Mercy Cedar Rapids
Whats better than helping bring life into this world?! For warm, friendly, compassionate RNs, the opportunity to experience the miracle of birth is exceptionally rewarding. Youll care for pregnant moms during one of the most exciting times of their lives, and theyll never forget your name or the loving support and encouragement you provide.
Join our growing team at the Birthplace, which has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for maternity for delivering quality care and better overall outcomes for patients. In addition to our NICU suites and the latest technology, our unit also includes a close-knit team that works hard to deliver The Mercy Touch. Eight out of 10 families who tour our facility choose to deliver here. Apply today and find out why!
Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Demonstrates competent assessment, planning, intervention, coordination and evaluation skills based on the individual patient plan of care
Continually assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care based on a patient centered care model
Demonstrates critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to implement a patient plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures
Maintains accurate and real time documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, according to hospital policy and procedure related to documentation parameters
Functions as a role model for current and new staff by creating a healthy work environment to facilitate the department's or unit's ability to meet identified goals and objectives
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitor and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment
Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned
Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers
Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life threatening conditions
Adheres to and promotes patient safety practices throughout the patient experience
Communicates and collaborates effectively with all members of the healthcare team
Provides ongoing education to patients and families
Delegates to other staff registered nurse, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and other staff positions specific to the department
Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions
Postpartum care: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment of and interventions for pain, fundus, lochial flow, perineum, incision, vital signs, blood loss, teaching needs, bonding and psychosocial situations
Breastfeeding Support: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment of and interventions for latch, adequate feedings, sore nipples and feeding cues.
Newborn Care: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge which includes assessment and interventions for pain, gestational age, near-term infants, jaundice, temp instability, respiratory status, hypoglycemia, newborn screen, hearing screens, Hugs, signs and symptoms of sepsis and abnormalities
Labor and Delivery: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment and interventions for admission to labor, labor pain management, epidural management, SVE's, determining if a patient is in labor, fetal monitor assessment, signs and symptoms of risk factors, PIH, preterm labor, pushing, delivery and immediate postpartum care.
OR Team Leader: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge of perioperative care including assisting anesthesia and post-anesthesia care
OR Circulator: Circulates in the OB OR including preparing the patient for surgery and assisting with counts
Lactation Consultant: Performs lactation rounds on nursing mothers daily and develops feeding plans when indicated, performs outpatient visits and weight checks with appropriate interventions and responds to the lactation line in a timely and efficient manner.
Home Visit: Completes assessment of the mother and newborn in a home setting and makes appropriate referrals as needed.
Plans, coordinates and presents prenatal education classes using adult learning principles and evidenced based curriculum.
Utilize audio/visual equipment and other educational aides including laptop and projector, power point application, TV/DVD player and computer based instruction
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.
Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills.
Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care.
Role Models exemplary customer service skills including verbal and non-verbal skills and proper phone etiquette.
Creates a welcoming environment for all healthcare team members.
Committed to ongoing self-development and learning.
Professional Experience Required vs. Preferred
Experience in acute care setting preferred.
Education-Required vs. Preferred
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred
Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa or compact state required.
Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification required within 1 year of hire/transfer
Physical Activity Requirements
Constant = 67-100% of workday
Frequent = 34-66% of workday
Use of fingers
Occasional = 33% or less of workday
Physical Demand Requirements
Heavy: Exert50-100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or25-50 lbs. of force frequently