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AdventHealth ECMO Specialist – Advanced Cardiology Surgical Unit – Orlando in Orlando, Florida


ECMO Specialist – Advanced Cardiology Surgical Unit – Orlando

AdventHealth Orlando seeks to hire an ECMO Specialist who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Facility Profile:

Located on a lush tropical campus, our flagship hospital, 1,107-bed AdventHealth Orlando, serves as the major tertiary facility for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and South America. AdventHealth Orlando houses one of the largest Emergency Departments and largest cardiac catheterization labs in the country. We are already one of the busiest hospitals in the nation, providing service excellence to more than 32,000 inpatients and 125,000 outpatients each year.

Department Profile:

The Advanced Cardiovascular Surgical Unit (ACSU) is a Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit that specializes in mechanical circulatory support devices along with heart and lung transplants. The department currently holds 8 beds, patient ratios 1:1 and at times 1:2, we care for over 120 ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) patients a year, along with LVAD/Left Ventricular Assist Device such as Heartmate II, III, and Heartware, along with other support devices; such as Centrimag, Impella, and Tandem Heart/Lung.

Our ECMO program was awarded, “Center of Excellence” , Gold status by the ELSO organization for 2018-2021, which is evidence that we strive to achieve excellent patient outcomes and provide an exceptional working environment.

Our surgeons and critical care team collaborate to create holistic care plans suited for each patient. Multidisciplinary rounds are led by our unit Medical Director and Critical Care Intensivists. We take pride in our dynamic team that consists of highly-skilled Intensivists, Surgeons, Critical Care Nurses, Respiratory Specialists, ECMO Specialists and Perfusionists.

Work Hours/Shifts:

3/12’s; 7:00am – 7:00pm

*$10,000 Sign-on Bonus available for eligible candidates (see terms below)

Job Summary:

The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Specialist provides clinical expertise in their specialist area to optimize patient, family, nurse and team outcomes. This position assists with directing ECMO daily operations and participates in direct patient care to optimize outcomes in a fiscally responsible manner. The ECMO Specialist supports the practice of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation delivery processes through direct care, presentations, collaborative practice and knowledge of industry standards to establish clinical best practices. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

Knowledge, Skills, Education, & Experience Required:

  • Sound clinical judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills

  • Adept at initiating and administering complex therapeutic interventions

  • Effective teaching skills

  • Ability to maintain accountability and commitment to quality and safety

  • Effective time-management skills within a high-stress environment

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor messages to individuals and audiences throughout the institution

  • Ability to maintain effective relationships while remaining flexible to work with patients, families and all members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team

  • Ability to work independently while thriving in a setting requiring collaboration with the multidisciplinary team

  • Ability to utilize MS Office Platform - particularly Outlook and Word

  • Computer skills and ability to work effectively within electronic medical records (EMRs)

  • Ability to ensure security and confidentiality of patient health information (PHI)

  • Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals, bylaws, regulations and instructions

  • Ability to make decisions ethically and to act as a patient advocate

  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) OR

  • Graduate of a Respiratory Therapy OR

  • Cardiopulmonary Science program

  • Three years of experience as an RN, RRT, ECMO Specialist or Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in an acute-care setting within the last five years

  • Bilingual (English required/Spanish Preferred)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Bachelor’s or Master’s in related healthcare field (Preferred)

  • One year of critical care or palliative care experience for patients with life-limiting or life-threatening illness (Preferred)

  • One year of Ventricular Assist Device experience (Preferred)

  • One year of teaching/preceptor experience (Preferred)

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:

  • Current valid State of Florida license as a Registered Nurse, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Job Responsibilities:

Demonstrates through behavior AdventHealth’s Core Values of Keep Me Safe, Love Me, Make it Easy, and Own it as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program.

  • Participates in timely documentation of comprehensive clinical assessments including assessment of clinical variables including but not limited to diagnostic testing and functional status, assessment of patient’s response to the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) process.

  • Attends and participates in team, unit and campus meetings including hospital interdisciplinary rounds, discharge planning and quality improvement programs with the ability to communicate with the clinical team in a professional and effective manner.

  • Observes, monitors, assesses and reports patient’s response to ECMO as defined by program protocols. Provides clinical support for ECMO patients in collaboration with hospital nursing and perfusion team.

  • Actively participates in ECMO equipment and device accessory management. Serves as a liaison between the hospital and payers, collaborating with Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers to ensure appropriate allocation of supplies for care. Responsible for ensuring timely preventative maintenance on all ECMO equipment and replacement of equipment according to vendor standards.

  • Facilitates the development of the ECMO program through teaching, coaching, and role modeling.

  • Educates patients and their families on device and device-related equipment providing reinforcement on safe patient care.

  • Participates in the ongoing education of internal and external stakeholders in the care of ECMO patients. Educates nurses and other multidisciplinary team members about patient care issues to promote positive outcomes for ECMO patients. Acts as a liaison with the patient community, referring providers and the multidisciplinary team in an effort to create a Referral ECMO-initiated model.

  • Pro-actively initiates quality improvement ideas and suggestions in an effort to improve the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improve the health of the populations served and reduce the cost of clinic care. Actively participates in surveys (on-site and desktop) from regulatory and licensing agencies.

  • Assist with coordinating and developing the on-boarding, training, mentoring and professional development of new ECMO Specialists.

  • Functions within their license scope of practice in the critical care setting and performs any additional task as requested.

If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the ECMO Specialist opportunity with AdventHealth Orlando and apply online today.

*Bonus Details:

  • Applicable experience required.

  • Must live 50 or more miles from 601 East Rollins Dr., Orlando, FL to qualify.

  • Full Time employment contract required.

  • Rehires within 12 months are not eligible.

Job Keywords:

ECMO Specialist, ECMO, Orlando, ACSU, CVICU, Transplants, Critical Care

Job: Other Clinical Professional

Primary Location: US-FL-Orlando

Position Location Orlando

Organization AdventHealth Central Florida

Schedule Full-time

Shift Day

Job Level Staff / Associate

Education Level Non Degree Program

Travel No

Job Posting May 2, 2019, 10:48:14 AM

Req ID: 280191

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