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Clinical Education Specialist - ECMO, PT; 30 hrs/week, Variable (7157)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha Omaha, NE

Job Description


Just like the children we serve, Children's os growing quickly and hiring a Clinical Education Specialist who promotes excellence in pediatric patient care by advancing the quality and scope of ECMO practice through evaluation of clinical care, consultation, education, collaboration, leadership, research, and advocating for change as needed. This position coordinates the integration of performance improvement and education for the assigned division.



Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time



  1. Serves as a clinical expert/resource in advancing the current clinical practice in promoting quality ECMO care.
  • Serves as a content expert with interdisciplinary team member(s) in the assessment, development, implementation, and/or evaluation of the age-specific individualized patient/family plan of care and documented actions. (Individualized refers to the patient’s developmental, cognitive, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual, and education/family influences and physical/medical care               needs. Plan of care includes current and anticipated actions focused on care education, and/or discharge needs).
  • Utilizes a systematic approach to analyze complex clinical data and information to provide comprehensive appropriate resources i.e., literature review, benchmarks, policies/procedures, clinical practice guidelines (CPG's), etc.) for clinical problem solving.
  • Conducts daily/weekly clinical rounds to achieve consistent delivery of patient care standards and advance staff skills in order to meet the patient/family’s needs.
  • Collaborates with the department leaders (director, managers, and supervisors) and ECMO Specialists to gain real time knowledge of immediate clinical care needs for patients and staff education needs. 
  • Develops an innovative, effective action plan to meet patient care standards for the assigned area.
  • Communicates variation in current standards of care/practice and applicable action plan to the ECMO manager in a timely manner.
  • Leads performance improvement activities and implements changes based on best practice. 
  • Prioritizes program needs based on quality indicators


  1.  Serves as an educational expert in developing, implementing, and evaluating patient/family/staff education.
  • Oversees/assumes responsibility for the orientation of new employees to the unit.
    • Creates an orientation program for each role in the division.
    • Develops, implements, and evaluates general ECMO skills classes for all employees.
    • Collaborates with ECMO Manager, Chief Perfusionist and ECMO medical director to counsel/coach new employees during orientation to assist the orientee’s progress towards gaining competency in unit standards/skills.    
  • Coordinates the mentorship/preceptor program within assigned area to ensure consistent standards in teaching and the promotion of quality professional patient care.
    • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the formal preceptor education program in collaboration with other ICU division educators/CNS’s to evaluate processes through use of literature reviews, benchmark data, and outside resources.
  • Collaborates with PCMS/ Clinical Supervisors and preceptor to select appropriate assignments and learning experiences for new staff.
    • Fosters the use of adult learning and critical thinking principles with preceptors by providing ideas, skill stations, different teaching styles, and related activities to help the preceptor be a more effective teacher.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with appropriate resources (i.e. ECMO leadership team, perfusionists, medical director, educators, content experts, organizational development) to analyze needs in order to lead the development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of comprehensive continuing education programs (i.e. orientation skills checklists, self-studies, education videos, education supplies, and orientation manual) based on annual needs assessment, staff request, division direction, new equipment/care practices, variance trends, and patient/parent and other customers’ satisfaction.
    • Educational activities reflect identified needs of the target audience and/or organizational priorities related to surgical ECMO practice.
    • Independently designs and documents for each educational activity a needs assessment, description of target audience, educational objectives, content outline, teaching methods (Cornerstone, self-study, presentation, real-time), evaluation strategies, and designation of appropriate resources (i.e. room arrangements, AV equipment, handouts, other teaching aids).
    • Independently creates programs that incorporate adult learning strategies, ethical principles, critical thinking skills, professional growth, open communication, and collaborative relationships.
    • Quality of information developed is professional with regards to organization of information, clarity of instruction, attention to details, and presentation style.
  • Identifies staff’s individual talent in order to assist in their personal and professional development by:
    • Sharing ideas, experiences, and successful behavior patterns.
  • Establishing a relationship with the staff as a resource.
  • Providing a supportive framework to guide career development.


3.   Provides leadership in the comprehensive development/ revision of clinical systems in order to support patient care within assigned area.

  • Serves as a content expert in incorporating clinical practice into assigned division/organizational systems under development/review.
  • Proactively anticipates the need for educational activities that correlate with the assigned division/organizational priorities related to ECMO practice.


4.  Coordinates and supports research/publication activities related to ECMO practice or division/organization objectives.

  • Strengthens the link between research and clinical practice by facilitating others understanding while promoting utilization of the research process to improve patient outcomes and enhance the environment of care.  This may include assisting others to interpret and conduct research. 
  • Critically evaluates existing clinical practice utilizing current or new research, and leads the integration of change into related unit/hospital policies/procedures and/or CPG's/ND's and actual practice.
  • Leads or participates in identifying research topics and related projects. 
  • Identifies opportunities to acknowledge unit/organization for ECMO best practices as seen through support of publication, i.e. assist others in article development, author/co-author articles.
  • Updates and utilizes ELSO and Pedecor databases.


Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.


Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section



  1. Performs other duties assigned.
  • Accepts assignment on unit to provide direct patient care as an ECMO Specialists. 
  • Professionally supports the unit as seen through interactions with patients, families, staff, colleagues, others.



  • Strong pediatric ECMO knowledge and background
  • Advanced knowledge and proficiency in applying the ECMO process, ECMO skills, and ECMO research into patient care, teaching, and systems
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to include the use of computer technology in program presentations and/or data analysis
  • Ability to be self-directed, with minimum supervision, and detail oriented
  • Must be able to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature, without loss of efficiency or composure, and be able to perform under stressful conditions when confronted with multiple requests, demonstrating prioritization skills


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, perfusion or respiratory therapy field required
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in ECMO, perfusion, or related field required



  • Current and valid license of practice in the state of Nebraska/Compact State required
  • Current and valid BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification required
  • Current and valid PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) preferred



  • Trained as an ECMO Specialist

Job Details

Date Posted November 16, 2018
Date Closes February 14, 2019
Requisition 918602-13120
Address 8200 Dodge Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At Hospital
Department ECMO
Job Type Part-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, Based on Experience
Hours 30 hours per week
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
Zipcode 68114

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Homeowners and Auto
  • Group Legal
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Cafeteria / Food
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Credit Union
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Parking
  • Health Fair
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • Workout Facilities
  • Achievement Awards
  • Bonus Plan
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Presentation Software
  • Problem Resolution
  • Strong Time Management
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Nursing
  • Pediatric Care

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