Phone Nurse

Rural Health Clinic

Full-time position (36 hours per week). Works 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Prioritizes patient appointments for medical practitioner’s schedule. Utilizes critical judgment to coordinate with practitioner and clinic staff members for patient access. Applies knowledge of illnesses, injuries and diseases, using available resources in the assessment process. Assesses patient’s problems on the phone, triages calls, discusses with medical practitioner/nursing staff and returns calls. Documents nursing intervention, patient response, effectiveness, complications, etc. Must be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing program possessing a current Iowa nursing license. Must either be certified in CPR or obtain certification during the first three months of employment.

Registered Nurse – Weekend Package

Medical/Surgical Department

Full-time position (36 hours per week). Works 12-hour shifts Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Five weekends on; one weekend off (flexibility with weekend off). Holiday rotation. One-year position commitment. Generous compensation and benefits package.

Utilizes the nursing process to provide and direct quality patient care and patient/family teaching in various settings: Med/Surg, Swing Bed, OB/Nursery, SCU, and ER. Provides leadership working with health team members to maintain standards for professional nursing practices in the clinical setting. Completes admission assessments/reassessments with appropriate documentation. Reviews care plans. Keeps practitioner/charge nurse informed of change in patient condition. Organizes and anticipates patient care needs. Must be a Registered Nurse with one year clinical experience in Medical/Surgical unit. BSN preferred. Current Iowa Registered Nurse license required. 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.

Information Systems Technician

Information Services Department

Full-time position (40 hours per week). Works Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm OR 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. On-call required. Provides computer and computer network technical support to Myrtue Medical Center staff in various departments. Develops project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to create or modify computer programs, and is to a greater or lessor degree involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the Medical Center’s computer and information management systems. Assists users to resolve computer related problems such as inoperative PC based or network hardware or software. Performs Help Desk operations for users and systems i.e., receives user calls and assesses the level of problem and formulates a correct and timely response, which will bring the user or system back into operation status. Strong information systems management skills; strong interpersonal communications skills, PC hardware assembly and maintenance, PC software installation, training, and maintenance, computer/network equipment evaluation and acquisition skills, network installation and maintenance skills, system analysis and programming skills desirable. SCCM preferred. College degree in computer science, engineering or equivalent experience.

Mental Health Therapist (School-Based Pre-K to 5th Grade)

Behavioral Health Department

Potential job start date is MAY 2020

Full-time position (40 hours per week). Will be assigned to the Harlan Community School District and Shelby County Catholic Schools and their buildings. Is responsible for providing a comprehensive array of clinical services, including but not limited to assessment, individual and family therapy for students Pre-K through 5th grade. Serves as an active participant in all clinical programs of the department and is responsible for providing a comprehensive array of clinical services delivered at the school including but not limited to: behavioral health evaluations, assessment, individual and family therapy, behavioral health crisis assessment, consultation, and education. The right candidate will have a heart for children with some training in play therapy and TFCBT. Two years equivalent experience and field experience in a similar setting during the educational process preferred. Must be eligible to be licensed in the State of Iowa to practice as an LMHC, LISW, or MFT. Masters degree in Human Service field such as Counseling, Social Work, or other mental health related field required.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Dense Breast Tissue – What Does It Mean to Me?

Dense breast tissue is common and normal, but it can make it more difficult for doctors to identify cancerous lesions. Below we will explain what dense breast tissue is, how it may interfere with a breast cancer diagnosis and ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

What is dense breast tissue?

Breast tissue consists of ducts, milk glands, and supportive connective tissue, which may be fatty (non-dense) or fibrous (dense).  Breast tissue appears to be dense on a mammogram when it contains a lot of fibrous tissue rather than fat. The dense tissue appears as a solid white area, which is difficult to see through. 

What causes dense breast tissue?

It is not known why some women have more dense breast tissue than others. What is known is that women are more likely to have dense breast tissue when the following are true:

  1. You are younger. Breast tissue generally becomes less dense as we age. However, some women’s breast tissue may be dense no matter their age.
  2. Your body mass index is lower. Women who are obese are less likely to have dense breast tissue than women who have less body fat.
  3. You are taking hormone therapy. Women taking hormone therapy for symptoms of menopause are more likely to have dense breasts.

Does breast density matter?

Yes, having dense breast tissue matters. It can increase the likelihood that breast cancer is undetected by a mammogram. In addition, it increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but the reasons for this are unknown at this point.

What breast cancer screening tests are recommended?

In the U.S., a number of major medical organizations recommend that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin annual screenings at 40. Women with dense breasts are considered to have a higher than average risk of breast cancer.

While dense breast tissue does make it more difficult to interpret a mammogram, mammograms are still considered to be effective screening tools. Digital mammograms are more effective at finding cancer in dense breast tissue than older technologies because they save images as digital files and allow for more detailed analysis.

Sometimes when dense breast tissue is detected on a mammogram, additional imaging tests are recommended.

Are additional tests necessary?

Several additional tests could be performed if dense breast tissue prevents a good interpretation of a mammogram. These include a 3-D mammogram (breast tomosynthesis), a breast MRI, a breast ultrasound, or molecular breast imaging (MBI). Each test has its pros and cons that a woman should discuss with her doctor based on her own risk factors and preferences.

We provide 3-D mammogram, technology that uses low levels of radiation to produce high quality images. Our kind and skilled staff promote a healing environment to give our patients excellent health care. Follow us on Facebook. and/or Twitter. To schedule an appointment, call us toll-free at 833-MMC-CARE (833-662-2273).

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Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/mammogram/in-depth/dense-breast-tissue/art-20123968

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/mammograms/breast-density-and-your-mammogram-report.html

https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/breast-changes/dense-breasts

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319502.php

Registered Nurse

Emergency Department

Part-time position (works 20 hours per week). Works every third weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Works Monday through Thursday 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Utilizes the nursing process to provide and direct quality patient care. 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. Completes admission assessments and documentation. Appropriate assessments/reassessments completed with documentation. Initiates and individualizes care plans on admission. Works with medical practitioner to care for a variety of patients. Functions appropriately in emergency situations. Previous ER or Med/Surg experience required. Must be a graduate from an approved Professional Nursing program. Must be a Registered Nurse currently licensed in the State of Iowa. BLS and ACLS required. TNCC preferred. PALS preferred. NRB preferred.