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CommonSpirit Health RN Weekend Package - Iowa Heart in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.



Provides professional nursing care for hospitalized adult patients following the Iowa Heart Center (IHC) and Mercy established standards and practices and within the hospital guidelines.


  • Assesses, plans, coordinates, implements, educates and evaluates care of assigned cardiac patients. Documents accordingly.

  • Conducts initial history/assessment of hospital patients. Initiates standing orders. Presents patients to cardiologist.

  • Assures lab and test results are documented and physician notified of abnormal results.

  • Gives verbal and written orders according to standing orders or established protocols.

  • Triages phone calls for physicians. Responds to questions according to standing orders, established protocols or direct physician input. Refers to appropriate resources. Documents accordingly.

  • Assures that family/referring physicians are kept informed of admissions, procedures, discharges, or deaths.

  • Assures completion or discharge summaries and sign-off letters within EMR. Assures completion of the hospital medical records according to established protocol.

  • Plans and facilitates patient education; including physicians, hospital staff and family. Explains tests, procedures, and research protocols and results; provides medication teaching and assures patient has appropriate prescriptions. Prepares prescriptions for physician signature.

  • Coordinates discharge planning; makes follow-up appointments and communicates to patient.

  • Participates with special projects as assigned.

  • Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional certifications.

  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives.

  • Reports problems, concerns, changes to Department Manager.

  • Completes IHC RN Competencies

Case Management Duties:

  • Acts as liaison between the patient/family, and physician, and other health care providers.

  • Collaborates in the development/implementation/evaluation of the plan of care in situation of complex or unusual patient/family needs.

  • Incorporates clinical guidelines/standard of care/pathways/standing orders into practice.

  • Demonstrates clinical expertise and acts as a resource to nursing staff, physicians, and health care providers.

  • Implements patient follow-up and identification of post discharge needs.

  • Considers complex medication profile as potential for negative outcomes.

  • Provides disease specific patient education and discharge instructions.



  • Current license as a registered nurse issued by the State of Iowa or compact state

  • Three years of RN nursing experience required. Two years of critical care experience or clinical cardiac equivalent experience required.

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

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks).

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Requisition ID 2021-155321

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cardiology Services

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Weekend

Standard Hours Friday-Sunday 6 PM - 6:30 AM

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.