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UnityPoint Health Certified Medical Assistant-Inpatient-Y7-Med/Surg-IMMC in Des Moines, Iowa

Acute CMA- Younker 7 Med/Surg- Methodist

Full-Time and Part-Time, weekend and holiday rotation

Shift: Days, Evenings, Nights

Benefits Eligible

Shift Differential for qualifying shifts

$5,000 sign-on bonus!

Younker 7 is a 22-bed general medicine floor with a diverse patient population that provides many learning opportunities. We collaborate closely with resident physicians to pilot projects that positively impact patient care. Leadership encourages nurses by promoting autotomy through critical thinking and the use of nursing clinical judgement. Our professional governance gives our team members a voice to advocate for change in the healthcare field. Come join our team and be part of a friendly and caring group of individuals

Join our NEW model of care!

UnityPoint Health is embarking on an exciting and innovative care delivery model. Our new Collaborative Care Model (CCM) enables all members of the multidisciplinary care team to practice at the top of their scope – leveraging your unique skills, training, and strengths. 

As a CMA in this care model, you will work alongside licensed staff to provide care for a specified group of patients, utilizing the skills you have gained in obtaining your certification. With the support of an RN and other team members of the care group, you will perform tasks or skills within your scope of practice, including but not limited to:

  • Provide safe and reliable patient centered care with support and supervision of an RN.

  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team members.

  • Manage care with ongoing vitals, intake and output, and complete bedside procedures (e.g., foley, NG, dressing changes, drains, etc.).

  • Administer medications as ordered by the provider and delegated by the RN.

  • Support patient education as delegated by the RN.

  • Document in the electronic medical record.

Why UnityPoint Health? 

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members. 

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve. 

  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in. 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. 

  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience. 

  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. 

Visit us at to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. 

The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) works with providers, nursing, and patient care techs to help support patient care needs on the inpatient med/surg unit. In coordination and as delegated by the nurse, the CMA may complete the following tasks, but not limited to taking patient vital signs, performs dressing changes, passes non-controlled and non-intravenous medications, and supports admission and discharge tasks on the unit.

Clinical Excellence Focus: Promotes the use of evidence-based practice through the appropriate care protocols and procedures.

  • As delegated by the nurse, the CMA assesses patient's status through interview, observation and physical assessment of actual problems and outcomes

  • Assists the nurse in the development of an individualized plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient/family and health care team.

  • Implements appropriate interventions identified in the plan of care to achieve expected patient outcomes

  • Systematically evaluates and documents patient's progress toward expected outcomes/goals on an ongoing basis throughout the shift as directed by the nurse

  • Modifies plan of care based on evaluation as directed by the nurse.

  • Completes required documentation as appropriate, including patient charting and event reports

  • Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice

  • Shares clinical knowledge through informal teaching and in response to the learning needs of others

  • Performs select clinical duties, including but not beyond:

  • Taking vital signs

  • Oral, IM, and SUBQ medication administration

  • Wound care and dressing changes

  • Assisting in the completion of patient admissions and discharge work

  • Enemas

  • Vaccine administration

  • Chart review

  • Patient education

  • Completes other duties as assigned by the nurse.

Work Environment & Culture Focus: Participates in interdisciplinary care of patient through collaboration with team members and utilizes additional resources when necessary.

  • Analyzes clinical situations in a systematic way and acts to obtain resources or correct problems to meet or exceed expected outcomes or patient needs

  • Recognizes need for assistance and utilizes resources in a timely manner

  • Able to assume assignment of non-complex and some complex patient management with some turnover in assignment as directed by nurse

  • Consistently prioritizes work based on changes in patient condition, changes in assignment and unanticipated interruptions

  • Identifies and utilizes team resources to solve identified problems or needs

  • Collaborates with the health care team in the organization of tasks and activities for the patient's care from admission to discharge according to the plan of care and to meet identified expected outcomes

  • Participates, when appropriate, in bedside shift report

  • Collaborates with nurses on patient's behalf when necessary

  • Utilizes communication and teamwork strategies aimed at promoting high team performance and achieving optimal patient outcomes and unit productivity

  • Chooses an appropriate and meaningful communication style when interacting with others; gives and accepts constructive feedback to/from peers

  • Participates in intentional rounds, communicates any next level of care needs.

Performance Improvement Focus: Actively participates in data collection, analysis, problem solving and gives input on process improvements and patient satisfaction.

  • Assures that the care provided is consistent with standards of care, evidence-based practices, national patient safety goals, core measures and other quality initiatives undertaken by the unit/hospital, such as activity, basic hygiene and nutrition.

  • Works with interdisciplinary team in identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care and patient/family satisfaction

  • Actively promotes and achieves customer satisfaction (patient, family, departments, providers)

  • Participates in the implementation of Performance Improvement initiatives

  • Promptly and efficiently follows up on patient/family requests/needs - anticipates patient/family needs

  • Encourages coworkers in achieving excellent customer satisfaction; utilizes organizational service excellence standards

  • Identifies practice problems on the unit with solutions generated.

  • Implements changes in own clinical practice based on literature and unit process improvement outcomes

Patient Education Focus: Adapts teaching strategies appropriately to meet the patient's/family's age specific needs.

  • Adapts teaching strategies based on patient's response, readiness to learn and level of comprehension as directed by nurse.

  • Takes cultural, age-specific, gender, and developmental factors into consideration when teaching patients about procedures, illness, hospital experience, etc. under the direction of nurse.

  • Ensures patient safety in the hospital environment by following policy/procedures and adhering to National Patient Safety Goals

  • Consults appropriate resources within the hospital to provide specialized education

  • Utilizes health patient education system and other resources for patients and family members

  • Completes discharge education with patients and/or caregiver.

  • Utilizes teach-back method of education.

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.


High School graduate or GED equivalent

Graduate of an accredited program for Medical Assistants.


Graduate of a registered apprenticeship program with 2 years of clinical experience.


Graduate of an online program or on the job training program with 3 years of clinical experience.



Current certification as a Certified Medical Assistant

  • Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 30 days of hire

  • Mandatory Reporter

Requisition ID: 2023-129174

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Name: Med/Surg Y7- Meth

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.9

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Full-Time or Part-Time; Days, Evenings, Nights

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