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White Plains Hospital LEAD PERFUSIONIST in White Plains, New York

Position Summary

The Lead Perfusionist functions as a clinical perfusionist responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the perfusion service including clinical duties, administrative duties, and supply management.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities Includes the Following:

  • Understands and adheres to the WPH Performance Standards, Policies and Behaviors.

  • Supervises perfusionists and perfusion assistants working in collaboration with the interprofessional team in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of patient care.

  • Facilitates and participates in interprofessional rounds, demonstrating effective communication, conflict resolution, teambuilding, and leadership skills.

  • Promotes, facilitates, and educates team members on new practice changes, regulatory requirements, and organizational practice changes in a timely manner.

  • Assists in monitoring staff performance, behaviors, and competencies.

  • Understands and monitors quality metrics to reinforce adherence of all infection control and patient safety precautions.

  • Collects and uses data to assess outcomes and collaborates with the health care team to implement strategies to improve care.

  • Assembles, primes, re-circulates, and tests the extracorporeal circuit prior to initiation of heart-lung bypass.

  • In consultation with the surgeon, modifies extracorporeal circuit and/or incorporates the use of special equipment to accommodate operative procedure to be performed.

  • Monitors and observes the operation of the heart-lung machine and makes adjustments as required based on patient’s physiologic parameters.

  • Obtains and runs blood samples during cardiac procedures.

  • Responsible for the administration of medications, blood components, and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit.

  • Performs advanced blood therapies including PRP, Platelet Gel, hemofiltration, and autotransfusion.

  • Maintains adequate record keeping during surgical procedures.

  • Disassembles and cleans the perfusion equipment following termination of the procedure.

  • Utilizes material resources and technology to increase efficiencies and control costs.

  • Ensures appropriate staffing levels to maintain fiscal responsibility and to meet patient care needs.

  • Participates in updating and upholding standards of practice.

  • Teaches, applies, and implements professional guidelines for practice, such as the AmSECT Practice Guidelines – Code of Ethics and State Board of Perfusion.

  • Assists other team members by providing direct patient care as needed.

  • Creates a vision aligned with organizational strategic goals to motivate and guide others.

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

    Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum eight (8) years of post-training clinical experience providing CPB for adult cardiac surgical procedures including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacements, and aortic aneurysm repairs.

  • Graduate of an accredited cardiovascular perfusion education program, required.

  • Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) as recognized by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP)

  • CPR certification or ability to obtain within three (3) months of hire

    Core Competencies

  • Clinical knowledge of the process for providing CPB for adult cardiac surgical procedures including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacements, and aortic aneurysm repairs

  • Clinical knowledge of the process for providing CPB for ventricular assist device implantation and cardiac procedures

  • Familiarity with techniques of IABP, intraoperative autotransfusion, and management of ECMO and LVAD/RVAD

  • Ability to provide identified technical skills to patients of all ages including neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric

  • Physical requirements include the ability to work long hours remaining alert and attentive to the duties at hand

  • Ability to effectively teach Perfusionists, families, and nursing staff

  • Demonstrated ability to provide constructive feedback and resolve conflicts

  • Ability to prioritize workload

  • Ability to deliver culturally congruent care and apply the concepts of patient and family centered care

  • Demonstrates an understanding of regulatory requirements and professional practice guidelines

  • Possesses a working knowledge of organizational policies and procedures

  • Exhibits competence in the performance of department specific skills to be a resource and mentor for others in the department

  • Demonstrates recent involvement in leadership activities

    Physical/Mental Demands/Requirements & Work Environment

  • May be exposed to chemicals necessary to perform required tasks. Any hazardous chemicals the employee may be exposed to are listed in the hospital’s SDS (Safety Data Sheet) data base and may be accessed through the hospital’s Intranet site (Employee Tools/SDS Access). A copy of the SDS data base can also be found at the hospital switchboard, saved on a disc.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds maximum with assistance/equipment.

  • Frequent lifting/and or carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

    Primary Population Served

    Check appropriate box(s) below:

    ? Neonatal (birth – 28 days)

    ? Patients with exceptional communication needs

    ? Infant (29 days – less than 1 year)

    ? Patients with developmental delays

    ? Pediatric (1 – 12 years)

    ? Patients at end of life

    ? Adolescent (13 – 17 years)

    ? Patients under isolation precautions

    ? Adult (18 – 64 years)

    ? Patients with cultural needs

    ? Geriatric (> 65 years)

    ? All populations

    ? Bariatric Patients with weight related comorbidities

    ? Non-patient care population

    The responsibilities and tasks outlined in this job description are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of White Plains Hospital.