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Registered Nurse, Ventricular Device Coordinator

Emory Healthcare
Atlanta, GA
Closing date
Apr 4, 2024

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Heart. Soul. Expertise. That's what defines an Emory nurse. No matter where you are in your nursing career, when you chose this distinguished profession, you chose to change lives. We are proud to be the only health system in Georgia with four Magnet®-recognized hospitals: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.

Our nurses are integral members of inter-professional teams in hospitals and clinics that are committed to outstanding patient care. We're eager to share what we learn with hospitals around the country, and the world. We've got the backing, knowledge, experience and permission to lead the way in developing new and better approaches to preventing and treating disease, and our patients get treatments years before anyone else.



Participates in the clinical management of pre and post implant patients in collaboration with the APPs and physicians.
Coordinates the clinical evaluation of potential VAD candidates.
Coordinates discharge plans and verifies patient knowledge base prior to discharge.
Provides follow-up consultation for discharged patients and sees patients at clinic visits.
Educates nursing staff and patient/caregiver on patient care, maintaining VAD equipment, and safety measures.
Provides education and support to community health care professionals who may encounter VAD patients.
Serves as a clinical expert and leadership consultant to nursing, members of Emory Healthcare and to the larger community.
Ensures compliance with state, federal and organizational guidelines and other regulatory agencies.
Provides education and support to community health care professionals who may encounter VAD patients.
Acts as a consultant to referring community health care specialists and primary care providers.
Assures that all VAD patients have an identified PCP and that these MDs receive correspondence and educational material on their VAD patients.
Develops resource materials for referring physicians.
Develops strategies to improve communication between the VAD program and outside providers.
Manages VAD patient population to promote efficient, cost effective, quality care to both the patient and Emory Healthcare.
Develops policies and procedures for the delivery of care to the VAD population.
Ensures compliance with state, federal, organizational and other related regulatory agencies.
Works with the financial coordinator to provide information and assess insurance coverage for devices and post implant supplies/resources prior to device implant.
Provides input on financial strategies and operational planning issues related to the VAD population.
Educates patients, families and nursing staff regarding VAD evaluation process, clinical management of patients, discharge planning and ongoing education to promote health.
Provides education, including risks and benefits, to potential VAD candidates and post implant patients throughout inpatient and outpatient phases.
Assesses and analyzes clinical findings to result in optimum goal achievement for patients in a cost effective manner.
Collaborates with clinical pathway team and or appropriate leadership and implements procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Evaluates competency of clinical staff (inside and outside of the hospital), patients, family members, physicians, and community health resources related to the care of patients with VADs.
Responsible for the development of VAD patient and caregiver educational materials.
Coordinates discharge plan to transition patient to the outpatient setting.
Provides after-hours emergency call to patients and caregivers, to include nights, weekends and holidays, with oversight by the Advanced Practice Providers and physicians.
Attends continuing education activities to maintain knowledge of current trends and practices.
Documents appropriate information in patient¿s medical record.
Maintains a patient management system and collects and documents required regulatory and program specific data.
Acts as a consultant within Emory Healthcare and the VAD community. Identifies competency/learning needs and collaborated with department director, clinical coordinators and staff in designing orientation and on-going educational activities related to care of VAD patients.
Develops education materials and provides classes for nursing staff and VAD team members.
Performs other related duties as required.

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required.
Must have four years of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse including two years in cardiology or cardiac surgery.
Acute care experience (critical care/transplantation/VAD experience) preferred.
All nurses employed in roles requiring an unencumbered nursing license must have a valid, active license or temporary permit approved by the Georgia Licensing Board.
BLS and ACLS certifications required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
Additional Details:

Salary: $33.21-$60.43/hour The grade and salary of the position are based on specific criteria met within the qualifications as well as the specialty area, relevant experience, skills, performance and internal equity.

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