The Registered Nurse-ECMO works with increasing independence to set criteria for the quality of patient care, assess patients’ needs and plans for the individualized care of patients using specialized knowledge and skills and evaluates outcomes and interventions. This individual also directs and guides patient care activities of ancillary personnel and other patient care personnel while maintaining standards of professional nursing practice. This Registered Nurse is an integral part a strong interdisciplinary team responsible for the care of the ECMO patient. The Registered Nurse-ECMO utilizes the skills taught through training, certification, recertification, and skills validation to safely and effectively deliver specialized comprehensive care to a variety of patient populations by operating and managing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) equipment under the supervision of ECMO Coordinator, and ECMO physicians. The Registered Nurse-ECMO incorporates all members of the health care team in the planning and delivery of care to the patient; demonstrates expertise in caring for patients with multiple or complex problems by monitoring the patient’s status and ECMO circuit; maintains the ECMO pump and manages the ECMO patient; assumes responsibility for identifying and correcting problems associated with ECMO procedures according to protocols; documents care and interventions; and provides ECMO services as ordered by a physician in accordance with established policies and procedures.
The Registered Nurse-ECMO continues to work as an Intensive Care Registered Nurse when not assigned to an ECMO patient.
The person in this position works under general supervision, is responsible for various shifts, may be subject to over 40 hours per week and/or callback as required, and may also be required to remain on campus immediately before, during and after severe weather and/or disasters.