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Part time
Job Category:
Health Care & Medicine
PRN / ECMO Specialist - RN
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Graduate from an approved school of nursing. BSN preferred. Must be licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

Minimum Work Experience
2 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 2 years of related clinical experience in a comparable setting. At least 1 year pediatric/neonatal experience preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Successful completion of hospital orientation at CNMC. Prior ECMO experience preferred. Successful completion of CNMC ECMO course required within 6 months of hire. Ability to organize, establish priorities and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Must be decisive and able to perform under tense, emotional and stressful situations. Must have ability to perform solve clinical situations to include patient conditions and needs. Must demonstrate compassion and a custom service orientation when dealing with families, patients and co-workers. Must have ability to perform mathematical calculations. Basic computer skills a must. Other computer skills to include entry level Excel and data base management preferred. Must maintain clinical skills and maintain required continuing education credits for license.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Registered Nurse in District of Columbia

Functional Accountabilities

Professional Practice/Research
  1. Participate in Shared Leadership.
  2. Contribute to CNMC’s Magnet Journey.
  3. Ensure nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice.
  4. Accountable to participate in the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level).
  5. Participate in community activities.
Assessment and Planning
  1. Gather physical and psychosocial data on patient/family and anticipate problems with changes in patient status.
  2. Review patient findings with ECMO physician.
  3. Contribute to the development of an individualized plan of care with patient and family.
  4. Review daily parameters with the ECMO physician; review recent lab values.
  5. Notify ECMO physician of abnormal laboratory values and/or change in clinical status of the patient.
  6. Able to access ECMO circuit function and troubleshoot as necessary.
Plan of Care
  1. Assist in ECMO cannulation and decannulation.
  2. Able to provide priming and initiation of ECMO circuitry; maintain ECMO circuit, monitor patient's clinical status to include ACT levels, blood gases and metabolic status while maintaining clinical parameters; maintain pump and arterial blood gases, ACT and platelet parameters within daily parameter setting.
  3. Able to assist to integrate other extracorporeal support systems as needed.
  4. Facilitate ECMO equipment review and inventory process as defined by ECMO Leadership team; assist with data collection for ELSO database.
  5. Support clinical research activities by following established protocols, collect data and assist part-time specialists to do the same.
  6. Provide regular in-service and update to part-time specialists and critical care staff.
Evaluate Plan of Care
  1. Identify and document the patient and family’s physical and emotional responses to care delivered.
  2. Accountable to establish, implement, communicate and evaluate the interdisciplinary plan of care with outcomes.
  3. Participate in annual review of ECMO policy and procedure manual.
  4. Assist ECMO program manager toplan, teach and implement regular competency review per ECMO policy.
  5. Take initiative to act as resource to others in the teaching/learning process.
  1. Role model proficiency in ECMO skills, completeness of documentation, and organizational and prioritization skills necessary to complete assignments within acceptable time frames.
  2. Support department management decisions and promote a positive work environment.
  3. Strive to continuously improve operations through quality improvement and work to sustain results.
  4. Ensure accuracy of data, work and information.
  5. Participate in performance improvement data collection, analysis, implementation and ongoing evaluation.
  6. Take an active role in the orientation of new staff and assist unit preceptors in orientation of new staff.

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.