Catholic Health Initiatives Nurse Practitioner- Hospitalist (Mercy West Lakes) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Nurse Practitioner- Hospitalist (Mercy West Lakes)


Mercy Medical Center is seeking a Nurse Practitioner to join our

Hospitalist practice at the Mercy West Lakes location. (Please send 3

professional references with application)

Essential Functions

  • Actsas a liaison between Mercy Hospital, ED physicians, Iowa Heartphysicians and Mercy hospitalists in assessing and triaging patientsbased on established protocols.

  • Provides the full coordinationof referred or transferring patients from outlying facilities andassumes the acceptance and assignment of unassigned patients.

  • Secures a complete health history, performs a complete physical exam, and assesses patient condition.

  • Initiates appropriate standing orders as dictated by diagnosis.

  • Orders appropriate lab work, x-rays, ultrasounds, etc. as indicated

  • Referspatients to specialty or sub-specialty physicians and medicalfacilities as indicated by the patient's problem, after consultationwith the Iowa Heart Cardiologist and or Mercy Hospitalists.

  • Communicateswith cardiologists and hospitalists regarding condition anddisposition. Reports results and pertinent information to patients andhealth care team members.

  • Evaluates patient and family understanding of treatment plan and/or instructions.

  • Prescribes drugs and medical devices as provided in the Iowa Code.

  • Presents appropriate cases to the collaborating physicians for consultations.

  • Accuratelyand legibly documents all patient interaction in patient recordaccording to hospital policy. Prepares and completes medical records onthe same date of the visit.

  • Receives phone calls from referring physicians and facilities regarding admissions to hospital based on established protocols.

  • Assistswith and coordinates all aspects of transfer arrangements includingacting as the first call point for outside admissions; connecting neededphysician consultant with the referring physician; working with thehospital for the assignment of beds; forwarding calls to Mercy One forpatient transport, if necessary; receiving all incoming phone and faxreports of medical information to assist with the medical care;forwarding calls from the referring facility so staff can provide astatus report to the receiving unit; acting as first call for unassignedpatients and non medical staff patients to be admitted followingestablished protocols, etc.

  • Participates in monthly case reviews and attends mandatory meetings as assigned.

  • Participates in Rapid Response Team as requested.

  • Functions according to limitations or scope of license.

  • Demonstratesability to recognize and assess emergency needs of patients andinitiate appropriate emergency procedures as needed. Must be CPRcertified.

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

  • Tertiary service area of 1.3 million

  • 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital located on 2 campuses

  • Medical staff of more than 800 physicians

  • Maintains a network of 16 affiliate hospitals and clinics

  • Regional leader for critical care

  • Consumer Choice Award recipient for overall quality and reputation – National Research Corp.

  • Nationally recognized for quality and safety – COMPARION Medical Analytics

  • One of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals – Truven Health Analytics

Des Moines

  • #1 Best State to Practice Medicine in US – WalletHub

  • Best City for Families – Kiplinger

  • Top 10 Best Places to Live – U.S. News

  • Voted as the Safest City in America - Gallup

  • Best City for Young Professionals - Forbes

  • Leading place for Business and Careers – Forbes

  • Best State to Retire –

  • Wealthiest City in America – The Today Show


in America’s heartland, Des Moines and the metro area is home to nearly

600,000 people offering nationally ranked schools, cultural amenities,

access to higher education, and low crime rates.

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Job Physicians


Daily Schedule 8-5

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0105947