Piedmont Atlanta Hospital - Atlanta, Georgia
Responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating the day-to-day operations of the mechanical circulatory support program in the critical care setting with a focus on maintaining the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program in accordance with accreditation requirements as defined by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).
1. Oversees the development, growth and operations of the ECMO program.
2. Ensures compliance with ELSO guidelines and regulatory/accreditation body standards.
3. Supports the coordination of patient care.
4. Ensures ongoing staff competence with program related training and proficiencies.
5. Functions as a competent member of the advanced heart failure team with a focus on mechanical circulatory support.
6. Serves as a resource to staff for ECMO. Must be willing to come in during all shifts as needed to provide ECMO guidance.
7. Supervises the training of technical staff in ECMO use to include didactic lectures, laboratory training with the ECMO equipment, bedside training and a defined system for testing proficiency of the team members.
8. Maintains a well-defined program of routine continuing education and emergency training for ECMO staff. Supervises maintenance of equipment.
9. Collects patient data required for ELSO accreditation.
10. Leads the multi-disciplinary ECMO team which includes, but is not limited to, selection criteria, patient follow-up, and program evaluation.
11. Maintains current policies and procedures outlining the indications and contraindications for ECMO, clinical management of the ECMO patient, maintenance of equipment, termination of ECMO therapy and follow-up of the ECMO patient.
12. Maintains clinical skills by working in the clinical setting on an ongoing basis.
13. Fulfills required annual clinical and/or hospital related competencies.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
Skill and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in-writing.
Skill and ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines.
Ability to work as a member of a team.
Skill in decision making, time management, prioritization and organization.
Skill and ability in applicable software.
Ability to collaborate with leadership and the medical staff to develop and maintain a program which provides quality, cost-effective care to ECMO patients.
Knowledge and ability to evaluate program needs on an annual basis and as needed to ensure necessary resources are available.
Knowledge and ability to collaborate with healthcare team members to develop and implement policies, procedures, protocols, pathways and order sets to improve patient care.
Ability to maintain and report outcomes data as defined by ELSO guidelines.
Knowledge and ability to ensure program compliance with established policies and procedures to meet regulatory accreditation, OSHA and HIPPA guidelines.
Knowledge and skill to review and ensure compliance with ELSO guidelines.
Knowledge and ability to develop and implement an ongoing staff educational program.
Knowledge and ability to maintain an awareness of current research related to ECMO and incorporates these findings when appropriate.
Knowledge to remain current on ECMO practice and issues through attending meetings, networking with colleagues and reviewing literature.
The above information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Strong ICU Background required. Must have a minimum of 3 years relevant clinical experience with minimum of 1 year ECMO experience.
MINIMUM LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED BY LAW:
Registered nurse in state of Georgia. Must be BCLS and ACLS certified.
Prefer experience in the accreditation process of ECMO. One year leadership experience preferred. BSN preferred.
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