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Children's National Health System - APHERESIS NURSE


Location: Washington, District of Columbia - United States
Posted: 1/19/2019

Job Description:

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

Our Center for Cancer Blood Disorders division is seeking experienced Apheresis RNs for an Apheresis Nurse opportunity.

Our Apheresis Program has earned FACT accreditation. As such, our patients can rest assured that we are committed to quality patient care. We offer the largest, most comprehensive blood disorders (hematology) team in the Washington, DC area. We are home to some of the world’s leading hematology experts, which helps us deliver advanced care for rare conditions, such as histiocytic disorders. Or program highlights comprehensive care, safety, innovative treatments, expertise, and seamless care.

Responsibilities of an Apheresis RN include performing procedures such as Red Cell Exchanges, Therapeutic Plasma Exchange, Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell collections, Extracorporeal Photopheresis, Granulocyte Collections, and all procedures related to treatment through Transfusion Medicine. Additional opportunities include participating in internal/external committees and professional organizations, and participating in the performance improvement process with the Apheresis team. At least two (2) years of Hematology/Oncology /BMT, critical care, or Blood Bank experience preferred. Ideal candidates will have Critical Care, Emergency Room, and Dialysis experience.

All Nursing practice is based on the legal scope of practice, national and specialty nursing standards, Children's National Policies and Procedures, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The professional model of care requires registered professional nurses to be responsible and accountable for their own practice. Children's National support the development of RN relationships with the community; specifically those relationships associated with the health and well-being of the community at large.

A RN is an independent practitioner who functions as an identified resource to staff in a patient care area. He/She will provide comprehensive patient care to a variety of patients. Incorporate all members of the health care team in the planning and delivery of patient care. Will deal successfully with complex clinical problems. Conduct quick assessment of patients and handle emergency situations appropriately . Demonstrate evidence based practice through participation in unit project and activities.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Graduated from an approved school of nursing. (Preferred)
Minimum Work Experience
2 years
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Hematology/Oncology/BMT , critical care or Blood Bank experience preferred (Required)
Functional Accountabilities
Aheresis Management
1. Independently and safely perform the following procedures Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP),hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC),
2. apheresis, white cell reduction, Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE), granulocyte collection and all procedures related to treatment through transfusion medicine.
4. Be aware of risk factors and make clear decisions based on risk.
5. Communicate clearly with patients and families; Communicate to reflect development of plan of care and ability to advocate to meet patients' needs.
7. Independently manage care of patient with multiple types of central lines (broviacs, port-a-cath, PICC lines, vortex ports etc) and peripheral intravenous lines
8. Contribute to Magnet re-designation as evidenced by independent updating of professional profile and initiation of council involvement, committees, task forces and/or community outreach.
Internal Relations
1. Model proper use of the currently identified hand off processes.
2. Model a collegial and respectful relationship with healthcare team.
3. Participate to implement change and support management decisions.
4. Role model behavior that reflects empathy, concern and a desire to help others.
5. Independently initiate escalation of issues utilizing chain of command.
Structural Empowerment
1. Maintain regulatory requirements e.g. license, BLS, independently.
2. Plan for attendance at mandatory education and professional activities to enhance nursing practice.
3. Model professional review of peers through timely participation in evaluations.
4. Seek out opportunities to participate in enhancing departmental goals by ensuring adherence to national safety standards and service
5. excellence standards; support advancement of education and certification as well.
6. Collaborate with members of the healthcare team and role model professional behavior and teamwork with coworkers.
7. Utilize resources as needed and know when to escalate to next level.
Professional Practice
1. Utilize assessment data gathered from patient and family to ensure completion of data base and plan of care within identified timeframes.
2. Model clinical skills with complex patients that reflect analysis of patient status and appropriate interventions.
3. Role model skill in prioritization and organization for complex patient with rapidly changing needs.
4. Documentation exemplifies adherence to the highest standards of practice.
5. Anticipate and proactively plan for educational needs verified with patient and family throughout the hospital/outpatient stay and prior to discharge.
7. Role model organizational skills, adjust for changes and is able to complete assignment on time.
8. Model caring in all encounters with patient and family as evidenced by feedback from parents and an increase in patient satisfaction scores.
Program Improvement
1. Identify ways to improve operations through quality improvement and assist in implementation of solutions.
2. Identify self learning needs and take initiative to meet those needs.
3. Ensure care is based on evidence with the literature and benchmarking.
Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification 1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010
Job: Nursing
Organization: Cntr for Cancer_ Blood Dsordrs
Regular / Temporary: R (Regular)
Position Status: FT - Full-Time
Shift: Day
Work Schedule: 8-4:30

Additional Requirments / Information

Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
Related Industries:Other

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