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ECMO Nurse

Company: CHI St. Vincent Health
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Job Description:

Overview

With more than 600 licensed beds, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving the health care needs of Arkansans, including patients from all 75 counties. CHI St Vincent Infirmary offers a full array of cardiovascular care including adult heart surgery. An integral part of this care is mechanical circulatory support which includes extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO is a modified cardiopulmonary bypass technique used for the treatment of life threatening cardiac or respiratory failure. An ECMO RN is educated in adherence to ELSO guidelines to manage the ECMO circuit and patient including blood pump, tubing, artificial oxygenator, and related equipment. The ECMO RN works under qualified medical direction and supervision via the ECMO Coordinator and Physician.

 

CHI St. Vincent provides you with the same level of care you provide to others. We care about our employees well-being and offer benefits that complement and support your work/life balance.

 


We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

Free Premium Membership to our Care@Work program to help employees with child care, pet care, senior caregivers, housekeepers & more.
Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
Flexible spending accounts
Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identify Theft 
Adoption Assistance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
Paid Time Off (PTO) 
Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs
Wellness Programs


Responsibilities

Monitors pump functioning throughout patient therapy and maintains pump integrity; monitors circuit volume and administers products, medications and/or volumes as ordered; monitors anticoagulation, electrolyte acid-base balance and blood gas composition volumes and adjusts ECMO circuit to maintain physician orders.
Recommends appropriate changes to current patient management based on new information or changing patient status.
Generates and compiles appropriate documentation related to ECMO.
Operates point of care laboratory equipment; interprets and acts on results based upon physician orders.
With the ECMO coordinator or perfusion sets up and primes ECMO circuits; initiates and maintains extracorporeal life support according to protocols.
With the ECMO coordinator or perfusion assists with logistics of cannulation, decannulation, and in-house transport of patients on ECMO.
Coordinates and assists with inter-facility transport for patients on ECMO.
With the ECMO coordinator and perfusion department manages planned and emergent disruption of ECMO.

Assists with the replacement of circuit components under normal and emergent conditions.
Assures a minimum amount of pump time quarterly and annually to maintain competency with ECMO procedures. If these cannot be met with patient care, ECMO RN will
participate in drills to meet requirements.
Promotes shared governance, or facility decision making activities, developing and nurturing research to positively affect clinical outcomes and promotion.
Independently develops, evaluates and revises individualized, age and culture-specific teaching plans for all patients and families.
Identifies problems and utilizes problem solving skills to participate in finding solutions to resolve problems, following through to implement solutions. Role models the use of the problem solving process.
Must be willing to accept call assignments.
Maintains required yearly competencies for all CVICU RNs
Will function in the roles and responsibility of a RN/charge/preceptor in the CVICU when needed.
Safely recovers and takes care of open heart surgeries, vascular and thoracic surgeries
Demonstrates a firm understanding of hemodynamics and the complex patient


Qualifications

Associate's Degree in Nursing required; Bachelor's Degree preferred OR Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Arkansas or current multistate license from a Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) member state
1 years of experience as an RN/PCC in the CVICU
Must be competent in the following roles: charge nurse and preceptor
Must be competent in the following devices/surgeries: ECMO, LVAD, impellas, CRRT, IABP, swan ganz, and recovery of open heart surgery
The ECMO RN must maintain competency by attending quarterly simulation (16 hours per quarter) and annual hospital competency verification (24 hours)
Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Attention to detail.
Possess performance improvement methodology.
Self-directed.
Understands and demonstrates professional practices, project management, and organizational skills.
Effectively communicates with all levels of the organization

Keywords: CHI St. Vincent Health, Little Rock , ECMO Nurse, Other , Little Rock, Arkansas

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