Advanced Practice Nurse/VAD Coordinator

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jun 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Department of Surgery: Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale. Among the Department's numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond. Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery: The Department of Surgery boasts one of the busiest and comprehensive cardiac and thoracic surgery programs in the nation. The Section of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery offers a wide range of surgical options for patients with challenging diseases. Among our greatest achievements, the section is one of a few in the world that offers a wide range of robotic approaches for heart conditions. The institution is also one of the only multiple organ transplant programs in the nation, successfully transplanting organs for people who need heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney-pancreas, or other multiple organ transplant combinations. Our section is also home to world-renown thoracic surgeons, who are leaders in the surgical treatment of minimally invasive surgery, lung cancer, transplantation and mesothelioma. In addition, our team of scientists are committed to improving our understanding of complex heart and lung diseases and uncovering new ways of tackling these conditions. Among our many focus areas, our researchers are interested in studying the cardiotoxic mechanisms of anticancer drugs and frailty in patients undergoing complex thoracic surgery. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort of the faculty and staff. We are always looking for individuals who are willing to work in our dynamic and collaborative environment toward the shared goal of improving the health of patients in our community and beyond.

Unit Job Summary: Advanced Practice Nurse/VAD Coordinator: Works as a part of a clinical program team through a collaborative practice agreement providing specialized clinical assessment, evaluation, tests, treatments, therapies, medical management and other direct care to Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) patients under the care of the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC).

Unit Education: Advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing required. Current advanced practice nurse (APN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required. Current advanced registered nurse (RN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required.

Unit Experience: Experience working with Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) preferred. Critical Care experience preferred. Two years of clinical experience in a related area of specialty preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills required. Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments required. Ability to interview and obtain medical information required. Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire required. Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license and DEA number required. Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCMC Medical Staff Office prior to start date required. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently required. Strong organizational skills required. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skill required. Proficiency in the use of computers preferred.