Whether it is our demonstrated excellence in patient care; dedication to evidence-based practice, innovation, and research; designation as a Magnet® organization; or our commitment to supporting the work-life balance of team members, the benefits of being a nurse with UI Health Care are second to none.
Our excellence in nursing
UI Health Care is nationally recognized for our contributions to nursing excellence, which is why we are committed to honoring the dedication and hard work of our nurses who make it all possible.
UI Hospitals & Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to earn Magnet® designation (2004) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the first hospital in Iowa to be re-designated four times (2008, 2013, 2018, and 2023).
At a Magnet®-designated organization, nurses are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care in an environment that values quality, safety, satisfaction, and education.
We are internationally recognized as leaders in evidence-based practice (EBP). Nursing practice is based on best evidence including research, patient values and preferences, and clinical expertise. Leadership and commitment to EBP is evident by the broad adoption of the Iowa Model©, which guides clinical decision-making and the EBP process.
Through innovative opportunities like the EBP Internship and the EBP Change Champion programs, nurses learn how to lead change and incorporate EBP into interprofessional patient care. Additionally, nurses have access to mentorship opportunities, the Advanced EBP Institute, and practical resources to help them further develop their EBP skills and expertise.
Professional Recognition Program (Clinical Ladder)
Through the Professional Recognition Program, or clinical ladder, nurses can achieve professional growth and receive pay incentives for advancement.
This program compensates nurses who consistently go above and beyond with such activities as:
- Precepting new nurses and nursing students
- Engaging in quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects
- Participating on committees and councils
- Promoting service excellence
- Demonstrating involvement in professional activities
Eligible nurses develop, maintain, and submit a portfolio of their professional achievements and contributions for annual review. Compensation is awarded based on one of three levels achieved.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® is a special honor we give to nurses as individuals, a leader or part of a team who go beyond expectations to deliver extraordinary compassion and kindness to their patients. Nurses make an unforgettable difference in the lives of patients, families, and colleagues every day and this is our way of ensuring they get the recognition they deserve.
Our educational opportunities
UI Health Care offers a range of educational opportunities for you to explore your professional interests and make the most of your career.
We have agreements in place with several professional nursing certification bodies to pay towards, if not fully for, application fees for certifications.
Nurses also have free access to several online certification review courses, a lending library for study materials, and colleagues and mentors serving as certification champions to help them reach their certification goals.
We offer nurses reimbursement for one professional nursing certification renewal up to $300 each fiscal year. Additionally, nurses covered by the SEIU bargaining unit are eligible for an annual $500 bonus for maintaining professional nursing certification.
As Iowa Board of Nursing-approved Provider #34, we offer continuing education units (CEU) for free or low cost to support re-licensure in the state of Iowa. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) continuing education contact hours are also available and awarded for programs conducted with the jointly accredited provider partnership on the UI health sciences campus.
The Nurse Residency Program is a transition into practice for new graduate nurses starting their career with UI Health Care. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Experienced Nurse Fellowship Program is designed to help experienced nurses transition to an acute care nurse position with UI Health Care. This program is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.
The Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC) is a joint venture of the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care and the UI College of Nursing. Classes are taught by practicing clinicians, nurse educators, and faculty. The center's philosophy is that lifelong learning is essential for nurses to maintain and increase competence in nursing practice.
The NCEC brings together the expertise of practicing clinicians, nurse educators, and faculty focused on providing the best nursing education for all levels of learners. The center includes an 11-room clinical simulation lab, three classrooms, two conference rooms, a computer lab, library, and several informal gathering spaces. The NCEC is a learning hub for nursing staff that is used for:
- In-service education
- Continuing education
- Leadership development
- Skills training
- Simulation training
- Competency assessment
- Clinical affiliations
- Consultation/educational experiences
Nurses are eligible for scholarships and awards for schooling or professional development (amounts are all prior to taxes).
- Nurses Week Awards (offered each May):
- Be Inspired! Scholarship Award Program ($250 or variable)
- Charmaine Kleiber Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Research-to-Practice Award ($1,000)
- Nursing Excellence in Clinical Education Award ($1,000)
- Nursing Excellence in Clinical Practice Award to Advance Graduate Nursing Education ($2,500)
- Sally Mathis Hartwig Graduate Nursing Scholarship (variable)
Tuition Reimbursement and Assistance
The Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care provides tuition reimbursement three times a year (spring, summer, and fall semesters) for up to a total of $3,000 per year:
- RN-to-BSN program: $1,000 toward one nursing class/semester; eligible for the next course taken after starting with UI Health Care.
- Graduate level nursing degree or related degree in health care, or master’s in business administration degree: $1,000 toward one class/semester, eligible after one-year RN tenure with UI Health Care.
- We have tuition reduction agreements with eight nursing schools.
- Nurses who receive tuition reimbursement remain eligible for certification assistance.
Collaboration is at the heart of our practice, which is why we make it easy for our nurses to find support and have their voices heard.