Registered Nurse, LVAD Coordinator, Newark, DE

Job Requisition #: JR66019

End Date: 6/30/2023

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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ChristianaCare is currently seeking a full-time Registered Nurse, LVAD Coordinator for our Outpatient Heart Failure Center.

In this position, you will collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to provide clinical nursing expertise and coordination for patients with heart failure requiring ventricular assist device placement through all phases of care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Works within in a high-volume advanced heart failure team to facilitate the smooth execution of ventricular assist device implants, both pre-implant and post-acute lifetime follow-up by anticipating and troubleshooting problems, working collaboratively to facilitate timely evaluations and promote the patient experience.  

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM, no weekends or holidays required

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:   

  • Provides inpatient and outpatient nursing care and education to candidates for and recipients of ventricular assist devices.
  • Acts as a liaison between patients, families, hospital staff, referring providers and area transplant centers.
  • Identifies VAD implant candidates upon referral and interacts with appropriate staff to initiate and facilitate the evaluation process.
  • Collaborates with financial coordinator to ensure appropriate insurance authorizations obtained prior to implantation.
  • Facilitates transplant evaluation and referral to transplant center for patients who will receive a device as a bridge to heart transplant.
  • Assures performance of necessary tests and studies to determine patients' candidacy for implant and / or transplantation.
  • Facilitates the transfer of evaluation information to VAD team members and other advanced heart failure centers.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary conferences to determine candidacy for VAD implant / transplantation.
  • Assists with pump preparation and all necessary VAD implant monitoring tasks in operating room as needed by surgical team.
  • Provides monitoring of VAD patients for all post-implant procedures requiring sedation.
  • Serves as a resource for inpatient nursing and ancillary staff during implantation and post operative period.
  • Coordinates, monitors and follows all pre and post VAD implant diagnostic studies.
  • Manages weekly INR/Warfarin dosing and communicates with patients.
  • Creates, reviews and revises guidelines / protocols as necessary.
  • Participates in VAD group quality and performance improvements projects.
  • Assists in setting the agenda with lead VAD NP, documenting and distributing minutes for VAD-related meetings.
  • Collects and analyzes data required for regulatory review and submit to the appropriate agency.
  • Assists with Joint Commission Certification and tracking of outcome and quality standards.
  • Maintains and updates list of potential candidates and prepare for weekly candidate review meetings.
  • Coordinates system wide education efforts regarding community preparedness for VAD patients including emergency services personnel, skilled nursing facility staff, visiting nurse staff and physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation staff.
  • Coordinates system wide education within hospital for all VAD competent/VAD aware staff.
  • Manages outpatient care of VAD recipients to include coordination of outpatient appointments, attending the outpatient clinic visits, interrogating devices, performing dressing changes, and completing clinical documentation.
  • Participates in educational events to promote the VAD program including Grand Rounds presentations, educational summits and marketing events as needed.
  • Maintains inventory records of required equipment needed for the VAD program.  Coordinates with purchasing to ensure adequate supplies are available at all times.
  • Maintains legible, accurate and confidential medical records consistent with regulatory standards.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Graduated from an accredited nursing institution.  BSN or Bachelors in related field. 
  • Minimum of five years of cardiovascular surgical nursing experience

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current nursing licensure in the state of DE;
  • BLS certification, ACLS preferred

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EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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