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CommonSpirit Health Registered Nurse - Ortho Clinic in NEWTON, Iowa


MercyOne Newton Medical Center is a fully owned hospital of MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and a member of MercyOne Network.

It is located in the city of Newton, Iowa, county seat of Jasper County. Positioned on Interstate 80, the nation’s only east/west transcontinental interstate highway, Newton is about 30 miles east of the Des Moines metropolitan area, which has a population in excess of 400,000.

MercyOne Newton has a well-deserved reputation for bucking the trend of diminished health care in rural America by enhancing the quantity and quality of its services during the last two decades. This has been accomplished by expanding, remodeling and providing technological improvements to its physical facilities and by adding new physicians.

MercyOne Newton employees and local doctors are known for their highly productive “Iowa work ethic,” emphasis on compassion and quality patient service, and loyalty to the hospital and the community.

Our campus in Newton has 48 beds and about 200,000 square feet of space. Attached to the hospital is a 50,000-square-foot medical office building containing local physician practices and the hospital’s physical medicine and rehabilitation center.

MercyOne Newton is one of the largest employers in Jasper County, along with the local school system and the county government.


JOB SUMMARY: Provides compassionate patient care in a general surgery/office setting to include communication with patients, families and physicians. Assists with procedures and patient care tasks as needed.


  • Possesses knowledge and understanding of physical and emotional processes in the surgical patient.

  • Initiates patient’s visit with patient assessment and vital signs; prepares patients for examinations.

  • Excels at providing outstanding compassionate care and consistently expresses awareness and sensitivity to patients needs.

  • Assists in communication and education of patients and family members.

  • Communicates in a prompt, professional, and efficient manner with physicians, pharmacies and hospital departments such as laboratory, scheduling and the operating room.

  • Complies with strict confidentiality policies and ensures HIPPA compliance.

  • Asserts autonomy with appropriate patient care duties, assess clinical situations and utilizes sound judgment in the care of patients.

  • Promptly reviews phone messages and responds to patient concerns, answers questions and provides support.

  • Efficiently and calmly handles emergency situations.

  • Maintains cleanliness and appearance of examination and treatment areas.

  • Consistently applies principles of aseptic technique and infection control.

  • Exhibits excellent organizational skills and consistently screens and follows-up on patient test results; assists in tracking patient follow-up visits; promptly notifies physician of any abnormalities.

  • Assists with procedures and patient care tasks as needed.

  • Effectively processes specimens for laboratory and pathological evaluation.

  • Competently performs basic tasks such as suture removal, splinting and casting.

  • Coordinates patient care needs, which may include but are not limited to consultative visits, ancillary service visits, social work consultation and financial liaison consults.

  • Coordinates clinic/OR schedules with Iowa Ortho staff and physicians and assists in surgery as applicable.

  • Obtains Prior Authorizations as appropriate for surgeries.

  • Gathers patient data including radiological exams and pathologic, laboratory, and radiological reports; diligently performs appropriate documentation in the medical record.

  • Assist patients with medically necessary insurance forms, family leave paperwork and other pertinent documentation.


EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (RN or BSN). Maintains BCLS certification at the health care provider level.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in a clinic setting preferred. Surgical experience in the operating room, recovery room or surgical ward helpful. Experience with Meditech preferred. Orthopaedic background with casting experience extremely beneficial

LICENSURE: Current license the State of Iowa required.


  • Must be a team player and able to adapt to changes

  • Possess excellent communication and customer service skills

  • Displays a professional manner and image

  • Demonstrates autonomy, initiative and responsibility

  • Able to prioritize and perform multiple tasks

  • Adapts to change well

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Requisition ID 2021-173945

Employment Type Full Time

Department Orthopedic Clinic

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Day

Standard Hours Monday-Friday (7:30am-4:00pm)

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Newton

Location IA-NEWTON

Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action 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.