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Des Moines, Iowa

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


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  • Employment Type: Part Time
  • Department: Cardiac Surgery ICU (CSICU)
  • Hours/Pay Period: 40
Requisition ID 2022-234911 Employment Type Part Time Hours/Pay Period 40 Shift Night Weekly Schedule Night Remote No Category ICU Nurse
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MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping individuals live their best life.

With 420 care locations, our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the state of Iowa and beyond.

MercyOne’s Central Iowa Region includes 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 –  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.



Assumes responsibility and accountability for assigned ECMO patients.  Manages the ECLS pump.


  • Demonstrates clinical competency and technical knowledge in the delivery and management of Extracorporeal Life Support including initiation of ECLS, circuit management, anticoagulation management, delivery of ACLS medications and blood products as needed, and continuous monitoring of appropriate physiologic data.
  • Must be capable of priming circuits, changing circuits, adapting circuits as needed and transporting ECLS patients.
  • May be required to assist with data collection.
  • Must be capable of managing ECLS patients via a 1:1 or 1:2 Specialist to pump ratio
  • Must be willing to serve as a resource to other hospital services (nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, respiratory, etc.), and the surrounding community by way of education and outreach.
  • Will be required to take regular call.
  • May be asked to present at M&M (mortality and morbidity) conference and provide technical education to the ECLS team and others as requested.
  • Promptly completes documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient care.
  • Audits patient records to ensure accuracy of patient care documentation and associated billing.
  • Utilizes critical thinking to make independent decisions and assumes responsibility for understanding the condition of assigned patients.
  • Assesses needs of patients and families, provides appropriate education, and makes necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.
  • Continues professional development by involvement in professional activities that enhance ECLS practices by sharing knowledge through networking and research.
  • Utilizes a holistic approach (considering psychosocial, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.
  • Delegates and provides direction for other healthcare providers and holds them accountable for their involvement in the plan of care.
  • Consistently delivers high quality care while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills in accordance with established policies and procedures and standards of care.
  • Integrates and demonstrates CORE values and Expectations for Personal and Service Excellence to guide professional behaviors, while adhering to the policies and procedures of Mercy One Des Moines. Balance team and individual responsibilities; be open and objective to other’s views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to positive team goals; and put the success of the team above individual interests.
  • Practice reflects knowledge of HIPAA, Joint Commission, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
  • Demonstrates patient and workplace safety by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting concerns or potential problems immediately.



  • Possession of a current or compact state license as a registered nurse or respiratory therapist, or critical care paramedic issued/defined by the State of Iowa 
  • ACLS certified
  • 1 year of critical care experience
  • Recommendation by Market Director of Critical Care Service, Nursing Unit Director, ECMO Coordinator, and/or ECLS Medical Director
  • Attend and satisfy all of the requirements of a formal course of study that is based upon the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), designed by the ECLS Program Coordinator, and approved by the ECLS Program Medical Director.
  • Complete (72) hours of supervised ECLS case management experience
    • First (36) hours obtained with a qualified preceptor at the pump
    • Remaining (36) hours obtained as the primary pump specialist with a veteran specialist as the patient’s bedside RN
  • Satisfactorily participate in an introductory (8) hour ECLS competency simulation workshop verified by the ECLS Coordinator and ECLS Medical Director.

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