Winter Preparedness Tips

With the prediction of winter storms this weekend, now is the time to properly prepare for cold weather, potential loss of power, and limited access to services, including roads, medical care, and communication systems. Extreme cold and harsh winter storms can dramatically increase the daily hardships and day-to-day survival challenges for all residents, but especially those who have special health care needs.

It’s important to first understand the terms of declining weather and pending winter storms.

  • A winter weather advisory means that cold, ice, and snow are expected.
  • A winter storm watch means severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
  • A winter storm warning means that severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the following tips for seniors and people with disabilities:

  • Make prior arrangements with your physician or check with your oxygen supplier about emergency plans for those on respirators or other electric-powered medical equipment.
  • Plan now to have electrical backup for medical equipment.
  • Develop a back-up communications plan by having a charged cell phone in case land lines are disrupted.
  • Maintain a two-week supply of medications, both prescription and non-prescription.
  • Have copies of your medical records, prescriptions, and medical needs readily available.
  • Have contact lenses, extra eyeglasses, and batteries for hearing aids ready to go.
  • Include your service animals and pets in your plans.

FEMA also recommends that people with special needs develop and stay in touch with a nearby network of assistance before winter storms or record cold move in. It’s important for neighbors, relatives, care attendants, friends and coworkers to be part of your care and communications circle. Never depend on one person alone.

Severe winter weather including snow, subfreezing temperatures, strong winds, ice, or even heavy rain requires planning ahead. FEMA recommends an emergency supply kit that includes:

  • A battery powered radio, extra flashlights, and batteries, and, at minimum, a week’s supply of canned or non-perishable food and bottled water.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets for warmth.
  • First Aid Supplies.

Remember that planning ahead, assembling an emergency supply kit, staying informed, and keeping those in your circle informed about you are the best ways to stay safe through the uncertain days of winter. For additional information on winter storm safety, please contact Myrtue Medical Center’s Public Health Office at 712.755.4422.

Ultrasound Technologist

Diagnostic Imaging Department

On-call position.  Schedule varies.  Works various days Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Performs ultrasound procedures, clerical duties, and shares in departmental work.  Produces consistent quality ultrasound examinations by selecting proper technical factors and using proper examination protocol.  Exhibits proper positioning techniques.  Performs special procedures (US guided needle biopsies with sterile technique).  Demonstrates knowledge in maintenance of equipment, transducer, and disinfection equipment.  Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and neatness in paperwork/computer preparation for patient procedures.  Experience is not required but some work experience is preferred.  Must be a high school graduate with required training in ultrasound.  Must be registered with the ARDMS or RDMS and RVT.  Must be able to perform vascular ultrasound exams and prefer to be able to perform general ultrasound exams also.

Behavioral Health Associate

Behavioral Health Department

Full-time position (40 hours per week).  Works Monday through Friday.  We are looking for someone who shares our passion for patient recovery.  If you are interested in an opportunity to help others in their recovery process, please submit your application.  The Behavioral Health Associate performs a variety of patient care and departmental activities directly related to the Community Support Services (CSS) programs which include but are not limited to:  client assessments; facilitating behavioral health groups; direct service provider for various programs including but not limited to BHIS (Behavioral Health Intervention Services), IPR (Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation),and SCL (Supportive Community Living); provides on-call services in rotation with other Behavioral Health practitioners; documentation; data entry; case management; provides support to Behavioral Health Operations Coordinator, Behavioral Health Director, and other practitioners.  Previous Human Services experience required.  Utilizes and builds upon knowledge acquired through formal education.  Possesses technical skills and knowledge of screening/assessment mechanisms and data analysis/entry necessary to comply with program expectations.  Bachelor’s degree in Human Services (Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Social Work, Criminal Justice, etc) with preferable Human Services experience or Associate’s degree and four years direct Human Services experience.

Patient Financial Advocate

Revenue Cycle Department

Full-time position (40 hours per week).  Works Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Provides customer service to patients concerning billing and accounting information.  Processes collections and other miscellaneous accounting functions.  Is responsible for all self pay account processing.  Is involved in the self pay/early out account process and is required to perform all general office functions as well.  Must reflect a positive, well-mannered attitude in all contacts.  Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care.  Requires a strong aptitude for detail.  Knowledge and use of customer service skills preferred.  High school diploma or equivalent required.

LPN, Medical Assistant, or Registered Nurse

Outpatient Specialty Clinics

Part-time position (20 hours per week).  Works various hours Monday through Friday.  Utilizes the nursing process to provide and direct quality patient care in the Outpatient Specialty Clinic setting.  Directs and provides patient/family teaching.  Provides leadership when working with health team members in maintaining standards for professional nursing practice in the clinical setting.  Applies knowledge of illnesses, injuries, and disease, using available resources in the assessment process.  Documents nursing assessments and intervention, etc.  Communicates information to peers, supervisors, physicians.  Organizes schedules and appointments and communicates with specialty medical practitioners and other staff.  Competent within scope of practice for care of all ages of patients (infants, pediatric, adult, geriatric).  Medical Assistant – must be a graduate of medical assistant training – possessing certification.  LPN – must be a graduate of accredited LPN school of nursing LPN program and possess a current LPN Iowa license.  Registered Nurse – must be a graduate from an approved Professional Nursing program and hold a current license in the State of Iowa.  Certification in Basic Life Support is required within 3 months of date of hire.  Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification is required within 12 months of date of hire. click here to apply.

Behavioral Health Professional (LISW, LMHC)

Behavioral Health Department

Full-time position.  Works Tuesday (8:00 am to 8:00 pm), Wednesday (8:00 am to 5:00 pm), Thursday (8:00 am to 8:00 pm), and Friday (8:00 am to 4:00 pm).  Serves as an active participant in the clinical programs of the department, including both direct treatment of outpatients, performance of evaluation activities, provides emergency services, consultation, and education.  Provides need assessment.  Completes comprehensive psychosocial assessment to include addiction issues and mental status exam.  Conducts therapy sessions with client(s) and groups.  Reviews cases to assure quality of care.  Provides crises intervention including on-call emergency services.  Two years experience or equivalent or field experience in a similar setting during educational process preferred.  Must be eligible to be licensed in the State of Iowa to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Provider.  Interns, new graduates, and candidates with provisional license will be considered.  A Master’s degree in the Human Service field such as Counseling, Social Work, or other mental health related field required.