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CommonSpirit Health RN - Radiation Oncology 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.



Application of professional nursing care and skills in outpatient setting. The nurse provides patient care activities to inpatients and outpatients of diverse ages as assigned- young adults to geriatrics. Must be able to accommodate working at both the main campus office and West Lakes office as needed and on a rotating basis.


  • Applies professional nursing skills in the provision of the treatment of ill and injured patients utilizing the four aspects of the nursing process: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Demonstrates ability to recognize and assess emergency needs of patients and initiate therapeutic procedures as needed within their scope of practice.

  • Acts to facilitate interdisciplinary communication. Utilizes other members of the health care team in assessing the patient and analyzes patient data. Assesses learning needs of the patient and significant others. Gives accurate and complete information to patient and family.

  • Coordination of care may include but not limited to:

  • Dieticians

  • Endosocpy

  • Dental offices for dental extractions prior to therapy

  • Home Care

  • Hospice

  • Palliative Care

  • Pain Center

  • Oncology Nurse Navigators

  • VA and other health care centers

  • American Cancer Society: travel services, accommodations, financial support, assist devices, etc.

  • Medical/Surgical Oncology physicians

  • Inpatient nursing units

  • Counseling services – inpatient and outpatient

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

  • Radiation treatment planning, delivery, follow up care

  • Tube feeding placement and ongoing education, support for home management of parenteral nutrition and site care.

  • Medication management as prescribed

  • Assists with a variety of procedures and exams.

  • Endoscopic nasopharyngeal exams

  • High dose radiation therapy GYN procedures

  • Low dose radiation therapy GYN procedures

  • High does radiation therapy breast Mammosite/SAVI treatments

  • IV power port blood draws

  • Peripheral blood draws

  • Foley catheter placement

  • Tracheostomy management

  • IV pump management

  • Provides patient/family or caregiver education and counseling in recognition and solution of physical, emotional, and environmental health problems. Including but not limited to side effects of radiation therapy:

  • Hypovolemia

  • Skin care- radiation dermatitis

  • Lymphoedema

  • Mucositis

  • Pain management – mild to severe-

  • GI/GU system side effects

  • Medication management /patient education

  • Emotional support

  • Maintains appropriate aseptic technique for preparation, procedures and medications administered.

  • Dressing changes

  • Power Port and peripheral blood draws

  • Wound drainage devices

  • Assists patient with ambulation, elimination needs (toilet, urinal, bed pan) and undressing/ dressing protecting patients from injury/falls.

  • Responsible for following instrument and equipment maintenance protocols.

  • Reprocessing of HDR and LDR instrumentation

  • Reprocessing of instrumentation

  • Utilizes hospital information system to process data and retrieve patient information.

  • Proficient in accessing and utilization of hospital patient information databases:

  • ACIS

  • Carestream/ PACS

  • IDX reports

  • Works independently with limited direct supervision using Mercy Medical Center policies, nursing standards, and professional judgment.

  • Maintains knowledge of equipment set-up, maintenance, and use (i.e., IV pumps, monitoring equipment, and drainage devices).

  • Maintains confidentiality regarding all patient/personnel information.

  • Must be a self-starter and able to work independently and make appropriate decisions within clinic guidelines.

  • Accurately documents assessment and results in patient record.

  • Proficient and accurate documentation in MOSAIQ

  • Management and documentation of patient and or family written records upon request:

  • FMLA forms

  • Disability forms ­­­­­­­­­­­

  • Reports test results and pertinent information to patients and health care team members. Includes but not limited to:

  • Physicians- on an ongoing basis throughout the day

  • Radiation therapists

  • Nursing team

  • Utilizes professional and tactful communications at all times with all team members

  • Maintains inventory and stocking of supplies.

  • Participates in staff development activities and orientation as requested.

  • Promotes a teamwork atmosphere.



  • Possession of a current license as a RN issued by the State of Iowa.

  • Minimum of three years acute care experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform basic nursing skills in an outpatient setting.

  • Knowledge of principles of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and disease processes.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained within three (3) months of hire.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

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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 2020-137463

Employment Type Full Time

Department Adult Clinic

Hours Per Pay Period 80

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Day

Standard Hours Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Work Schedule 8 Hour