ECMO Specialist-part time

York, PA | Allied Health | Tracking Code: 55714

Position Summary:

General Summary:

 

Under the general direction of the Heart and Vascular leadership, and in collaboration with the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Coordinator and ECMO physicians, manages the ECMO system and the clinical needs of patients on ECMO.  Responsible for all aspects of monitoring and troubleshooting the ECMO circuit and related equipment for patients receiving Extracorporeal Life Support. Adheres to established clinical guidelines set forth by the organization and alignment with Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) standards of care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following are essential job accountabilities:

  1. Operate and manage ECMO circuits and their components during ECMO procedures.
  2. Monitor functional integrity of all ECMO circuit components.
  3. Troubleshoots the ECMO circuit and assist with repairs/replacement of ECMO circuit components under normal and emergent conditions.
  4. Continually assess vital signs, hemodynamics, arterial blood gases, SvO2, and other factors related to systemic oxygen supply/demand, and adjust support accordingly
  5. Continually evaluate ECMO circuit function to optimize oxygen delivery, CO2 removal, and obtain optimal hemodynamic stability.
  6. Operate point-of-care laboratory requirement to evaluate changes in ABGs, CBC, and electrolytes. Collaborate with bedside RN to correct abnormal lab values.
  7. Effectively managed planned and emergent disruptions of ECMO, such as circuit repairs and trials off ECMO (with perfusion supervision as needed).
  8. Manage Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in conjunction with the ECMO circuit.
  9. Maintain knowledge of ECMO and critical care research, including new developments/technologies (via review of literature, news reports, conference attendance, formal and informal continuing education class etc.).
  10. Assist team members with cannulation, initiation of ECMO support, decannulation, and other procedures/operations while on ECMO.
  11. Assist team members with the preparation, set-up and priming of the ECMO circuit and its replacement components.
  12. Adhere to managing physicians daily ECMO protocols/parameters.
  13. Maintain record of required ECMO competency, continuing education, and bedside ECMO hours.
  14. Provides patient, family, staff and community education. Serves as a resource to the multidisciplinary team caring for ECMO patients, providing expertise in device operation, and troubleshooting.
  15. Maintains ECMO services at the Center of Excellence performance levels as established by ESLO.
  16. Assist with new equipment evaluation and purchase and maintaining supplies for the ECMO program.
Required Skills

RN or RRT license in Pennsylvania

Bachelor's degree in nursing, respiratory care  from an accredited training program

BLS, ACLS

CCRN for nursing preferred

Required Experience

The following experience is required for interview consideration:

one year of experience in providing bedside ECMO support and/or completion of ECMO Specialist traing program

Three years of Cardiothoracic ICU experience


Quality of Life

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)

Equal Opportunity Employment

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

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