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Company: Catholic Health Initiatives
Location: Sioux City, IA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Hospitals, Health Care


Position Type: PRN
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 0


Provides professional critical care nursing care for acutely ill and injured patients incorporating the nursing process of all age groups in an air medical (helicopter), pre-hospital, and hospital environment (emergency and critical care). Is guided by Mercy One protocols or direct medical control. Serves as a preceptor for new employees, students and Mercy One volunteer (Ride along Program).


· Performs initial and ongoing subjective and objective assessment of patients with complex health care needs in the pre-hospital and hospital environment (emergency and critical care).

· Promotes patient-centered care through:

o Respect of the patient's values, preferences and expressed needs

o Coordination and integration of care

o Information, communication and education

o Physical comfort

o Emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety

o Involvement of family and friends

o Transition and continuity

· Implements interventions and treatments consistent with Mercy One protocols and/or medical on-line direction, documenting response to cares and treatments.

· Collaborates with the patient, significant others, rescue personnel and outlying hospital personnel to create a multidisciplinary healthcare team whose goal is to provide care that is continuous and well coordinated.

· Quickly, efficiently, and calmly responds to emergent and critical situations.

· Communicates with patients at a level consistent with age and understanding.

· Documents a comprehensive patient record that is organized and complete reflecting all aspects of nursing care provided.

· Provides psychological support to the patient and family based on assessed need.

· Supervises the Flight Paramedic as needed.

· Actively participates in evaluating and ensuring safety in and around the aircraft. Directs any safety concerns to the Program Manager, Base Lead Pilot, and/or Safety Officer. Makes recommendations for safe practices.

· Educates others in the safe practices in and around the helicopter through formal and informal presentations.

· Checks and maintains all medical equipment, supplies and medications for patient care on a daily basis.

· Completes follow-up on transported patients, providing written and verbal progress reports to the referring agency/physician.

· Assists specialty transport personnel (OB Nurse, NICU Transport Team, Pediatric Transport team).

· When not flying and once all responsibilities associated with the daily operations of the program have been completed; provides patient care and interventions in the hospital and Emergency Department persistent to scope of practice, responds to medical emergencies, and Rapid Response requests for in patient issues.


· Provides relief duties for communications personnel.

· Participates in performance improvement initiatives.

· Makes recommendations for additions, improvements and revisions in standards of care.

· Participates in scheduling, equipment inventory and ordering, uniform inventory and the planning of education activities.


· A minimum of three years registered nursing experience in a critical care or emergency department, or flight program, or three years of experience as a flight paramedic and one year critical care or emergency experience as an RN with a minimum of 1,800 hours worked as an RN, with proof of hours worked.

At time of hire with Mercy One must have and maintain:

· Possession of a current or compact state license as a registered nurse issued/defined by the State of Iowa.

· Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certification – Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

· Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification

· Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification

Obtain within 3 months of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

· Successful completion of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

· Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served

Obtain within 6 months of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

· Obtain one of the following certifications:

* Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

* Advanced Trauma Care for Nursing, (ATCN)

*Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course (TPATC)

*Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (TNATC)

*Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

Obtain within 2 years of hire with Mercy One and maintain:

· One of the following certified nurse endorsements:

· Certified Emergency Nurse, (CEN),

· Critical Care Registered Nurse, (CCRN),

· Certified Flight Registered Nurse, (CFRN),

· or Certified Transport Registered Nurse, (CTRN).

· (For those hired before January 1, 2017, must obtain by July 1, 2018; if hired after January 1, 2017, must obtain within 2 years of hire.)

· Must meet weight requirement.

Overview: This job requires excellent fitness in order to lift patients from various locations and height, often in excess of 100 pounds and load into the helicopter. Weight of the flight team must be at time of hire and maintained less than 225 pounds. Failure to maintain a weight under 225 pounds will result in a counseling/disciplinary process as defined in our specific weight policy. This weight of the flight team member should be compatible with fitness and agility that allows performance of responsibilities in small confined space. Weight restrictions exist due to the maximum gross weight capacity of the primary and back-up aircraft.


· Must pass an initial audiogram with an annual test every year there after

· Must not have any inner ear disturbance which might be affected in high altitudes

Join us at Catholic Health Initiatives, and become a part of our faith-based health system. Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 2020-R0270311
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Market: Mercy Medical Center

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