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CommonSpirit Health RN- Emergency Department in DES MOINES, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.



Provides professional emergency nursing care for acutely ill and injured patients incorporating the nursing process of all age groups including neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Provides patient and family education. Serves as a patient advocate and liaison with other health care providers. Serves as a preceptor for new employees and students.


  • Applies professional emergency nursing skills in the care and treatment of acutely ill and injured patients utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Promotes patient-centered care through:

  • Respect of the patient’s values, preferences, and expressed needs

  • Coordination and integration of care

  • Information, communication, and education

  • Physical comfort

  • Emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety

  • Involvement of family and friends

  • Transition and continuity

  • Collaborates with the patient, significant others, and ancillary departments to create a multidisciplinary healthcare team whose goal is to provide care that is continuous and well-coordinated.

  • Provides for actual and anticipated education needs and includes education to meet these needs in the plan of care.

  • Communicates proactively to the healthcare team the plan of care, changes in the patient’s condition, the patient’s progress, the discharge plan, and other relevant information.

  • Must quickly, efficiently, and calmly respond to emergent and critical situations.

  • Manages the complex care of critically ill and injured patients.

  • Triages patients quickly and efficiently per the Emergency Department’s policies specific to Triage.

  • Documents a comprehensive patient record that is organized and complete, reflecting all aspects of nursing care provided.

  • Anticipates patient’s needs and assists the provider during the examination and procedures.

  • Provides psychological support based on assessed need.

  • Utilizes multiple teaching methods. Discharge instructions are reviewed and understanding acknowledged by the patient/family.

  • Assess community resources as indicated.

  • Supervises Emergency Department Technicians.

  • Serves as a preceptor for students and employees (i.e. EMS, nursing, new employees).

  • Checks and maintains medical equipment and supplies.

  • Works independently using the Nurse Practice Act, hospital policies, and professional judgment. Makes recommendations to improve the Emergency Department’s Standards of Care.


  • Occasionally functions as Relief Charge Nurse, which includes the responsibilities of staffing, patient care coordination, and the facilitation of teamwork.



  • Possession of a current or compact state license as a registered nurse issued/defined by the State of Iowa.

  • One year of RN experience preferred OR new graduate if the candidate has completed senior nursing preceptorship at Mercy Emergency or previous experience as an emergency department technician or experience in a pre-hospital environment.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within 3 months of hire.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certified within six (6) weeks of hire. Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Heart Association Basic Life Support.

  • Completion of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) within 6 months of hire.

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Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

External hires must pass a post offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request . We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Requisition ID 2020-131602

Employment Type Full Time

Department Emergency Services

Hours Per Pay Period 72

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Varied

Standard Hours Varied