LPN-Maternity Unit-Methodist

UnityPoint Health Des Moines, IA

Assists with patient care activities and performs selected perioperative technical procedures under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. Works cooperatively with other health care team members. Collaborates with RNs and other health care workers to facilitate the delivery of patient care while maintaining standards for perioperative nursing practice in the clinical setting. Successful performance contributes to a holistic approach to the delivery of services, quality patient/family care, and a high level of satisfaction from patients and surgical team. Performs procedures for patients after competency determined and provides technical services and support.


Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

* Assist provider and other clinical staff with obtaining basic vital information, preparing patient for examination, treatment and minor surgical procedures, commensurate with training and education.

* Coordinates activities with registered nurses and other coworkers in planning and implementing care within hospital policies and legal limitations.

* Prepares the operating room for the arrival of surgical patients, assembles equipment, supplies, and instruments for surgical procedures according to preference cards and type of procedure.

* Assists the circulating nurse with patient care activities including transporting patient, surgical scrub prep, positioning, application of cautery ground pad, and tourniquet cuff. Performs urinary bladder catheterizations under the supervision of the circulating nurse.

* Responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety and efficiency of the sterile field. Uses aseptic technique to arrange instruments and supplies. Performs instrument, sponge, and sharp counts.

* Administer non-narcotic medications by oral, IM, SQ, or ID routes under the order of a provider or RN.

* Provide education to patients and families using the Teach Back method per protocols and guidelines.

* Assists in maintaining a clean, orderly and safe environment.

* Assists patients with activities of daily living.

* Answers patient call lights.

* Assists with simple procedures as defined in work area.

* Takes and records vital signs and weights.

* Monitors and records intake and output.

* Transports patients, equipment, supplies, and specimens including transport of patients with traction.

* Assists in maintaining a clean, orderly and safe environment.

* Performs procedures specific to the assigned area.

* Utilizes a holistic approach (considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients served in the assigned service area.

* Obtains adequate blood specimens as defined in work area.

* Labels all specimens in accordance with standards.

* Demonstrates ability to consistently meet the department work schedule.

* Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and customer service.

* Balances team and individual responsibilities, objective and open to other's views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to positive team goals, puts success of team above own interest.

Basic UPH Performance Criteria

* Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

* Demonstrates the ability to meet the department work and call schedule.

* Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

* Practices and reflects knowledge of AORN, AAMI, HIPAA, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

* Completes all annual education and competency requirements within designated time frame.

* Demonstrates the knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

* Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

* This position may be assigned a specific mission to address in an emergency situation to assist in disaster response and recovery as part of the UPHDM Hospital Emergency Incident Command System. Situations of a critical nature may require an individual to perform multiple tasks until additional support can be obtained.

Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Successful completion of a licensed practical nurse program from an accredited college.



Current license to practice nursing in the State of Iowa for Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.


Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.