Flight Nurse-Mercy One/rotating at all bases Clarinda/DSM/KX-PRN (D/N)
Catholic Health Initiatives - Des Moines, IA

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GENERAL SUMMARY : Provides professional critical care nursing care for acutely ill and injured patients incorporating the nursing process of all age groups in an air medical (helicopter) environment. Is guided by Mercy One protocols or direct medical control. Serves as a preceptor for new employees, students and Mercy One volunteer (Ride Along Program). ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS :
· 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).
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      Promotes patient-centered care through: o
      Respect of the patient’s values, preferences and expressed needs o
      Coordination and integration of care o
      Information, communication and education o
      Physical comfort o
      Emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety o
      Involvement of family and friends o
      Transition and continuity
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      Implements interventions and treatments consistent with Mercy One protocols and/or medical on-line direction, documenting response to cares and treatments.
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      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.
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      Quickly, efficiently, and calmly responds to emergent and critical situations.
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      Communicates with patients at a level consistent with age and understanding.
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      Documents a comprehensive patient record that is organized and complete reflecting all aspects of nursing care provided.
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      Provides psychological support to the patient and family based on assessed need.
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      Supervises the Flight Paramedic as needed.
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      Actively participates in evaluating and ensuring safety in and around the aircraft. Directs any safety concerns to the Flight Program Manager, the Air Methods Base Manager and/or the Air Methods Safety Officer. Makes recommendations for safe practices.
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      Educates others in the safe practices in and around the helicopter through formal and informal presentations.
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      Checks and maintains all medical equipment, supplies and medications for patient care on a daily basis.
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      Completes follow-up on transported patients, providing written and verbal progress reports to the referring agency/physician.
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      Assists specialty transport personnel (OB Nurse, NICU Transport Team, Pediatric Transport team).
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      Participates in performance improvement activities (recommendations and implementation).
      When not flying and once all responsibilities associated with the daily operations of the program have been completed, provides patient care in the Emergency Department setting, initiates peripheral line insertion upon request and responds to medical emergencies, Codes in-house, and Rapid Response requests for in patient issues.
      Qualifications
      MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED :
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      Possess a current license as a registered nurse issued by the State of Iowa .
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      A minimum of two years registered nursing experience in a critical care or emergency department or flight program, or three years of experience as a flight paramedic and one year critical care or emergency experience as an RN.
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      Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certification prior to employment with Mercy One and maintain current certification.
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      Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification prior to employment with Mercy One and maintain current certification.
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      Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.
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      TNCC Provider prior to employment with Mercy One and maintain current certification.
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      Successful completion of the S.T.A.B.L.E. program within 6 months of employment.
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      Successful completions of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) within 6 months of hire and maintain current certification.
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      Must meet weight requirement.
      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 the 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.
      Pre-requisites :
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      Must pass an initial audiogram with an annual test every year there after
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      Must not have any inner ear disturbance which might be affected in high altitudes
      Additional Responsibilities:
      • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
      • Adheres to and exhibits our core values:
        Reverence: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
        Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.
        Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
        Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.
      • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.
      • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
      • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.
      • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.
      Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers

      Job
      Nursing - RN
      Primary Location
      IA-Des Moines-Mercy Medical Center

      Shift
      D/N
      Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period
      0
      Weekends Required Occasional
      Status PRN

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