CARDIAC TRANSPLANT/VAD COORDINATOR
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Under the direction of the Clinical Program Director of the advanced heart failure program and reporting to the Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Center, the Clinical Heart VAD/Transplant Coordinator assumes clinical responsibilities for both the ventricular assist device and cardiac transplant programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital. VAD related responsibilities include organizing and completing patient evaluations, following patients with VADs during implant hospitalization and during any subsequent hospitalizations, collaborating with other healthcare professionals throughout the continuum, performing clinical assessments and procedures within scope of license, making clinical judgments based upon a synthesis of current research, concepts, principles, theories, and outcomes to solve complex problems, acquiring and managing pertinent VAD patient data and tracking of devices and related support equipment. Cardiac transplant responsibilities include organizing and completing patient evaluations, managing the patient waitlist and coordinating the administrative and clinical aspects of cardiac transplantation. The clinical coordinator will serve as an integral member of a larger interdisciplinary team contributing to excellence in patient care, research and teaching. This role includes on call responsibility as determined by program need.
- 1. Collaborates with Heart Failure multidisciplinary team, providing VAD consultation in deciding optimal care decisions for this complex patient population.
- 2. In conjunction with the physician team, obtains informed consent for the evaluation of patients meeting eligibility for ventricular assist device or cardiac transplant.
- 3. Plan, direct, and perform activities related to implantation of ventricular devices; both FDA approved as well as investigational devices.
- 4. Serves as a resource to staff during the intra-operative phase of transplant or device implant.
- 5. Provides clinical consultation and VAD and/or transplant specific education to patients, families, multidisciplinary team members, hospital staff, and community based providers as needed.
- 6. Assists with device tracking and ordering and maintains working relationships with device vendors.
- 7. Coordinates all aspects of cardiac transplant including: patient evaluation, candidate listing with UNOS, changes of listing status, triaging of organ offers and the transplant operation.
- 8. Provides leadership skills such as time management, coordinating and meeting multiple patient and family needs and requests, meeting physician and team member expectations, setting priorities and networking.
- 9. Collaborates with care coordinator and other team members in coordinating discharge plans for patients post VAD implant or cardiac transplant.
- 10. Coordinates and manages outpatient care of the VAD patient.
- 11. Facilitates the access and utilization of community resources and organizations to assist in patient's recovery
- 12. Serves as the liaison and communication link between VAD patients and their families with the primary care providers, specialists, community organizations, patient care services including EMS, utility companies and volunteer programs.
- 13. Facilitates the readmission of the patient with a VAD
- 14. Communicates effectively to maintain positive working relationships and achieve desired outcomes
- 15. Must be highly organized and able to multi-task.
- 16. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- 17. Working knowledge of computer/applications to the related field
- 18. Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
- 19. Interface effectively with VAD and cardiac transplant teams.
- 20. On call responsibility as determined by program need.
Bachelors Degree in Nursing required. Masters Degree preferred.
At least three years of experience in cardiac transplant, cardiothoracic surgery, or with ventricular assist devices. Research experience a plus. A minimum of one year experience in an intensive care unit environment preferred.
CT State Nursing License
Excellent interpersonal and clinical organizational skills. Highly developed clinical, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
TRANSPLANT OR ICU EXPERIENCE PREFERRED
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