Staff Nurse - Respiratory Specialty and Comprehensive Care Unit

University of Iowa Health Care

Job Reference #: 21004896

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Respiratory Specialty and Comprehensive Care Unit is seeking a Staff Nurse - Respiratory Specialty and Comprehensive Care Unit. Qualified candidates may be eligible for a minimum sign-on incentive of $5,000 based on years of experience!

The Respiratory Specialty and Comprehensive Care Unit is a 24-bed intermediate care unit that incorporates two different patient populations on one floor. Pulmonary care for adult patients with lung diseases and complex pulmonary problems including: COPD, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, cystic fibrosis, slow-to-wean ventilator patients, neuro-muscular disorders, lung transplant and patients who need less than intensive care, but more care than provided on acute medical/surgical units. Palliative Care is also on this floor and consists of a wide range of diagnosis receiving symptom management and some that are receiving end of life care.


  • Day/Night rotating shifts or Straight Nights, every other weekend, every other holiday
  • Percent of Time: 70% - 30 Hours Per Week


  • SEIU Pay Plan:
  • Pay Differentials: Shift differentials for day and night. Premium pay for additional shifts greater than 4 hours. The position also qualifies for an inpatient differential of $1,875/yr.

Benefits Highlights:

  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.
  • Relocation Assistant available to qualified applicants.
  • For more information on benefits, visit

Characteristic Duties of our Staff Nurses include but are not limited to:

  • Applies nursing theory to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of patient responses to health and illness.
  • Assesses patient health care preferences and expectations.
  • Collaboratively coordinates the continuum of care across settings.
  • Develops patient care plan based on patient condition, age, and psychological, educational, and socioeconomic conditions that prescribes interventions to attain expected outcomes.
  • Implements patient care plan according to patient priorities, which includes interventions identified through nursing diagnoses. Documents/reports interventions and patient/family response.
  • Collaborates and integrates contributions of patients and families into multidisciplinary patient care plan.
  • Develops, coordinates and implements transfer/discharge planning throughout episode of care.
  • Implements nursing interventions according to department, division, and/or unit policies, procedures, and protocols to maintain safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. Follows universal precautions.

Education Required:

An AA Degree in Nursing, a Diploma in Nursing, a BA Degree in Nursing, Professional Masters of Nursing and Healthcare Practice (MNHP), MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader or a MA Degree in Nursing (MSN, MA) is required.

Experience Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with patients/families, nursing staff, and interdisciplinary team members as demonstrated through written and verbal interactions
  • General computer skills are required


  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa is required by date of hire
  • Current ACLS certification is desired.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • BA Degree in Nursing or MA Degree in Nursing is highly desired
  • If BA degree in Nursing is not yet obtained, active enrollment in a BSN program is desirable
  • RN experience in hospice or palliative care is desired.
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures

Application details:

Please attach a resume as part of the application process. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. For questions or additional information, please contact Nursing Recruitment at 319-356-2285.

About UIHC:

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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

Job ID: 77311

Posted 12 days ago

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