Population Health Nursing Practice Leader

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 22004733

The Nursing Practice Leader for Population Health/Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Operations (NPL-PH) functions as a change agent, incorporating the roles of clinical specialist, educator, consultant, practitioner, researcher, and administrator as indicated to support and enhance patient care through initiatives that drive value and the Quadruple Aim. Supports Population Health/ACO Operations leadership in the development and implementation of population health and value-based strategies and initiatives. Provide leadership and supervision for Population Health/ACO Operations Nurse Clinicians. Collaborates with nursing leadership across the organization to align strategy, understand nursing practice, and drive population health initiatives forward.


  • Work alongside the Associate Director of Population Health and Population Health Medical Director to build population health clinical strategy
  • Measure, analyze, and evaluate care quality and financial performance, respective to UIHC value-based contracts
  • Provide clinical and operational guidance to Population Health leadership through understanding current capabilities, organizational initiatives, and necessary areas for improvement
  • Collaborate with care delivery teams throughout the organization to drive population health initiatives forward
  • Serve as a conduit and educator to disseminate population health updates, data insights, and recommendations to providers and nursing leaders throughout the health system
  • Work in partnership with the Population Health Medical Director to advance the clinical initiatives of the Population Health team, including but not limited to improved complex care collaboration with internal and external entities, the development and implementation of chronic disease registries, and development and implementation of acute and chronic disease care pathways/institutional guidelines
  • Provide nursing expertise for population health technology solutions.
  • Performs and participates in other projects as assigned and as the needs of the population health team evolve
  • Uses adult education principles and instructional design to provide an effective and efficient system of staff education.
  • Designs and implements a system for assuring initial and ongoing competency of staff.
  • Provides population health focused education to external agencies, community, and other health professionals.
  • Provides leadership for and participates in unit, divisional, departmental, and/or interdepartmental committees.
  • Serves as change agent on unit, clinical, departmental and hospital levels.
  • Assumes responsibility for administrative activities and special projects as delegated by the Associate Director/Medical Director.
  • Contributes towards the achievement of divisional and departmental goals as delegated.
  • Serves in a consultative and resource capacity to other divisions, departments, and the community as needed.
  • Participates in professional nursing activities in the department, hospital, community and professional organization.
  • Participate in direct patient care coordination in support of ACO operations and population health initiatives
  • Provide direct supervision for the Population Health nursing team members
  • Incorporates the principles of Service Leadership to ensure positive patient/customer relations.
  • Help develop a multi-disciplinary complex care team
  • Provide recommendations for modifications to clinical team composition, including rationale based on population health level data insights.
  • Support hiring processes for additional positions such as social services and community health workers
  • Adheres to UIHC policies regarding personal conduct, including: follows established leadership, remaining responsive to instruction and coaching from supervisors and meeting the standards of personal appearance, attendance and punctuality


  • Master's Degree in Nursing or related field. If Master's degree is in a related field Baccalaureate in Nursing is required.
  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa
  • 3-5 years of experience in leadership required.
  • Demonstrates skills for leading change, transitions of care, and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrates skills in leadership/management roles
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and interdisciplinary team leadership skills
  • Proficient in computer software applications
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication


  • Experience working in an academic medical center.
  • Experience working in academia.
  • Experience with education of the adult learner.
  • Experience working in an ambulatory setting is highly desired.
  • Proven project management skills: ability to coordinate activities and projects across departments, time management, organization of workload, analytic decision-making skills, attention to detail, and thoroughness.
  • Professional Certification in a relevant nursing or clinical area. If no professional certification, expectation is that it will be achieved when employee is eligible to sit for the exam.
  • Flexibility with scheduled work hours to meet the needs of the units, clinics, departments, and hospital.

For questions, contact Sharon Walther at sharon-walther@uiowa.edu.

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.

Application Instructions:

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
  • This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization. 

Job ID: 82750

Posted 11 days ago

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