Catholic Health Initiatives Nursing Unit Supervisor -CMICU- Mercy Medical Center FT .9 (Nights) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Nursing Unit Supervisor -CMICU- Mercy Medical Center FT .9 (Nights)



The Nursing Unit Supervisor provides direct

patient care and coordinates nursing activities to facilitate safe, quality patient care at

the unit/department level, usually for a defined shift (such as days, nights, or weekends). Serves as a resource and role model and

collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to optimize

department operations. Under the direction of the unit/department director, may assist with other

management responsibilities as assigned. Overall, management responsibilities comprise less

than 50% of the total job role. Works

independently with limited direct supervision in accordance

with the Iowa Nurse Practice Act, Mercy Medical Center policies, and patient care standards

and professional judgment.



  • Maintains high level clinical competence to

assess patient needs, plan patient care, implement appropriate interventions,

and evaluate the effectiveness of patient care delivered to defined patient


  • Provides front-line leadership as a resource,

mentor, and role model in delivering patient care using a team approach.

  • Provides consultation upon request in area of

clinical expertise to other nursing staff or health professionals.

  • Serves as a resource or “Super User” for

documentation in the electronic medical record.

  • Leads daily huddles and assists with maintaining

huddle boards.

  • Monitors safety compliance and contributes to

fostering a culture of safety at the unit level.


  • Supervises unit/department personnel, including

registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, patient care technicians,

department support assistants, and other department personnel, usually for an

assigned shift (i.e. days, nights, or weekends.)

  • Facilitates efficient unit/department

operations, including staff assignments and patient throughput.

  • Adjusts staffing and prioritizes workload to

meet patient/unit needs.

  • Provides support to staff to ensure patients of

a positive care experience. Assists with the resolution of patient/family

complaints. Escalates issues appropriately to the director or administrative


  • Assists with leading quality improvement

activities including performance improvement processes to ensure evidence-based

practices are in place..

  • May assist with additional management duties as

assigned by the unit/department director, including, but not limited to:

o Interviewing

and hiring of personnel

o Scheduling

of staff

o Utilization

of premium pay

o Timekeeping

o Staff

performance feedback and discipline

o Maintaining

personnel records

o Staff

performance reviews

  • In the absence of the unit/department director,

may represent the director on hospital committees or attend management meetings

on the director’s behalf.


  • Plans unit and nursing resource utilization

based on established admission, discharge and transfer criteria, initiating

appropriate intervention and collaboration to optimize patient care and

unit/department operations.

  • Manages Bedboard compliance. Collaborates with

Patient Flow department and House Supervisor to optimize patient throughput.

  • Leads or participates in interdisciplinary

patient rounds and care conferences, management rounding to patients and staff,

and Rounding to Influence (Safety First).

  • Assist nursing and interdisciplinary team in

patient/family education and discharge planning.

  • Supports clinical research by assisting staff as

needed in collecting data for approved research protocols.

  • Facilitates communication between patient/family,

physicians and other caregivers to achieve consensus for the plan of care. Consults

with the Ethics Committee as appropriate.


  • Collaborates with Unit Director and Clinical

Resource Nurse or department educator for a plan for achievement and maintenance

of skills/competencies of team personnel.

  • Understands employee competency documentation


  • Provides orientation/education for staff,

students, and other hospitals and community organizations as assigned.



  • Possession of a current or compact state license as a Registered Nurse issued/defined by the State of Iowa.

  • Bachelor degree in nursing required, or actively in pursuit of BSN degree (accepted into a BSN Program and/or currently enrolled). Expected to take at least six credits per year at Unit Director’s discretion for exception.

  • 18 months of RN experience required.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter – Child and/or Dependent Adult Abuse training within three (3) months of hire.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained within three (3) months of hire. Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times

  • Adheres to and exhibits our core values: Reverence : Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us. Integrity : Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness. Compassion : Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community. Excellence : Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times

  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines

  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members

  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community

Job Management


Daily Schedule Nights

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0122303