Catholic Health Initiatives Nurse Practitioner-Vascular Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa

Under the direction of the collaborating physician, the nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) provides patient services to patients with vascular disease consistent with practice standards as well as consistent with services customary to the collaborating physician. The NP/PA must also comply with the practices and policies of the Iowa Heart Center (IHC).


  • Performs all functions and procedures of a hospital provider under general direction of collaborating physicians.

  • May assist vascular surgeons in the operating room.

  • Interprets and evaluates patient data as authorized by the collaborating physician for the purpose of determining management and treatment of patients.

  • Requests diagnostic procedures as indicated by pertinent data and patient medical status.

  • Provides instructions and guidance regarding medical care matters to patients.

  • Performs patient care to include evaluation and management services diagnostic testing and therapeutic procedures congruent with IHC policies and Medicare guidelines.

  • Coordinates discharge planning of Iowa Heart Center inpatients’ and outpatients’ care, including dictation and discharge summaries.

  • Evaluates and triages individual patients and physician/patient calls. Initiates verbal and written orders.

  • Triages phone calls for physicians. Responds to questions according to standing orders, established protocols or direct physician input. Refers to appropriate resources. Documents accordingly.

  • Documents charges and turns in to Billing Department daily. Obtains waivers for medical necessity as defined by practice policy.

  • Communicates appropriate follow up information to referring physicians.

  • Completes medical records according to established hospital protocol.

  • Provides patient teaching and facilitates communication between physician, client, and other hospital personnel.

  • Serves as liaison between hospital staff, physicians and patients.

  • Discusses research protocols with Research Department nurse as appropriate.

  • Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional certifications.

  • Participates in quality improvement plan.

  • Assists with office follow up visits and consults as needed.

  • Shares night and weekend call coverage with other providers.


  • Valid current license as an advanced nurse practitioner or physician assistant in the state of Iowa without restriction.

  • Prefer a minimum of two years experience as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Prefer cardiology/vascular surgery experience.

  • Must become and remain an active member in good standing on Mercy’s Medical Staff (“Medical Staff”) with appropriate clinical privileges.

  • Must be able to maintain participating provider status with Medicare and Medicaid programs and not have been excludedfrom participation in any federally-funded health care program, including Medicare or Medicaid.

  • Must be able to maintain an unrestricted federal DEA number and applicable state drug permits.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines

Leader in Medical Technology, Expertise & Care

As one of the Midwest’s major referral centers, Mercy:

  • is a 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital located on two Des Moines campuses;

  • maintains a network of health-care facilities in 15 rural communities;

  • operates clinics throughout Des Moines, suburban Des Moines and Central Iowa accommodating more than 900,000 visits annually.

  • has a medical staff of more than 850 physicians and specialists.

  • is a leader in the region in critical care. Has the busiest Emergency Department and air transport program in the state.

  • Iowa’s leader in newborn deliveries year after year.

  • Named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report for heart and heart surgery.

  • Ranked ninth in the nation for quality of care for heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia in research published by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. The nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 104 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit – a 13% increase over the previous year -- for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled more than $2 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2016, has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion. Learn more at

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