ECMO RN Specialist

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 169473-1A
Date Posted: Aug 9, 2021
Category: Nursing

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Position Summary: This position reports to the nurse manager of the Cardiac Care Unit. The Extracorporeal Oxygenation (ECMO) Coordinator works collaboratively with the interventional cardiology, critical care education & leadership teams, as well as the perfusion team to coordinate, educate, and support frontline staff in the provision of care that is in accordance with the rules, regulations and/or standards established by the State of Massachusetts, The Joint Commission, and appropriate specialty organizations relevant to the patient population receiving ECMO as a treatment modality. Additionally, the ECMO coordinator should understand and be able to teach how other treatment modalities such as Impella, Tandem Heart, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) and any other devices function and affect a patient receiving these modalities concurrently when receiving ECMO. Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:


Clinical Management Serves as a leader and partner in the interdisciplinary health care team.

Demonstrates excellent collaboration and communication skills with all members of the healthcare team serving to bridge gaps in knowledge, perceptions, and understanding.

Provides direct patient care as needed, maintaining competencies required to provide care to critically ill patients at LHMC as defined by the CC Leadership and education teams.

Provides clinical expertise and supervision for patients being supported by mechanical support device(s). This will include but not be limited to collaboration and discussion with the patients’ primary care team, frontline staff at the bedside, as well as indirect supervision and support as needed.

Participates in cannulation of mechanical support devices when possible.

Maintains detailed knowledge of all patients receiving ECMO as a treatment modality.

Assists with and/or coordinates care during all phases of care provision as needed which includes cannulation, daily care, decannulation, intra/inter-hospital travel etc.

Responsible for promoting cost effective care through coordination of human, environmental, and material resources.

Develops and facilitates processes to foster information sharing between the patient/family and the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Ensures consistent processes in place to ensure patients and families are well informed and are included in care planning.

Provides and/or oversees the provision of education to the patient and family regarding treatments, support devices as needed.

Collaborates with team leads, critical care educator(s) and Clinical Nurse Leaders to identify, develop, and provide learning opportunities and education to clinical staff.

Validate staff competencies and ensure successful completion of related education.

Works with device representatives/educators to develop and ensure education and use of equipment is in alignment with indications for use.

Exercises sound judgment and assessment skills with initial intervention and throughout the treatment/support cycle to obtain the best optimum outcomes.

Collaborates with appropriate leadership and risk team(s) to ensure any and all safety issues are investigated, assisting with mitigation, education, or any additional appropriate response needed.

Remains up to date with the latest research to ensure that protocols, processes, and care provided are in alignment with current best practice.

Clinical Information Management Utilizes the electronic health record (EHR) and other information systems and technology to reviw and improve health care outcomes. Participates in development of order sets and/or protocols including documentation requirements to support the safe up-to-date delivery of care. Participates in processes to ensure appropriate care and supporting EHR documentation are in alignment with policies, guidelines, and expectations. Manages data analysis and entry into the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) database for all ECMO runs. Performs clinical review of all ECMO cases, providing feedback to care teams. Participates in any morbidity and mortality conferences. Maintains, reviews, and updates ECMO program policies, guidelines, and quality measures in coordination with appropriate stakeholders. Assists with managing reporting out data to appropriate committees as needed such as but not limited to Quality and Safety, Infection Prevention, ECMO, and Critical Care

Leadership and Professional Development Functions as an extension of the critical care leadership team, demonstrating effective communication, collaboration, and coaching skills. Consistently promotes an environment that supports interprofessional inquiry, clinical research, innovation, and problem solving. Models behavior that is in alignment with the behavior guidelines and guiding principles Respect, Caring, Teamwork, and Excellence/Integrity. Maintains strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital Confidentiality policy and other Lahey Hospital Policies. Creates opportunities for mentoring staff and supporting professional development and advanced specialty certification (Adult Certified ECMO Specialist CES-A). Supports and participates in appropriate professional associations; ie ELSO, AACN etc. Follows emerging trends in critical care, and appropriate subspecialties by reading peer reviewed journal articles as well as participation or attendance at international, national, or regional conferences. Serves a role model for lifelong learning.

Performs all other duties assigned, as needed or directed to meet the needs of our patient populati


Education: Bachelor's degree of Science in Nursing or Bachelor's degree in Cardiopulmonary Science/Respiratory Therapy Licensure, Certification, Registration:

? Massachusetts License as a Registered Nurse or Registered Respiratory Therapist

? ACLS Required ? CES-A Certification Required

? NBRC- RRT Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Abilities: Excellent interpersonal skills Working knowledge of PC’s (able to use or learn commonly used applications including Microsoft Office, Google G-suite) Excellent Oral and Written Communication skills.


Schedule and hours  based on department guidelines and department needs

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.