Nurses in Demand

A small town atmosphere, a group of highly dedicated professional registered nurses, a mission of healthcare and healing with Christian compassion--these are the attributes that make nurses at Pella Regional the best in the region.

The future is bright for nurses at Pella Regional. We are fortunate to have a great deal of administrative support, and a keen focus on quality and a balanced work life. The implementation of our Shared Governance Model has given all of us a jolt of enthusiasm for our profession.

In collaboration with local nursing schools, we have implemented a successful nursing internship program that has led to recruitment of the best and brightest of the new nursing graduates. Pella Regional’s low vacancy and turnover rates speak to a high level of job satisfaction which leads to a stable work force.

Shared Governance

At Pella Regional Health Center we value the concept that nurses caring for patients are in the best position to make decisions related to patient care and nursing practice. Early in 2007, we launched our Shared Governance Model to provide a foundation of evidence-based practice in nursing care.

Four Councils were developed:

  • Practice Council defines best clinical practices for delivery of nursing care.
  • Quality Council focuses on supporting the hospital’s performance improvement plan.
  • Professional Development Council promotes the professional growth, ongoing nurse competency and work environment issues.
  • Service Council focuses on creating a culture in which every patient receives exceptional service with every encounter.
  • Management Council serves as a forum of support for the entire model.

The transition to Shared Governance has been rewarding for all involved. Our nurses and managers are enthusiastic to be a part of this culture of accountability and excited to be given a voice for hospital issues.

Relationship Based CareRelationship Based Care

Pella Regional’s care delivery model is relationship based care. It provides a model to support the role of professional nurses working with all members of the health care team. The central focus is the relationship of the nurse with the patient/family and colleagues. It provides a framework to effectively utilize resources and allow nurses to focus on prioritizing patient needs.

Professional Growth

Pella Regional strongly encourages professional growth with our nurses. Pella Regional offers many continuing education classes covering a spectrum of subject matter from specialized nursing roles to overviews on the latest in nursing and medicine.

Employees are able to apply for endowment scholarships to provide assistance in continuing their education or certification.

Nurse Residency Program

Professional development for new nurses is a priority at Pella Regional. New nurses at Pella Regional do not start their career in nursing alone, but are helped every step of the way by experienced nurses who want to see their colleagues succeed and provide high-quality patient care.

Experienced nurses are chosen as preceptors to help new graduates transition from novice to competent and confident in their role within the hospital. Along with the preceptor, the 12 month nurse residency program also includes:

  • Didactic, clinical skills and team building activities to foster critical thinking and professional growth
  • Case studies to develop critical thinking skills
  • Classes to understand evidence based practice at the forefront of nursing

Nursing Students

We facilitate learning for student nurses and future graduates by serving as a clinical site for many schools of nursing. Plus, our nurse residency program is one of the first in the state and supports the novice nurse as she/he learns the every growing and complex role of the registered nurse.


We offer a wide-range of student employment opportunities. Work experience at Pella Regional allows you to gain valuable experience and learn from some of the best health care professionals in the state of Iowa.


Nurse interns at Pella Regional learn from the best. Our Baccalaureate Nursing Student Internships provide a 6-10 week period for students to work with an experienced nurse and gain experience in the clinical field. Students are able to do this for school credit.