Assistant Nurse Manager

  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • Iowa City, IA, USA
  • Oct 09, 2021
Full Time Nursing

Job Description

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics presents an opportunity for an experienced nurse leader to join our team. We are seeking a full time Assistant Nurse Manager for Neurology. The Assistant Nurse Manager interfaces with the administrative and clinical nursing staff to provide leadership in improving and maintaining the delivery of care processes for a specific unit and/or patient populations. The Assistant Nurse Manager assumes delegated responsibility for implementation of daily operations for specific units and/or patient populations


  • Participates in the assessment and evaluation of nursing care requirements for the patient population.
  • Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care for a patient population, which are consistent with current nursing practice and the condition and age of the patients.
  • Assesses patient care to ensure that patient assignment system reflects patient care needs and staff capabilities.
  • Monitors and contributes to individual patient care and discharge planning activities carried out by unit staff nurses.
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary team members and implements care planning activities for specific group of patients.
  • Serves as a role model for staff by demonstrating clinical expertise when providing direct patient care.
  • Serves as a resource for patient care problems.
  • Practices according to department/division/unit policies, procedures, protocols and practice guidelines to maintain a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Collaborates with the Nurse Manager to assist with implementation of division and unit(s) strategic plans.
  • Implements planned change to optimize unit functioning.
  • Participates in monitoring staff competency.
  • Provides constructive feedback and support to staff nurses, nursing assistants and nursing unit clerks to assist them to improve their performance.
  • Collaborates with Nurse Manager in the development, implementation and evaluation of division/unit Quality Management program.
  • Coordinates unit(s)-based QM/RU committees.
  • Uses relevant nursing research to improve clinical practice.
  • Participates in the development of research-based standards and other research utilization activities.
  • Participates in research activities.
  • Analyzes and uses data to guide operational and patient care decisions and evaluate outcomes.
  • Monitors and evaluates nursing personnel as delegated in accordance with established evaluation criteria, personnel policies and union contract(s).
  • Participates in the ongoing implementation of current regulatory standards in order to meet state and national agency accreditation.
  • Assists Nurse Manager in developing effective communication and problem-solving skills within staff.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates patient/family health education activities for the patient population with regard to the condition and age of the patients.
  • Facilitates opportunities for nursing staff to improve and/or expand clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Provides consultation upon request within area of clinical expertise to nursing staff/other health professionals throughout the hospital.
  • Facilitates the educational experiences for health care students and monitors the care delivered.
  • Participates in meeting the educational needs of service institutions and agencies to maintain continuity of care related to specific patient care requirements.
  • Adheres to professional and legal standards of nursing practice.
  • Analyzes own performance in accordance with position expectations, develops goals and implements a plan to meet those goals.
  • Maintains and expands own knowledge and skills.
  • Mediates problems involving patient/families, hospital personnel and public.
  • Coordinates implementation of specific action plans at the unit(s) level and aimed at meeting priority goals and objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with the health care team.
  • Provides input into financial management activities including operational budgetary decisions and cost containment.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in the implementation of specific cost control strategies identified by the Nurse Manager.
  • Assumes responsibility for maintaining clinical expertise consistent with patient population requirements and current nursing and medical practice.
  • Develops management and consultant skills consistent with position responsibilities.
  • Participates in and contributes to department/division/unit committees, meetings and/or projects in keeping with organizational/unit(s) strategic goals.
  • Is self-directed in using time.
  • Seeks out and is receptive to feedback from co-workers at all levels for the purpose of growth in the role.
  • Incorporates the principles of Service Leadership to ensure positive patient/customer relations.
  • 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.

Pay Grade: 5A

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule: Mon-Fri No Weekends, No Holidays, On-Call Rotation

Location: 2 Boyd Tower

Applicant selected for position, if external, must complete a 2-3 week orientation. Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Hours may vary based on department needs.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Please attach an updated resume/CV 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 Nursing HR at

Required Qualifications:

  • A Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing is required.
  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa is required by date of hire.
  • One to three years of progressing leadership responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.
  • Proficiency with computer software applications. skill in leadership/management.
  • Demonstrates time management, organization of workload, delegation, attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Collaborates and develops effective interpersonal relationships with nursing staff, medical staff, interdisciplinary teams, and other hospital departments.
  • Demonstrates effective teaching skills for staff and patient education.
  • Demonstrates appreciation for diversity with an understanding of benefits of a diverse workforce (stimulation, challenge, and energy that contributes to a productive and effective workplace).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Leadership and/or manager experience
  • Experience working in large academic medical center
  • Experience working in a union environment
  • Professional certification in nursing field (example: CNOR)

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.