Company: UNC Healthcare
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: January 13, 2022
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The ECMO Specialist (ED) provides highly technical work in
delivering circulatory support for complex critically ill patients
receiving cardiac and pulmonary support using extra-corporeal
membrane oxygenation and ventricular support through mechanical
assistance. The ECMO Specialist is an expert practitioner in
providing Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). The ECMO Specialist
is responsible for coordinating and delivering all aspects of ECLS
consistent with professional standards and licensure, including
monitoring of patient status, the extracorporeal circuit, and
related technology. As a member of the ECMO team, the ES
collaborates with the patient's health care team (nursing,
physicians, and others) to coordinate and provide care in
accordance with the patient's individualized care plan. The ECMO
Specialist reports to the ECMO Program Manager, Program Director
and the ECMO Advanced Clinical leadership team.
1. Evaluate, Plan and implement Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)
- Demonstrates high degree of competence in managing the care of
patients requiring ECLS. Utilizes knowledge regarding
extracorporeal circulatory support and the effects on the body, to
effectively plan, deliver and evaluate complex ECLS care in
accordance with the managing physician, including
population-appropriate physical, psychosocial, educational and
safety aspects of care. Utilizes healthcare organization policies
and procedures and ELSO standards in delivery of care. Utilizes
healthcare organization policies and procedures and ELSO standards
in delivery of care. Works collaboratively with the Health Care
team to ensure that the patient on ECLS has adequate and organ
perfusion, maintains acid base balance and hemodynamic stability
within ordered parameters, has adequate oxygenation and
ventilation, along with maintaining other parameters as ordered by
the ECMO service physician team. Using available internal resources
and systems, consults with healthcare team providing complete and
appropriate information for complex continuum of care planning.
2. Patient and Family Education - independently develops, evaluates
and revises individualized, age and culture-specific teaching plans
for all patients and families receiving ECLS therapies. Assesses
readiness to learn of the patient/family/caregivers. Assesses
developmental level of patient and factors affecting ability to
learn. Assists in the development of, and utilizes patient
education materials relevant to patient population.
3. Problem Solving - identifies problems and utilizes critical
thinking skills in finding solutions to resolve problems, following
through to implement solutions.
4. Professional Education - Assumes responsibility for continuous
learning and identifying professional educational needs. Develops
and achieves professional goals.
5. Quality improvement - is proactively involved in the quality
improvement by the identification of issues, planning, evaluation
and participation in performance improvement projects.
6. Leadership - Develops goals to promote professional growth or
minimize limitations. Achieves goals and objectives within
identified timeframe or renegotiates with manager. Participates in
activities that facilitate intra/departmental collaboration and
serves as a role model for the ES Team. Functions as a consultant
for ECLS therapies throughout the hospital. Participates in
development and achievement of departmental goals and performance
improvement activities. Effectively uses communication systems.
Participates in promoting cost-effective care. Promotes a safe,
clean and secure hospital environment for all.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and
levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that
will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring
what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular
positions shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way
modify the right of an supervisor to assign, direct and control the
work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a
particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not
be held to exclude other duties.
Other Information Other information:
--- Associate's degree from an accredited Respiratory Therapy
program or School of Nursing, or Graduation from an accredited
school of Perfusion Technology.
--- If a Respiratory Therapist: Licensed as a Respiratory Therapist
by the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board and registry eligible
by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
--- If a RN: Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse n the state
of North Carolina. --- If a Perfusionist: Licensed by the North
Professional Experience Requirements:
--- Two (2) years of experience as a Registered Nurse or
Respiratory Therapist in a NICU, PICU, Adult Surgical, Medical or
Cardiovascular Unit, or applicable Perfusion experience. --- OR 3
years or related clinical experience in a comparable setting with
experience caring for critically ill patients. --- Direct
management of ECMO experience preferred. --- Advanced knowledge of
principles and techniques of extracorporeal support preferred.
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:
--- Interpersonal communication skills necessary to work with
hospital employees, physicians, patients, family members and
community professionals. --- Must possess exceptional critical
thinking skills and deal with extreme pressure and stress. ---
Ability to rotate shifts and/or work flexible hours to meet patient
care needs. --- Understanding of the principles of hemodynamics in
clinical work. --- Understanding of the pharmacology of vasoactive
Legal Employer: STATE
Entity : UNC Medical Center
Organization Unit : ECMO
Work Type : Full Time
Standard Hours Per Week : 36.00
Work Schedule : Night Job
Location of Job : US:NC:Chapel Hill
Exempt From Overtime : Exempt: No
Keywords: UNC Healthcare, Chapel Hill , ECMO Specialist, Other , Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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