VAD Nurse Coordinator - Organ Acq-Heart (1.0 FTE, Rotating)
Company: Michigan Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics.
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 14, 2022
Nursing Staff 1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Rotating Shift At Stanford
Children's Health, we know world-renowned care begins with
world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and
breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we
provide our caregivers with continuing education and
state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring,
committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to
heal humanity, one child and family at a time. Job Summary This
paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the
job. The Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Nurse Coordinators are
specialized registered nurses, in an ambulatory and inpatient care
setting, that facilitate the care and education of ventricular
assist device patients and their families. From initial contact,
through the evaluation for VAD implant, during the pre-operative,
peri-operative, and post-operative periods as well as continual
outpatient follow-up. The VAD Nurse Coordinator ensure continuity
of care across the VAD/Heart Transplant continuum. Essential
Functions The essential functions listed are typical examples of
work performed by positions in this job classification. They are
not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive
inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may
also perform other duties as assigned. Employees must abide by all
Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to
sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and
ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments,
emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation
in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to
safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National
Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings. Must
perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the
Service Standards of the Hospital(s).
- Works closely with inpatient VAD team and beside clinical
nurses for coordination of care. Participates in inpatient
multidisciplinary rounds to obtain information to facilitate care
of the patient.
- Provides VAD educational/outreach programs to health care
providers and staff across Stanford Children's Health, community
organizations, schools, and professional VAD/transplant societies
- Reviews and evaluates lab results and notifies the physician or
advance practice provider of abnormalities. Appropriately documents
communication to providers in the medical record.
- Arranges all appropriate medical therapy and testing under the
guidance of physicians and advance practice providers.
- Facilitates the discharge process including assessment of
readiness. Provides documentation to providers, EMS department,
local hospital and electric company at discharge regarding patients
home environment. Facilitates the delivery of home VAD dressing
supplies to appropriately care for the VAD
- Provides timely and appropriate clinical advice and
interventions through direct patient contact as well as telephone
contact. Educates staff and providers about the mechanics of how a
VAD works, living with a VAD, and caring for the VAD.
- Develops, reviews, and evaluates effectiveness of guidelines,
clinical pathways, policies and procedures within the VAD
- Attend weekly VAD/Transplant Selection Committee. Ensures VAD
financial clearance. Minimum Qualifications Any combination of
education and experience that would likely provide the required
knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any
required licenses or certifications is qualifying. Education :
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or
university. Experience : Three (3) years of progressively
responsible and directly related work experience.
License/Certification : Current American Heart Association (AHA)
Certification for Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare
Providers. -AND- CA Registered Nurse (RN) Knowledge, Skills, and
Abilities These are the observable and measurable attributes and
skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of
the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying
experience, education, or licensure/certification.
- Knowledge of normal cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology
- Knowledge of cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery and heart
transplant nursing care
- Knowledge of and ability to coordinate the care of the
ventricular assist device recipient in an ambulatory setting to
achieve optimal physical, social, and emotional
- Knowledge of and ability to monitor and coordinate the care of
VAD patients on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
transplant waiting list.
- Ability to identify common cardiopulmonary
- Ability to demonstrate proficiency and continual growth in the
knowledge of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices/Ventricular
- Ability to anticipate, assess, plan for, and manage physical,
psychological, and social needs of the patient and family/caregiver
and provide appropriate support, comfort, and reassurance.
- Ability to apply a professional nursing code of ethics and
professional guidelines to clinical practice.
- Ability to be a resource for all employees assigned area of
- Ability to develop, evaluate, implement and, as necessary,
modify a patient care plan to meet the needs of individual
- Ability to integrate patient care with other members of the
interdisciplinary health care team and provide direction or
guidance to non-licensed personnel in assigned area of
responsibility to ensure quality care.
- Ability to observe changes in the medical condition of patients
and effectively communicate these changes to other nursing staff
members and physicians.
- Ability to provide age-specific, quality, patient-centered care
to all patients through the nursing process and standards of
nursing practice with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of
- Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional
- Knowledge of current theories, principles, practices,
standards, emerging technologies, techniques and approaches in the
nursing profession, and the health care system, and the
responsibility and accountability for the outcome of practice.
- Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations; standards and
guidelines of certifying and accrediting bodies; hospital and
department/unit standards, protocols, policies and procedures
governing the provision of nursing care in the area of
- Knowledge of medical and professional nursing ethics and
patient privacy rights.
- Knowledge of medical terminology; principles and practices of
health promotion, risk reduction, illness and disease prevention
and management; medications and drugs, common dosages, their
physical and physiological effects, and possible adverse reactions.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions The Physical
Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically
performed are available from the Occupational Health Department.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Equal
Opportunity Employer L ucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and
non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including
the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate
against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual
orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic
origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition,
genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the
perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of
all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with
criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized
assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where
applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance
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