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UnityPoint Health Clinical Education Specialist- Behavioral Health in Des Moines, Iowa

Clinical Education Specialist- Behavioral Health

Full-Time Days

Benefits Eligible

Functions as a staff development specialist to analyze learning needs and develop appropriate education plans to meet the needs of the service line and organization. Coordinates, influences, and assists with the integration of research findings into corresponding patient care standards and nursing practice. Serves as a strong mentor and guide to Unit Based Educators (UBE). This role supports Behavioral Health.

Why UnityPoint Health? 

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members. 

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve. 

  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in. 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. 

  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience. 

  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. 

    Visit to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.

Educator Role

  • Encourages critical thinking and problem solving with UBEs and staff.

  • Develops and evaluates clinical orientation for staff in collaboration with the UBEs and leadership.

  • Coordinates and assists in development, implementation, and evaluation of education provided to staff using formal and informal teaching methods. Mentors UBEs/other educators in the process.

  • Develops and evaluates competency based education.

  • Analyzes program evaluations for areas of improvement or opportunities to augment learning.

  • Performs needs analysis to determine learning needs from system issues.

Coordinator/Facilitator Role

  • Coordinates programs taught within the organization and at the nursing unit level.

  • Serves on committees that plan, solve problems, or direct service line or organizational initiatives.

  • Supports an environment of ongoing learning that empowers others, and supports shared decision making.

  • Supports the UBEs in preceptor development, and coordination of the preceptor program.

  • Analyzes performance gaps and develops appropriate education plan.

Change Agent Role

  • Analyzes the cost effectiveness of practice and education initiatives accounting for risk and improvement of healthcare outcomes.

  • Supports leadership and UBEs in regards to concerns/issues around staff clinical competence.

  • Demonstrates leadership skills among interdisciplinary teams to create change in healthcare and organizational culture.

Consultant Role

  • Assists leadership with integration of new learning into the practice environment.

  • Assists leadership and UBEs with identification of available internal and external resources (i.e., help chain).

  • Collaborates with leadership, unit based educators, and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Researcher Role

  • Collaborates with leadership to support implementation of evidenced based practice into the department setting.

  • Seeks to understand through inquiry verse making conclusions.

  • Evaluates, develops, and implements quality improvement strategies using evidenced based standards of practice and care.

  • Evaluates outcomes of practice, utilizing benchmarks, best practice, or research.

Leader Role

  • Mentors UBEs in adult learning principles and competency based education.

  • Uses formal and informal mentoring and “just-in-time” teaching methods.

  • Accepts responsibility for maintaining and developing their own skill and knowledge in the clinical area.

  • Contributes to and supports leadership in the establishment of an environment that promotes individual growth, job satisfaction, and nurtures professional practice.

  • Integrates and demonstrates FOCUS values to guide professional behaviors, while adhering to the policies and procedures of the organization.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

  • Demonstrates the knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.


This position may be assigned a specific mission to address in an emergency situation to assist in disaster response and recovery as part of the UPH DM Hospital Emergency Incident Command System. Situations of a critical nature may require an individual to perform multiple tasks until additional support can be obtained. Performs functions other than described due to extenuating circumstances.

Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


MSN in nursing or commitment to obtain within 5 years.

MSN in nursing education strongly preferred


Three years in clinical specialty with experience in educational programming.


Current licensure as RN in state of Iowa

Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Certification in area of specialty or staff development preferred/commitment to obtain; recommend participation in a professional organization.


Writes, reads, comprehends, and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.

Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Requisition ID: 2023-136446

Street: 1415 Woodland Ave

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Name: Clinical Professional Devel

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: FT days

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