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CommonSpirit Health RN Transport- PICU 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.



The focus of the Pediatric Transport Team (PTT) nurse is to deliver safe, evidence based care to children during ambulance and helicopter transport. The PTT nurse will provide advanced pediatric critical care nursing knowledge and skills to acutely ill children in the transport environment. The PTT RN will be a pediatric resource for the Mercy Children’s Hospital, Mercy One, and Mercy ambulance staff when he/she is not on transport. PTT RN will be an active participant in Mercy’s pediatric outreach program.


  • Performs initial and ongoing subjective and objective assessment of patients with complex health care needs in the pre-hospital and hospital environment, (emergency and critical care).

  • Obtains pertinent maternal, neonatal, and pediatric histories with emphasis on risk factors and their implications for problems.

  • Promotes patient and family 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

  • Implements interventions and treatments consistent with PTT protocols and/or direct orders from MCP, documenting response to cares and treatments.

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

  • Quickly, efficiently, and calmly responds to emergent and critical situations.

  • Communicates with patients and families at a level consistent with age and comprehension.

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

  • Actively participates in evaluating and ensuring safety in and around the aircraft and ambulances. Directs any safety concerns to the Program Manager, the Base Lead Pilot, and/or the Safety Officer. Makes recommendations for safe practices.

  • Actively participates in evaluating and ensuring ambulance safety practices. Directs any safety concerns to the Program Manager. Makes recommendations for safe practices.

  • Checks and maintains all medical equipment, supplies and medications for patient care on a daily basis.

  • Completes follow-up on transported patients, providing verbal or written progress reports to the referring facility/physician.

  • When not transporting and once all responsibilities associated with the daily operations of the program have been completed, assists with patient care in the Emergency Department/PICU/ Pediatric Floor, and initiates peripheral line insertion/phlebotomy upon request. PTT nurse will also responds to medical emergencies, Pediatric medical emergencies in-house, and Rapid Response requests.


  • Participates in performance improvement initiatives.

  • Makes recommendations for additions, improvements, and revisions in standards of care.

  • Participates in scheduling, equipment inventory and ordering, uniform inventory, planning of education activities or quality improvement program.



  • A minimum of two years registered nursing experience in pediatric critical care or pediatric emergency department or 2 years previous transport experience.

At time of hire with Mercy One must have and maintain:

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

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

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certified. The acceptable credentialing body for this requirement is the American Heart Association.

Obtain within 3 months of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

  • Successful completion of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

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

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified.

Obtain within 6 months of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

  • Obtainoneof the following certifications:

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

  • Advanced Trauma Care for Nursing, (ATCN)

*Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course (TPATC)

*Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (TNATC)

*Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

Obtain within 2 years of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

  • One of the following certified nurse endorsements:

  • Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN)

  • or Certified Neonatal Pediatric Transport (C-NPT).

  • (For those hired before January 1, 2017, must obtain by January 1, 2019; if hired after January 1, 2017, must obtain within 2 years of hire.)


Overview: This job requires excellent fitness in order to lift patients from various locations and height, often in excess of 100 pounds and load into the helicopter. Weight of flight team must be at time of hire and maintained less than 225 pounds. Failure to maintain a weight under 225 pounds will result in a counseling/disciplinary process as defined in our specific weight policy. This weight of the flight team member should be compatible with fitness and agility that allows performance of responsibilities in small confined space. Weight restrictions exist due to the maximum gross weight capacity of the primary and back-up aircraft.


  • Must pass an initial audiogram with an annual test every year there after

  • Must not have any inner ear disturbance which might be affected in high altitudes

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Requisition ID 2021-154308

Employment Type Full Time

Department Pediatric ICU

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Varied

Standard Hours Varies

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action 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.