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Ventricular Assist Device Program Coordinator, Heart Institute

Ventricular Assist Device Program Coordinator, Heart Institute

Website Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

The Heart Institute at Dell Children’s Hospital is seeking the support for a Mechanical Circulatory Support Specialist/Coordinator. The coordinator will be a member of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Team as well as integrated in the perfusion support services. This position will report to the Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and will collaborate with Heart Failure Physicians, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Heart Center leadership, and the rest of the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of ventricular assist device (VAD patients.



Perform as a clinical expert and educator within the scope of practice deemed by the medical center and Heart Institute. Function as a professional nurse and apply an extensive background of knowledge and experience with infants, children, adolescent and adult patients, displaying mature critical thinking skills. Meet patients’, clients’ and family needs through utilization of interdepartmental and intradepartmental resources.

Recognize routine or obvious changing patient situation (e.g., deterioration, crisis); in unusual care situations, seeks help when needed to identify patient problem. Assist with Admission/Discharge coordination. Participate in Transplant call coverage and day of transplant coordination.
See patients and families within the isolated environment of the unit. Attend daily rounds on Heart Failure and VAD in house patients; collaborate in the clinical coordination of inpatient and outpatient VAD care. Participate in transplant/heart failure conferences and meetings. Attend and participate in the VAD Outpatient Clinic. Provide overnight call for outpatient VAD patients. Participate in Transplant call coverage and day of transplant coordination. Help with evaluation of possible VAD candidates.

Collect clinical data; follow algorithms, decision trees, and protocols. Provide patient care including daily assessments and dressing changes. Document plan of care, care delivered, and patient and family outcomes. Act as a clinical resource to staff and other members of the health care team. Facilitate patient and family learning by providing structured education based on the plan of care goals and the needs of the patient and family.

Sustain a working understanding of regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Support leadership in efforts to meet and sustain the regulatory compliance efforts of the department and hospital including staff teaching and maintenance of VAD specific certifications. Monitor and complies with safety and departmental policies and procedures.

Follow standards and guidelines; implement clinical changes and research-based practices developed by others; Identify research opportunities to promote improved clinical practice for VAD patients. Work with Dell Children’s Hospital Health Transformation and Design Program to capture VAD specific quality metrics and report data to appropriate registries.

Facilitate learning by assisting with peer and student learning experiences. Work with department managers, nurse council and magnet representatives to identify, share, implement and evaluate safety best practices. Train nurses and other allied personnel regarding management of VAD patients.
Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a current license to practice in the State of Texas. At least 5 years of clinical experience. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Possess expert knowledge of the growth and development of pediatric patients and in the evaluation of deviations from the norm. Demonstrate an independent work initiative, sound judgment, problem-solving skill, leadership ability, diplomacy and a professional demeanor. Capable of utilizing research techniques in application to nursing practice and serving as a resource for educational opportunities in these areas. Possess motivation to promote continuing education, improved nursing practice and family-centered care. Strong organizational skills and decision making ability. Flexibility and creativity. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with management of heart failure patients and patients with VADs.


Salary Range

$95,000 + depending on qualifications


Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Letter of interest

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