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CommonSpirit Health Paramedic -Critical Care Resource Pool 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 care for acutely ill and injured patients incorporating the education and skills learned and certified as a paramedic, for all age groups in hospital environment Delivers, implements, and evaluates nursing care to assigned patients under supervision of a registered nurse and is accountable for patient care administered during the shift.


  • Performs assessment of patients with complex health care needs. Completes patient assessments, interventions, and evaluations.

  • Communicates with patients at a level consistent with age and understanding.

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

  • Prepares and administers medications (orally, subcutaneously, intravenously) as ordered and records the administration in the patient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR).

  • Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments.

  • Cleans and bandages wounds as directed.

  • Initiates patient education plan, as prescribed by physician. Teaches patients and significant others how to manage their illness/injury by explaining: post-treatment home care needs, diet/nutrition/exercise programs, self-administration of medication and rehabilitation.

  • Displays professionalism while completing multiple urgent tasks in a timely manner .

  • Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate portion of the EHR.

  • Maintains patient confidentiality and retains a positive, friendly, courteous attitude to all patients.

  • Secures authorization signatures of patients on the appropriate record.

  • Cleans examination rooms between patients and washes instruments as needed.

  • Transports, ambulates, and transfers patients as needed.

  • Administers nursing care to patients under the direction of the registered nurse; includes assessing patients, implementing patient's plan of care, and evaluating the patient's response to care in coordination with the physician.

  • Works under direct supervision using the Nurse Practice Act, Mercy Medical Center policies, nursing standards, and nursing judgment

  • Maintains knowledge of equipment set-up, maintenance, and use (i.e., IV pumps, monitoring equipment, drainage devices).

  • May function up to the Iowa Scope of Practice.



  • Current certification as a Paramedic (PM) in the State of Iowa with Iowa Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) Endorsement within 2 years of employment. For Critical Care departments,required upon employment.

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

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served must be obtained within the first 3 months of hire.

  • TNCC for ED and Critical Care within 6 months of hire.

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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 .

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Requisition ID 2020-116045

Employment Type Full Time

Department Medical / Surgical / Trauma ICU

Hours Per Pay Period 72

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Night

Standard Hours Night

Work Schedule 12 Hour