and evaluate.

Ability to direct others and to exercise judgment in problem-solving scenarios.

Ability to lead and/or participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Effective verbal and written communication skills.


Special Skills/Knowledge

Must be able to successfully complete basic computer course through in-hospital training; develops and maintains necessary computer skills including Word and Excel.

Must successfully complete in-hospital orientation and competencies.

Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of general nursing theory, practice and an expanded knowledge of current clinical and specialized patient care concepts.

Must possess a broad and varied knowledge base that is continually enhanced and updated through self-directed study and participation in educational opportunities, with experience/emphasis in adult, geriatric and/or oncology care desired.

Job ID: 72453

Posted 21 days ago

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