An OHSU VAD Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the comprehensive specialized care for advanced heart failure patients in both the inpatient and outpatient environment. These patients are candidates for advanced heart failure therapy using MCS/VAD support with the intent of one either bridge to transplant or destination therapy. In this position, the coordinator will collaborate in the development, implementation, and maintenance of all aspects of care for patients with a VAD in combination with physicians and other members of a multidisciplinary care team. In addition, the VAD Coordinator should demonstrate autonomy with respect to patient evaluation, optimal treatment and follow-up care. Through knowledge and experience the VAD Coordinator should have the skill set to coordinate and manage the patient care of this high-risk patient population throughout the continuum. Furthermore, this individual will ensure optimization of the patients clinical, functional, and psychosocial status. Ideal this person provides the communication link in developing patient care among the multidisciplinary team members including social work and the transplant team. Can organize and orchestrate INTERMACS and The Joint Commission Disease Specific VAD certification focusing on continually improving patient outcomes; assisting in the pre-authorizing process; facilitate participation in cardiovascular/cardiothoracic surgery-related clinical research trials. The VAD Coordinator can support professional knowledge and healthcare management through effective interactions and communications with clinicians, healthcare administrators, community agencies and other professionals.
A key component of this position is the ability and responsibility of 24/7 on call for both inpatient and outpatient. In this role the VAD Coordinator is working closely with OHSU medical teams, VAD vendors and outside facilities to maximize the medical management of patients in the VAD Program.
As an administrator, the VAD Coordinator is responsible for overseeing internal and external staff education and competencies as well as the management and maintenance of all VAD related equipment and supplies. The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations.
The Clinical RNs care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, practitioner, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RNs engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical Nurse exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.
External applicants- Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
Communication skills including fluency in oral and written English
Basic computer skills including the ability to send/receive email, navigate information technology associated with the position, and use Electronic Health Record information and tools
Current unencumbered Oregon RN license
Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association or the Military Training Network
Minimum of 5 years cardiac clinical experience with an understanding of the care of adult cardiology and cardiothoracic critical care patients or minimum 3 years current experience including 2 years working with VADs or equivalent experience
Must possess the intellectual capacity to independently address a variety of patient care needs
Requires the ability to consistently exercise discretion and multifaceted critical thinking decision making - usually without the resources of a supervisor or manager
Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must be experienced in Microsoft Office to include Power Point, Excel, and Access
Ability to work a minimum of eight hours per day and longer, according to case requirements
The appointee is available whenever cardiac mechanical device/VAD/CT surgery needs arise
Ability to take call, as scheduled for periods of greater than 24 hours
Ability to work in stressful, fast-paced work environment
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and r...esearch. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm