An OHSU VAD Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the comprehensive specialized care for advanced heart failure patients in both the inpatient and outpatient environment. These patients are candidates for advanced heart failure therapy using MCS/VAD support with the intent of one either bridge to transplant or destination therapy. In this position, the coordinator will collaborate in the development, implementation, and maintenance of all aspects of care for patients with a VAD in combination with physicians and other members of a multidisciplinary care team. In addition, the VAD Coordinator should demonstrate autonomy with respect to patient evaluation, optimal treatment and follow-up care. Through knowledge and experience the VAD Coordinator should have the skill set to coordinate and manage the patient care of this high-risk patient population throughout the continuum. Furthermore, this individual will ensure optimization of the patients clinical, functional, and psychosocial status. Ideal this person provides the communication link in developing patient care among the multidisciplinary team members including social work and the transplant team. Can organize and orchestrate INTERMACS and The Joint Commission Disease Specific VAD certification focusing on continually improving patient outcomes; assisting in the pre-authorizing process; facilitate participation in cardiovascular/cardiothoracic surgery-related clinical research trials. The VAD Coordinator can support professional knowledge and healthcare management through effective interactions and communications with clinicians, healthcare administrators, community agencies and other professionals.
A key component of this position is the ability and responsibility of 24/7 on call for both inpatient and outpatient. In this role the VAD Coordinator is working closely with OHSU medical teams, VAD vendors and outside facilities to maximize the medical management of patients in the VAD Program.
As an administrator, the VAD Coordinator is responsible for overseeing internal and external staff education and competencies as well as the management and maintenance of all VAD related equipment and supplies. The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations.
The Clinical RNs care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, practitioner, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RNs engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical Nurse exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.