Catholic Health Initiatives Nurse Intern - 5S MS/Urology/Nephrology/Trauma - Mercy Medical Center - PT .5 (Day/Evening) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Nurse Intern - 5S MS/Urology/Nephrology/Trauma - Mercy Medical Center - PT .5 (Day/Evening)



Under the supervision of an RN, performs approved

nursing procedures as a member of the patient care delivery team. Assists with selected patient care activities,

such as taking and reporting vital signs, providing personal hygiene, and

prepping for procedures. Utilized as an

opportunity to relate nursing theory to practice; gain experience with

technical skills; gain increased organizational and time management skills; and

to utilize the nursing process to plan, care, and problem solve for patients.


Under the direct supervisionof an RN partner, the RN student intern:

  • Works collaboratively to provide care for an identified group ofpatients using an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to main comfort, supporthuman functions, and maintaining an environment conducive to well-being

  • Assists with the admission, assessment, and reassessment processes toinclude patient history, physical/psychosocial assessments, laboratory data,pharmacokinetics, diagnostic tests, and patient/family perceptions to formulatenursing diagnosis

  • Assists with implementing the plan of care according to currentstandards of nursing practice and hospital protocol

  • Assists in the continual evaluation of nursing care by assessingpatient and family responses and updates the plan of care to reflect thepatient’s and family’s changes in needs

  • Provides patient and family education, including discharge instructionsto assigned patients

  • Performs or assists patients with personal hygiene such as bathing,showering, perineal care, oral hygiene, back rubs, nail care, shaving, haircare, dressing/undressing, makes occupied/unoccupied beds, feeding, sensorydevices (i.e., hearing aides).

  • Assists patient with elimination needs: bedpans, urinal. Emptiesurinary catheter bags. Performs catheter care.Empties colostomy bags. Changesostomy bags. Observes and maintainsurinary drainage systems.

  • Transfers or assists with patient to/from bed, wheelchair using correctequipment. Transports patients andbelongings.

  • Assists patient with ambulation.

  • Assists patient with active or performs passive range of motionexercises.

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

  • Answers patient call lights and responds appropriately.

  • Collects and labels urine specimens.

  • Measures and applies PAS stockings.Applies anti-embolism elastic stockings and elbow protectors.

  • Performs post-mortem care.

  • Performs or assists with CPR.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of patient and personal safety; implementsmeasures to promote a safe environment for the patient/family; and observes andpromptly reports any unusual occurrences

  • Participates in documentation with appropriate co-signature inactivities such as admission assessment, selected patient care activities,discharge instructions, and patient education

  • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital policies andprocedures

  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with otherhealth care team members

  • Demonstrates flexibility, self-direction, and teamwork in meetingpatient and unit needs

  • Assumes responsibility for personal growth and development



  • Must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor ofScience in Nursing program and have successfully completed the third year of aBSN program.

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Must be 18 years of age.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter –Child and/or Dependent Adult Abuse training within three (3) months of hire.

  • BLS certified by end of orientation period(approximately six (6) weeks).


  • Demonstrates a commitment toservice, organization values and professionalism through appropriateconduct and demeanor at all times

  • Adheres to and exhibits ourcore values: Reverence : Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for allcreation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God andacknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us. Integrity : Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty andsincerity as a basis of trustworthiness. Compassion : Feeling with others, being one with others in theirsorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of thehuman community. Excellence : Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continuallysurpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

  • Maintains confidentiality andprotects sensitive data at all times

  • Adheres to organizational anddepartment specific safety standards and guidelines

  • Works collaboratively andsupports efforts of team members

  • Demonstrates exceptionalcustomer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients,residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community

Catholic Health Initiatives and itsorganizations are Equal Opportunity Employers

Job Patient Care Support


Daily Schedule Day/Evening

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 40

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0115671