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CommonSpirit Health Patient Care Tech- Ortho/Neuro Surgery 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.

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.



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.

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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 .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request . We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Requisition ID 2020-118200

Employment Type Full Time

Department Surgery

Hours Per Pay Period 80

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Day

Standard Hours Days

Work Schedule 8 Hour