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UnityPoint Health RN Student Summer Internship 2022 - All Specialties in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The RN student Intern, under the supervision of the RN Partner, is responsible for the delivery of safe and reliable patient care, in coordination with the healthcare team. The primary role of the student RN Intern is the execution of the nursing process in providing required care and evaluation of care given. Responsibilities include assessment, nursing diagnosis related to focus problem areas, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care. Performance of these responsibilities requires specialized knowledge, critical thinking and skills based on principles of psychological, social, physical and biological sciences that utilize the nursing process. St. Luke’s C.A.R.E delivery model (Continuity, Accountability, Relationship-based, Evidence-based) reflects a commitment to compassionate, competent care delivered by the interdisciplinary team. Care is provided through a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family. A spirit of inquiry is encouraged and supported. Small tests of change and more formal research efforts are used when the evidence is not clear. Evidence-driven protocols are utilized to assure reliable and consistent care.

The clinical areas included:

  • Medical

  • Surgical

  • Critical Care

  • Maternal-Child Health

  • Mental Health (Adult & Child)

  • Physical Rehabilitation

  • ER/Trauma

  • Ambulatory Surgery

Schedule: Same schedule as your preceptor (may include nights and/or weekends). Hours will be full time throughout the dates of the internship.

Dates of the internship: June 3, 2022 – August 17, 2022

Brochure and additional information:


  • The associate is aware of hospital and department compliance for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.

  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.

  • Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and department/unit specific competencies.

  • For the safety of our patients and co-workers, St. Luke’s Hospital requires seasonal and job related vaccinations. This is reviewed regularly during periodic health assessments.

  • Under the direct supervision of an RN partner, the RN Student Intern performs patient care functions as required.

  • With the RN partner, assumes primary responsibility for the plan of care through their shift or episode of care for a patient or group of patients, per unit standards and nursing care required for the specified patient population.

  • Effectively delegates tasks and responsibilities to other health care team members and assumes responsibility for follow-up and collaboration.

  • Assists with admission assessment process per specific unit standards to include patient history, physical, and psycho-social assessment. Utilizes physical assessment data, diagnostic data (lab, radiology, diagnostic testing), pharmacological information, and patient/family perceptions in formulating nursing diagnosis related to focus problem areas and identifying goals of care.

  • Shares the responsibility for developing a plan of care that is mutually established with the patient and family. Each patient is treated as an individual, with their identified goals and expectations reviewed each shift to verify priorities. White boards in the patient rooms serve as a means of communicating patient wishes, preferences, goals of care and anticipated discharge date.

  • Implements the plan of care according to current standards of nursing practice, evidence-based practice, hospital protocol and procedures and selected competencies approved for the care of the designated patient population.

  • Continually evaluates outcomes of nursing care by assessing and re-assessing patient and family responses. Updates the plan and goals of care to reflect changes in needs.

  • Integrates multidisciplinary approach to maintain comfort, support human functions and responses, and maintain an environment conducive to safety and well-being. Implements measures to promote a safe environment.

  • Assesses need for patient and family education. Provides health teaching and counseling, as appropriate. Facilitates referrals to appropriate resources.

  • Multidisciplinary patient charting is done concurrently as care is provided to assure that goals of care and patient outcomes are being achieved.

  • Partners with the healthcare team to achieve the patient care outcomes and goals of care.

    • Communication and Handoffs
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, healthcare team members and other customers. Verbal communication is clear and precise. Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner using approved abbreviations.

  • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital and unit policies.

  • Real-time documentation is utilized.

  • A critical component of our C.A.R.E. Model is the relationship between the patient and the caregiver. That relationship is built by time, communication and demonstrating compassion. “Take 5” (taking 5 minutes) is used to make a personal connection with the patient/family like you would want your loved ones to receive. The connection adheres to all Standards of Excellence. In department with brief out-patient encounters, communication is based on AIDET (Acknowledge the patient, introduce oneself, inform the patient of the duration of the procedure, explain what to expect and thank the person for coming).

  • Goals and expectations are reviewed each shift to verify priorities.

  • Handoffs are done with attention to detail and with safety as a high priority. Tools such as SBAR are consistently utilized to assure that critical information is clearly communicated, shared and updated with each handoff. SBAR handoffs are utilized to communicate patient treatment and assessment information, patient education needs, goals of care and other quality care measures.

  • Participates in daily physician communication occurs during daily rounding and defers communications to RN partner as needed as patient condition warrants.

    • Supports evidence-based clinical practice and questions the rationale and scientific basis for clinical practice and/or changes in practice.
  • Complies with changes in clinical practice and standards.

  • Participates in data collection when the opportunity is presented.

  • Supports/participates in interpretation of clinical literature and uses to validate and/or change clinical practice.

  • Demonstrates flexibility and self direction in meeting patient and unit needs by responding as a team player.

  • Assesses and provides for educational opportunities for patients, families and other healthcare team members based on adult teaching-learning concepts and health literacy principles.

  • Integrates patient/family teaching throughout the hospitalization, including the plan and goals of care, pre- and post-operative procedures, diagnostic procedures, and discharge teaching. A focus on health and preventative health maintenance should be incorporated into the education plan.

  • Demonstrates professional nursing leadership through compliance with established unit routines, policies and procedures.

  • Participates in creating a positive work environment that contributes to safety and positive clinical outcomes.

  • Assumes accountability for own competence, clinical performance and professional growth.

  • Continually maintains and strives to enhance personal technical and clinical competence in all

  • job related duties.

  • Participates in mandatory education and unit staff meetings, per established guidelines.

  • Encouraged to make and support improvement in unit and hospital practices through participation in shared governance and performance improvement activities at the unit and hospital-wide level.

  • Complies with established safety goals, infection prevention and risk management policies and procedures.

  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary to meet the hospital’s mission, to give the healthcare we’d like our loved ones to receive.



  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (BSN) nursing program and successfully completed third year at the time Internship begins


  • Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

  • Successfully completed the third year of a BSN program.

  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Special Skills/Knowledge

  • Maintain current BLS certification.

  • Must be able to successfully complete a basic computer course through in-hospital training.

  • Must successfully complete in-hospital orientation and competencies.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the manual skills and techniques required to perform basic nursing procedures and operate specialized equipment, under the direction of a RN. May participate in medication management processes, excluding administration, under the direction of a RN.

Requisition ID: 2021-98738

Street: 1026 A Ave NE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

Name: Nursing Float/RN Interns

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.01

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Full Time Schedule Varies With RN Partner

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