Catholic Health Initiatives RN- Unit Coordinator - Perioperative Services - Mercy Medical Center - FT 1.0 (Days) in DES MOINES, Iowa

RN- Unit Coordinator - Perioperative Services - Mercy Medical Center - FT 1.0 (Days)



Provides leadership, accountability and responsibility for the entire scope of services for the assigned surgical service line. Operational responsibilities include budget management, planning, increased throughput and patient care management. Acts as a role model and change agent by initiating and accepting changes for improved patient care and cost reductions. Maintains active communication and collaborates with physicians, staff and other managers to meet specialty, departmental and organizational goals. Serves the population from infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.


  • Performs the functions of a clinical nurse.

  • In conjunction with the Senior Manager develops an annual operational plan for the department, integrated with Mercy’s strategic plan, to efficiently provide quality services.

  • Manages the material program by developing, implementing and maintaining efficient and cost-effective material systems.

  • In conjunction with the Senior Manager, develops, implements and periodically reviews all policies and procedures that guide and support the assigned services. These include, but are not limited to The Joint Commission requirements, federal and state regulations, regulatory standards, etc.

  • Participates in developing and maintaining departmental staffing plan for all areas supervised, detailing appropriate employee classifications and qualifications consistent with the department’s operational plan, projected volumes, patient/acuity and other relevant indicators.

  • Collaborates on a daily basis with other managers to ensure adequate staffing for all areas.

  • Continuously monitors and improves the department’s performance based on, but not limited to, the department’s quality plan and customer/employee/patient satisfaction data.

  • Supervises assigned staff. Provides and/or coordinates necessary education, orientation and support to the team.

  • In conjunction with the Senior Manager, develops annual operating and capital budgets, monitors and analyzes performance and productivity and implements necessary corrective plans. Utilizes budget information in management decision-making.

  • Participates in national professional and related organizations to ensure current knowledge.

  • Works with physician leaders in optimizing patient flow, cost containment, etc.

  • Counsels and monitors performance of staff. Completes performance evaluations for team members.

  • Conducts interviews with perspective employees, utilizing team interviewing techniques, and works with Human Resources in hiring new personnel.

  • Assists in the clinical area as necessary, maintaining a high level of visibility and interaction with staff and physicians.

  • Serves as a resource and role model in clinical practice.

  • Coordinates equipment and supply needs to ensure availability as necessary.

  • Attends department meetings, management meetings and others as assigned. Conducts regular staff meetings/huddles.

  • Contributes to improving clinical patient safety.

  • Forms effective work team through communication, team-building skills, coaching and counseling techniques, mentoring, delegation, decisiveness and integrity.

  • Supports and participates in departmental performance improvement and quality activities.

  • Performs other responsibilities as requested.



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

  • Bachelor degree in nursing required, or actively in pursuit of BSN degree (accepted into a BSN Program and/or currently enrolled). Expected to take at least six credits per year at Director’s discretion for exception.

  • Minimum of three (3) years’ operating room and/or pre/postoperative experience required.

  • Management experience preferred.

  • 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 with three (3) months of hire.

  • Professional organization membership encouraged.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English language.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, knowledge of surgeon needs, procedures and equipment required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with staff, management and physicians required.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times

Adheres to and exhibits our core values:

Reverence : Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.

Integrity : Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.

Compassion : Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.

Excellence : Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue;

  • Continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times

  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines

  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members

  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers


Job Perioperative Services/OR


Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Every Third

Req ID: 2016-R0085533