- 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
- 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.