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CommonSpirit Health Research RN - Iowa Heart in WEST DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping individuals live their best life.

With 420 care locations, our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the state of Iowa and beyond.

MercyOne’s Central Iowa Region includes 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 – 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.



Under direction, provides professional nursing care for and enrolls/monitors adult patients in Clinical Research studies following Iowa Heart Center’s (IHC) established standards and practices.


  • Organizes research protocol to include, but not limited to, obtaining consents.

  • Assists in preparation of information for submission to Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval and completes correspondence between IRB and drug companies.

  • Serves as Iowa Heart Center’s resource and liaison in all aspects of each protocol to study with patients, families, hospitals, office staff, physicians, pharmaceutical companies and coworkers.

  • Completes all necessary paperwork connected to research study.

  • Coordinates all activities related to patients’ diagnostic testing, visits and evaluations.

  • Organizes and assists with site visits with drug companies and monitors CRA.

  • Organizes and participates in meetings as required for orientation to study, update or review, etc.

  • Provides backup and maintains an understanding of all other protocols which the group is involved in for support and relief of primary nurse on projects.

  • Conducts in-service education where needed.

  • Conducts patient phone calls or follow-up assessments as needed.

  • Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional affiliation and certification.

  • Maintains statistical collection of all protocols.

  • Administration of research protocols by finding patients who meet inclusion/exclusion criteria, scheduling in office doctor and lab visits. Coordinate and/or perform other tests in and outside the clinic. Maintain accurate documents, FDA records and case form records, complete health and drug histories and disease assessments. Review patient data for safety and administration purposes. Make corrections and clarifications of data for sponsor monitors.

  • Assess learning needs of patient and significant others. Teach patients about medications and procedures of protocol. Gives accurate and complete information Obtains patient consent signatures after instruction completed.

  • Writes patient consent forms to meet HIPAA, FDA, INH and IRB requirements.

  • Follow guidelines for human subjects

  • Travels to Iowa Heart offices as needed

  • Certified in handling, packing, and transportation of hazardous materials, (ie.blood)



  • Current licensure as R.N., state of Iowa or compact state.

  • Valid Iowa Driver’s/Chauffeurs License required, must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, must be at least 18 years of age and be eligible to drive per Iowa state law.

  • Three years of RN nursing experience required. Two years of critical care experience preferred 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).

  • Level I Cardiac Arrhythmia class completion within 6 months of hire.

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Requisition ID 2021-161986

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cardio Research

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Day

Standard Hours 7:30am - 4:30pm

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.