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CommonSpirit Health Emergency Room Technician in 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.



Supports the Emergency Department professional clinical staff by providing direct patient care, performing phlebotomy functions, EKGs and assistive skills on all age groups: neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric as assigned by the physician or RN. Performs clerical work and coordinates communications within the assigned nursing unit. Facilitates the information exchange process between the nursing area and other hospital departments. These duties may vary by shift and assigned department.


  • Assist Triage Nursing in meeting the needs of individuals in the waiting area, with vitals, rooming patients, and helping get patients out of car.

  • Completes daily stocking in assigned team.

  • Assists RN with arrival of EMS patients.

  • Transports patients to other departments within the hospital (CT, Surgery, and to admitted floor).

  • Cleans room (changes linens on carts, disposes of used equipment and disposable items, and wipes down counters and sinks when necessary) in preparation for the next patient.

  • Rounding hourly on patients and meeting their needs or communicating them to the RN.

  • Performs or assists patients with personal hygiene such as oral care, dressing/undressing and elimination needs.

  • Collects and accurately labels various specimens, including urine and venous blood specimens.

  • Performs tasks including positioning and maintaining patient in correct and safe alignment; measuring and recording temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure; measuring and recording height and weight as directed.

  • Assists with post-mortem care as directed by the clinical staff.

  • Performs or assists with CPR.

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

  • Performs and transmits 12-Lead EKG.

  • Performs urethral catheterization (intermittent and indwelling).

  • Answers incoming phone calls and places calls to ancillary departments and physicians.

  • Completes physicians order for inpatient bed in TeleTracking system.

  • Orders transport for patients in the TeleTracking system.

  • Prepares charts for scanning and log them into Lynx.



  • High school diploma preferred or high school equivalency.

  • Experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, a Phlebotomist, or certified in Iowa as an EMT-B or Paramedic.

  • 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 obtainedwithin three (3) months 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.

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Requisition ID 2021-174567

Employment Type Full Time

Department Emergency Services

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Day

Standard Hours 6:30am-7pm

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.