100% Staff Nurse (Sign-on Incentive Available!) – Adult Cardiac Cath Lab – UI Heart and Vascular Center

UI Heart and Vascular Center
Job Category: Registered Nurses
Department: Cardiac Cath Lab
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Address: 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA, USA

Job Description

Qualified candidates in our procedural areas with a minimum of 2 years of RN experience may be eligible for a sign-on incentive of up to $15,000.

(Current UI employees are not eligible for incentive)

The UI Heart and Vascular Center is seeking a full-time (100%) Staff Nurse to provide direct nursing care to patients undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic adult cardiac catheterization procedures. Ensure open and effective channels of communication with patients, family/caregivers and all health care team members involved in the pre/intra/post-care of adult cardiac catheterization patients.  Procedures include (but are not limited to):  angioplasty, coronary stents, balloon valvuloplasty, Swan Ganz/right heart catheterization, structural heart, and pericardiocentesis.

We are the best heart hospital in Iowa

UI Heart & Vascular Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital in the state for cardiology and heart surgery patient care. The best hospitals nationally received this rating based on patient outcomes, number of high-risk patients seen, patient experience, advanced clinical technologies, and more.

Being a Nurse in the Heart and Vascular Center


Work Schedule:
  • 4 – 10 hour Day shifts with Rotating day off (Monday-Friday)
  • Night/Weekend/Holiday on-call assignment

Duties to include: 

  • Provide pre/intra/post procedure nursing care (assessment, monitoring, intervention and education) related to diagnostic and therapeutic adult cardiac catheterization procedures including (but not limited to) angioplasty, coronary stents, balloon valvuloplasty, Swan Ganz/right heart catheterization, structural heart, and pericardiocentesis.
  • Transport patient to/from pre-post recovery and/or inpatient unit.
  • Administer intravenous and oral medications to patients.
  • Manage patients under procedural sedation.
  • Operate physiologic recorder and printer to monitor electrocardiogram and hemodynamic data. Troubleshoot equipment issues and/or initiate repair.
  • Operate intra-aortic balloon. Troubleshoot equipment issues and/or initiate repair.
  • Operate Impella. Troubleshoot equipment issues and/or initiate repair
  • Actively monitor patient during adult cardiac catheterization procedures (vitals, etc.). Participate in life-saving measures such as defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation as needed.
  • Ensure adequate levels of all supplies are available in all procedural room(s).  Stock as needed.
  • Demonstrate competency in the following: angioplasty, coronary stents, balloon valvuloplasty, Swan Ganz/right heart cath, pericardiocentesis, intra-aortic balloon pumps, Impella, and recognition of cardiac rhythms.
  • Apply nursing theory to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of patient responses to health, illness, and procedure.
  • Positively collaborate and coordinate the continuum of care within a multi-disciplinary team and across divisions/units.
  • Perform patient care according to patient priority (includes interventions identified through nursing diagnoses), and departmental, divisional, and/or unit policies, procedures, and protocols to maintain safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. Document/report interventions and patient/family response. Follows universal precautions.
  • Precept new staff at the direction of the Procedural Nursing Manager and/or Procedural Clinical Practice Leader.
  • Follow policies and procedures in accordance with regulations set forth by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Nursing, UI Heart and Vascular Center, and the University of Iowa.
  • Demonstrate acceptance of responsibility; pride in work performed; flexibility in acceptance of assignments while consistently maintaining professional behavior and appearance.
  • May be required to train and provide cross-coverage for Electrophysiology (EP), Cardiovascular Pre/Post-Recovery Unit (CPRU) and the Procedural Minor Suites.
  • Required participation in night/weekend/holiday on-call assignment (arrival at UI Hospitals & Clinics within 20-30 minutes required).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

University of Iowa Health Care—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.®

Education Requirement:
An Associate’s Degree in Nursing, a Diploma in Nursing, a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Professional Masters of Nursing and Healthcare Practice (MNHP), MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader or a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN, MA) is required.

Experience Requirement:

  • Direct nursing care experience in Telemetry Unit, ER and/or ICU within the last 6 months required.
  • Demonstrated history of positive and professional interactions with patients, families, professional health care staff, and interdisciplinary team members via written, verbal and in-person communication(s).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment while functioning in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Must take On-Call assignment (arrival at UI Hospitals & Clinics within 20-30 minutes required).
Certification/Licensure Requirement:
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) required by start date.
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) required by start date.
  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa is required by start date.
 Desired Qualifications:
  • 1-3 years direct nursing care experience in Critical Care (ER, ICU), Cardiovascular Care, and/or Operating Room within last 6 months.
  • If Baccalaureate degree in Nursing is not yet obtained, active enrollment in a BSN program.
  • Previous EPIC experience.
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification.


In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.
Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For additional questions, please contact Kelli Ballard at kelli-ballard@uiowa.edu or 319-467-6019.

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Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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