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Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

This recruitment offers a $10,000 sign-on boonus to eligible new employees joining UW Medicine. Relocation assistance available.#UWMRecruitmentIncentive

A higher degree of healthcare.

All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.

Join our award-winning team at UW Medical Center - Montlake. Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020 "America's Best Hospitals", UW Medical Center - Montlake prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UW Medical Center - Montlake has again earned U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 hospital ranking in Washington State and in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is the seventh consecutive year that UW Medical Center - Montlake has achieved both distinctions.

Excellence. Exploration. Education. Become part of our team, and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community.

UW Medical Center - Montlake has an outstanding opportunity for a Registered Nurse/VAD Coordinator to join our Heart Transplant team. VAD Coordinators are specialized nurses, who practice both in the inpatient and outpatient care setting that facilitate the care and education of Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) patients and their families from initial contact, during the evaluation process and the perioperative period, ensuring continuity of care across the advanced heart failure VAD/heart transplant continuum.

VAD Coordinators also perform patient and caregiver education, provide educational/ outreach programs regarding VAD therapy to health care providers, patient groups, community organizations, and others in the UW Medicine service area. The VAD Coordinator is an integral member of the larger interdisciplinary team contributing to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and in providing leadership to the organization.


  • Full-time, Day shift.
  • Position requires VAD Coordinator to be on-call to provide MCS program coverage.

    Clinical/Care Coordination:
  • Participate in the evaluation process of patients who are being worked-up for VAD/heart transplant to assess their candidacy.
  • Appropriately coordinates testing required to complete the work-up prior to implant.
  • Performs assessment of patients with VADs to establish, implement and evaluate individualized plan of care.
  • Provides timely and appropriate clinical advice and interventions through direct patient contact as well as telephone contact.
  • Arranges all appropriate medical therapy and testing under the guidance of physicians and advance practice providers.
  • Reviews and evaluates lab results and notifies the physician or advance practice provider of abnormalities.
  • Appropriately documents findings and interventions in the patient's medical record and transplant database.
  • Attends VAD Clinic.
  • Participate in discharge process including assessment of readiness for discharge.
  • Ensure the patient's home environment is safe and secure; provide documentation to providers, EMS department, local hospital and electric company at discharge.
  • Ensure that the patient is able to receive VAD dressing supplies to appropriately care for their VAD driveline exit site.
  • Participates in the VAD implantation process.
  • Manages VAD equipment and accurate tracks VAD inventory.

  • Takes the opportunity with every contact to educate patients and caregivers about their VAD, medications, signs and symptoms of infection and other device complications.
  • Provide pre and post VAD teaching to the patient and their caregivers and document in the medical record.
  • Coordinates and develops professional education programs/seminars regarding VAD patients for the physicians, staff, and medical specialty units caring for UW VAD patients.

  • Provide pre and post VAD teaching to the patient and their caregivers and documents in the electronic medical record.
  • Coordinates clinical research protocols and serves as primary coordinator for INTERMACS, the national database for Mechanical Circulatory Support.
  • Maintains all case report forms, patient research records and complies with all Institutional Review Board (IRB), study sponsor, and Food and Drug (FDA) requirements in order to conduct clinical research.
  • Documents patient specific data for tracking in the transplant database.

    Program Maintenance:
  • Functions as a liaison for the VAD Program in interaction with numerous internal and external organizations and staff (These include but are not limited to, referring physicians, case managers, other transplant center personnel, community and government agencies).
  • Assists the organization in achieving and maintaining Joint Commission certification as a VAD center for destination therapy.

  • Participates in the VAD Program Quality Improvement Process.
  • Plays a significant role in developing, reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of policies and procedures within the program.

  • Track patient-assigned VAD equipment in the UW database ordering system at the time of implantation and throughout the care continuum.
  • Manage the process of any returned or damaged equipment that needs to be reordered or re-furbished.
  • Maintain close working relationship with Biomedical Engineering.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers issued by the American Heart Association required.
  • Clinical experience in a cardiovascular ICU, intermediate ICU, cardiology, or cardiac surgery setting preferred.
  • Three years of overall RN experience preferred.
  • Position requires VAD Coordinator to be on-call to provide MCS program coverage.

    Washington State Registered Nurse (RN) license required.

    One year VAD experience preferred.

    As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or VACCINATION REQUIREMENTGovernor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , REGISTERED NURSE / VAD COORDINATOR, HEART TRANSPLANT - $10,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!, Healthcare , Seattle, Washington

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