Intensive and Specialty Services Nursing Unit

Experience the Benefits of the Iowa Difference

Forbes magazine named UI Hospitals & Clinics, among the top 10 health care employers in the country for 2018. 

UI Hospitals & Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to be designated a Magnet Hospital (2004) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the first hospital in Iowa to be re-designated three times (2008, 2013 and 2018).

Among our hospital’s 811 beds, just under 200 are designated as intensive care beds. In a typical year, we perform more than 32,000 major operations and receive nearly 60,000 emergency department visits. Opportunities for nurses abound in our intensive and specialty services areas.

What does this all mean to you? Intensive and Specialty Services nursing jobs at UI Hospitals & Clinics come with competitive salaries and outstanding benefits. If comprehensive insurance coverage, tuition reimbursement, generous paid vacation/sick/holiday accruals, and an outstanding professional recognition program sound good to you, come join the team!

We care for the people who care for our patients. Apply today!

Inpatient Care

Outpatient Care


Burn Treatment Center and Intermediate Care Unit (8 JCP)

This is a 17-bed unit equipped with a state of the art hydrotherapy room for burn/wound dressing care, a pediatric playroom and rehabilitation gym. The unit cares for both adult and pediatric burn patients as well as an adult trauma population requiring intermediate monitoring care. The unit has both inpatient and outpatient (Burn Clinic) facilities. Our staff also provide burn outreach and education and annually host a Burn Camp for burn patient survivors. The American College of Surgeons designated our unit as a Level I Burn Center since 1996.

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) (4 JCW)

The CVICU is a 24-bed medical and surgical cardiac unit caring for adults with conditions ranging from myocardial infarctions needing coronary interventions to patients who have undergone cardiac surgery such as CABG or VAD placement. Many patients in CVICU have multi-system failure needing advanced hemodynamic care. Our certifications include:

  • Joint Commission Advanced Disease Specific Certification for Ventricular Assist Device
  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Aortic Aneurysm
  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Valve Repair and Replacement

Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) (5 RCP)

This 26-bed unit provides comprehensive high tech intensive care to acutely ill adults with a wide variety of complex critically ill patients with multiple medical issues who demonstrate a deterioration of health requiring critical care nursing. Patient diagnoses include multi-system failure respiratory failure, severe sepsis, overdoses (OD), GIB, medical neuro, various cancers, and bone marrow transplants. State of the art technology is implemented in MICU including il-2 therapy, VV ECMO, CRRT, ventilators, vasoactive drugs and preforms many bedside procedures. MICU provides total patient care involving a multidisciplinary approach, in conjunction with state-of-the-art technology, for systematic assessment and improvement of care to the critically ill patients. In 2012 we were awarded a National award for outstanding achievement and leadership for elimination of Ventilator Associated pneumonia.

Medical Surgical Cardiology Unit (4 RCP) – Gold Beacon Unit

4RCP is a 47-bed unit providing care for adult medical cardiology, cardiac and thoracic surgery patients requiring telemetry monitoring, temporary cardiac pacing, vasoactive and anticoagulant medication infusions. The unit provides care to postoperative patients including esophagectomies, Nissen fundoplications, thoracotomies, heart transplantation, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacements and transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR). 4RCP also provides care to patients with cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, chest pain, post percutaneous coronary interventions, as well as arrhythmia management. In addition, the unit is certified to provide care to patients with left ventricular-assist-devices (LVAD). Through a multidisciplinary teamwork approach, 4RCP was awarded with a Gold Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN); this is the only Gold Beacon Award in the state of Iowa. Our certifications include:

  • Joint Commission Advanced Disease Specific Certification for Ventricular Assist Device
  • Joint Commission Certification for Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy
  • Joint Commission Certification for Cardiac Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Aortic Aneurysm
  • Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Valve Repair and Replacement

Neuroscience Intermediate Unit (6 JCP)

The 6 JCP unit is a 47-bed intermediate and acute care neuroscience unit caring for adult neurology and neurosurgical patient population requiring telemetry monitoring, ventriculostomies with intracranial pressure monitoring, and intensive neurological monitoring. Patient diagnoses include stroke, central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune diseases, surgeries of the brain and spinal cord, and neurological traumas involving the head, brain, and spinal cord. Our honors and awards include:

  • Joint Commission Stroke Center of Excellence
  • Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care
  • The Joint Commission Designated Primary Stroke Center

Respiratory Specialty and Comprehensive Care Unit (RSCCU) (7 JCP)

RSCCU is a 24-bed intermediate care unit that incorporates two different patient populations on one floor. Pulmonary care for adult patients with lung diseases and complex pulmonary problems including: COPD, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, cystic fibrosis, slow-to-wean ventilator patients, neuro-muscular disorders, lung transplant and patients who need less than intensive care, but more care than provided on acute medical/surgical units. Palliative Care is also on this floor and consists of a wide range of diagnosis receiving symptom management and some that are receiving end of life care.

Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) (5 JPP)

The Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) is the largest intensive care unit in Iowa, seeing more than 2,500 patients each year. The 36-bed unit is structurally divided into three bays. It is staffed by a multidisciplinary team skilled in the care of acutely ill surgical and neuroscience patients.

Beyond routine care for patients requiring intensive care following surgery, the SNICU provides care for patients suffering from:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Sepsis
  • Multi-system trauma
  • Peri-operative complications
  • Acute neurological injuries
  • Pre- and post-organ transplantation care
  • Pain

The SNICU provides a full range of intensive care services, using advanced monitoring techniques and equipment including:

  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Arterial lines
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring and CSF drainage
  • Ventilatory support
  • Continuous infusion of vasoactive medications
  • Care for micro-vascular reconstruction
  • Advanced neurological monitoring
  • Multiple renal replacement therapies (CRRT)
  • Nitric oxide
  • Hypothermia Management
  • Pentobarbital Comas

The SNICU is grounded in the belief that our primary responsibility is to provide care that will assist critically ill patients to cope with the physiological and psychological components of their illness or injury. The goal of the critical care team is to assist the patient and their family to maximize those actions that support a state of well-being, minimize those actions that threaten it, and, when necessary, to attain a dignified and peaceful death. We believe that care of the critically ill patient and family is both an art and a science intended to bring about maximum quality of life.

Our honors and awards include:

  • Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care
  • The Joint Commission Designated Primary Stroke Center
  • Advanced Certification in Palliative Care from The Joint Commission
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) Verified Level 1 Trauma Center
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver Beacon Award for Excellence


Admission and Transfer Center (1 RCP)

This unique non-patient care center provides comprehensive services to physicians who want to transfer and admit patients to UI Hospitals & Clinics. Services reflect a multidisciplinary approach and include complete screenings for admission, and unit and bed arrangements.

Air and Mobile Critical Care Services (1 RCP)

These services provide helicopter (AirCare) and ground (ambulance) emergency medical care to the people of central and eastern Iowa as well as western Illinois, with extended coverage capability into Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Burn/Wound Clinic (8 JCP)

The Burn and Wound Clinic provides outpatient services to pediatric and adult patients with burn injuries. Outpatient services continue to care for the physical and emotional needs of our patients following their inpatient discharge. We are verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive burn center. We also serve a wound patient population that encompasses Necrotizing fascitis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa, both pre- and post-operative following debridement and skin grafting procedures.

Emergency Department (1 RCP)

As a trauma and critical care referral center, the Emergency Department (ED) provides care for some of Iowa’s most critically ill children and adults. The American College of Surgeons has designated our unit as a Level 1 Adult and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.

Renal Dialysis Treatment Center (3W GH and 7 JCW)

Cares for adult patients with impaired or absent renal function or acute or chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Services include inpatient, outpatient, and home care.