Advanced Practice Nurse-Behavioral Health Administration

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
Behavioral Administration
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


The Behavioral Health Advanced Practice Nurse provides support to the Behavioral Health leadership team to assist, coordinate and influence nursing practice and program excellence in the Behavioral Health Division.  Take a leadership role in educating and orienting staff within the division.  Acts as a resource person for health care associates and works cooperatively within the hospital community to coordinate nursing education, policy and maintain standards of care and performance improvement consistent with St. Luke’s Professional Practice Model, C.A.R.E. delivery model (Continuity, Accountability, Relationship-based, Evidence-based), and FOCUS values. 



·         The Behavioral Health Nurse Educator participates in orientation and continuous staff development.

·         Assesses, designs, implements and evaluates education programs which incorporates basic education theory and principles

·         Plans, conducts and/or serves as a resource person for Behavioral Health continuing education programs.

·         Serves as a resource to the behavioral health nursing staff, as well as to other members of the health care team based on professional standards of care.  

·         Utilizes formal and informal teaching methods.

·         Supports competency development and implementation. .

·         Serves as a consultant both within the institution and to outside agencies or groups.

·         Shares knowledge to facilitate the interdisciplinary approach to patient care.

·         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.

·         Acts as a resource to implement plan for improving nursing care based on research findings and evidence based practice.


Expert Practitioner

·         Use of advanced concepts in the application of the nursing process in the clinical setting.

·         Development, implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based standards of practice and care.

·         Implementation and evaluation of new methods of care giving in a behavioral health setting.

·         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 behavioral health nursing practice.

·         Provides leadership for evidence based practice changes.

·         Consults with individuals, families, community agencies or colleagues from associated disciplines or within nursing.

·         Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development.

·         Maintains clinical competence in area of specialization and serves as a role model for other nursing associates




·         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.

·         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.

·         As a member of the leadership team, the Behavioral Health Nurse Educator supports the Director in planning, goal setting, problem solving, performance improvement and educational endeavors



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.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.










Prefer Master of Nursing or related healthcare field.






Minimum three (3) years of nursing experience in a behavioral health setting

Prefer experience in training/education  






·         Current licensure in good standing to practice as a Registered Nurse in Iowa.

·         Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.

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







·         Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

·         Multicultural sensitivity.

·         Customer/patient focused.

·         Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.

·         Collaboration and flexibility

·         Planning and organizing skills







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





SCOPE:  Position has supervisory responsibilities?  Yes   or No    If yes, complete below.

Number of Employees Supervised (Complete if position has supervisory responsibilities of individuals)






















Budget Control (Complete if position has budget responsibilities)

Annual Operating Budget (including payroll)


Annual Revenue/Sales


Other Scope Measurements

Pertinent to the position, such as number of beds, number of units/departments, number of employees leading, cases per month, etc.











Mental/Cognitive Demands:

(List any special mental and cognitive abilities required by the position in your specific environment) 

·         Must be able to communicate effectively with people of diverse professional, educational and lifestyle backgrounds

·         The environment may cause high stress levels due to constant interruptions, high volume urgency of issues, and interactions with a wide variety of professionals and personalities

·         Must be understanding and patient.

·         Ability to work under time constraints

·         Must be able to work independently and assume responsibility for timely completing of assigned functions

·         Ability to understand and deal effectively with problems and opportunities

·         Exercises sound judgement, seeking advice when appropriate




Physical Requirements

(Check all that apply if essential to perform job – with or without accommodations)

     Talk/Hear (communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express oneself, exchange information)

     See (defect, determine, perceive, identify, recognize, judge, observe, inspect, estimate, assess)

     Stand or Sit (stationary position)

     Walk (move, traverse)

     Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, position)

     Climb (stairs/ladders) or Balance (ascent/descent, work stop, traverse)




     Taste/Smell (detect, distinguish, determine)




Lifting Requirements

(Check appropriate category to perform job – with or without accommodations)

     Level 1; Sedentary Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

     Level 2; Light Work:  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, pushing or pulling arm or leg controls or maintaining a production rate pace.  Light work requires physical exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work.

     Level 3; Medium Work:  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

     Level 4; Heavy Work:  Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

     Level 5; Very Heavy Work:  Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of forces occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 



Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

(check all that apply)

     Normal Office Surroundings


     Exposure to Fumes

     Mechanical Hazards

     Exposure to Dust

     Chemical Hazards

     Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

     Electrical Hazards

     Wet and/or Humid

     Radiant Energy Hazards


     Explosives Hazards

     Mists or Gases

     Burn Hazards


Precautions must be followed when working in any health care environment.



OSHA Categories

(Complete this OSHA section for clinical/patient related jobs)

     Category I:  Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

     Category II:  Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur.

     Category III:  Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid, or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.


Job ID: 75017

Posted 25 days ago

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