Staff Nurse (RN)- Cardiac Stroke Center

  • Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids
  • 701 10th Street SE Cedar Rapids Iowa 52403 United States
  • Posted: Mar 10, 2019
Part-time Nursing

Job Description

This inpatient unit focuses on the care of patients with heart and stroke conditions.  And, what a time to be on the heart care team at Mercy!  With the addition of open heart surgery at Mercy, our staff have really enjoyed the progression of skills and abilities they’ve experienced with each new procedure offered at Mercy.  It’s growing each day.  This unit is fast-paced with high energy, and our staff focus a lot of effort in supporting one another.  We pride ourselves on teamwork.  If you’re interested in being exposed to new skills regularly and working with a very grateful patient population, then check out the Cardiac Stroke Center at Mercy and see if you   our work environment. 


Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
  • Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
  • Demonstrates competent assessment, planning, intervention, coordination and evaluation skills based on the individual patient plan of care
  • Continually assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care based on a patient centered care model
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to implement a patient plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures
  • Maintains accurate and real time documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, according to hospital policy and procedure related to documentation parameters
  • Functions as a role model for current and new staff by creating a healthy work environment to facilitate the department's or unit's ability to meet identified goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitor and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment
  • Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned
  • Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers
  • Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life threatening conditions
  • Adheres to and promotes patient safety practices throughout the patient experience
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively with all members of the healthcare team
  • Provides ongoing education to patients and families
  • Delegates to other staff registered nurse, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and other staff positions specific to the department

Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions
  • Performs NIHSS stroke scale accurately
  • Administers Intravenous cardiac medications per protocol
  • Provides appropriate patient care for Cardiac and Neurology patient populations
  • Assesses and manages TR Band and sheath lines per protocol
  • Provides appropriate care to the following patients per protocols:
    • Pacemaker
    • Ablation
    • TEE
    • Cardioversion
  • Interprets and Monitors patient's EKG rhythms and implements appropriate protocols
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.
  • Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care.
  • Role Models exemplary customer service skills including verbal and non-verbal skills and proper phone etiquette.
  • Creates a welcoming environment for all healthcare team members.
  • Committed to ongoing self-development and learning.
Professional Experience– Required vs. Preferred
  • Experience in acute care setting preferred.
Education-Required vs. Preferred
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa or compact state required.
  • Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association preferred.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support will be required within six months of hire if not current.
Physical Activity Requirements
  • Constant = 67-100% of workday
    • Standing
    • Walking
    • Lifting
    • Talking
    • Hearing
  • Frequent = 34-66% of workday
    • Reaching
    • Use of fingers
    • Repetitive motion
    • Stooping
    • Kneeling
    • Crouching
    • Pushing
    • Pulling
    • Grasping
    • Feeling
    • Handling
  • Occasional = 33% or less of workday
    • Sitting
    • Balancing
    • Climbing
Physical Demand Requirements
  • Heavy: Exert 50-100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 25-50 lbs. of force frequently