Catholic Health Initiatives Patient Care Tech - Pre Surgery - Mercy Medical Center - Full Time in DES MOINES, Iowa

Patient Care Tech - Pre Surgery - Mercy Medical Center - Full Time



Supports the professional clinical staff by providing direct patient care and performing studies and tests as assigned by the physician or RN. These duties may vary by shift or may be unit-specific. Serves the population from neonate, infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.


  • Transports patients in a safe and efficient manner; includes checking patient identification and reviewing chart for basic requirements.

  • Performs or assists patients with personal hygiene such as, perineal care, oral hygiene, back rubs, making occupied/unoccupied carts, obtaining meals, sensory devices (i.e., hearing aids).

  • Assists patient with ambulation.

  • Assists patients in dressing/undressing.

  • Assists patient with elimination needs (i.e., bedpans, urinal, ambulation to bathroom). Empties catheter bags and colostomy bags.

  • Measures and records temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, measures and records height and weight.

  • Answers patient call lights and responds appropriately.

  • Performs special procedures including positioning and maintaining patient in correct and safe alignment.

  • Collects and labels urine specimens. Performs urine Hcgs.

  • Measures and applies PAS stockings.

  • Performs order entry in computer.

  • Applies elbow protectors and anti-embolism stockings.

  • Performs pre-op shave prep as needed.

  • Assists with room preparation for anticipated admissions.

  • Communicates changes/information regarding patient's physical/mental condition to RN.

  • Maintains patient care and unit supplies.

  • Calculates and records intake and output (excluding IVs).

  • Sets up and assists with simple wound dressing changes

  • Stamps patient records and obtains paperwork and records.

  • Transports patient belongings.

  • Performs bedside blood glucose testing.

  • Sets up equipment and supplies for sterile/non sterile procedures, including sterile bladder irrigation.

  • Sets up nasal cannula O 2 delivery system; changes humidification bottle.

  • Delivers specimens to Lab; obtains blood from Blood Bank.

  • Performs phlebotomy following prescribed policy and procedure.

  • Performs 12-lead EKG or rhythm strip.

  • Performs post-mortem care, as needed.


  • Attends mandatory meetings

  • Participates in departmental Performance Improvement activities.

  • Participates in orientation of new employees. Complies with OSHA/JCAHO and other regulatory agency recommendations and guidelines.



  • High school diploma or GED required.

  • Completion of 75-hour or 120-hour Certified Nursing Assistant Program or a minimum of one semester of nursing school.

  • Must be on State C.N.A. Registry (If not enrolled in Nursing school)

  • Previous hospital experience preferred.

  • Work requires the interpersonal skills necessary to comfort patients, their families and/or significant others; and to communicate effectively with co-workers and physicians.

  • Work requires the analytic ability necessary to prioritize own workload.

  • Basic Life Support certified within six (6) weeks of hire. 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.

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

  • Ability to read, write and speak English language.

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 Patient Care Support


Daily Schedule Days/Evenings

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required None

Req ID: 2017-R0119968