respiratory Clinical Educator/ECMO Coordinator / 40 Hours / Day / BWH - Adult respiratory Care

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA

Clinical Educator: Under the direction of the Pulmonary Services Director the Clinical Educator is responsible for the development and implementation of core curricula for both Adult Respiratory Care Practitioners. The Clinical Educator provides Respiratory Care Educational support for Respiratory, Nursing and Physician Staff.

ECMO Coordinator: Responsible for all aspects of the adult ECMO program as they relate to the Adult Respiratory Therapy Department. This include, but is not limited to, ECMO clinical standards, orientation and education.


1.Collaborates with Director in creating, developing, and implementing educational and research programs as they relate to new respiratory technologies.

2.Assures Adult staff skills competence in maintaining current clinical practice.

3.Develops, coordinates and provides comprehensive in-service education for all Respiratory Care staff.

4.Collaborates with Nursing and Physician Educators regarding Respiratory Care related education.

5.Assists with policy and procedure development related to new clinical initiatives/therapies and/or revisions to current policies and procedures.

6.Ensures that annual clinical staff competencies are completed in a timely manner, annually and during orientation.

7.Assists in orientation of new employees

8.Assists in instruction of nurse educators, nurses, physicians and other hospital personnel in Respiratory Care procedures as needed.

9.Assists in the education of respiratory therapy students

10.Assists in Adult BLS and ACLS instruction and shares that knowledge with clinical staff.

11.Reviews current literature/resources to support new practices.

12.Assists Director in monitoring and ensuring department compliance with accreditation standards

13.Performs all duties of Staff Adult Respiratory Therapist and ECMO Specialist as necessary

14.Responsible for: All Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and specified aspects of the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) program including orientation and education.

15.Demonstrate skill in all aspects of direct care of ECMO patients including priming of the ECMO circuit.

16.Actively supports organizational change initiatives. Collaborates with ECMO Medical Director and Director of Pulmonary Services to plan, implement, evaluate and facilitate the team process.

17.Participates in the management of people and resources:

* Hires, evaluates, and provides leadership to the ECMO specialists while they are performing in the ECMO specialist role.

* Prepares the schedule for the ECMO specialists. May be required to work as an ECMO specialist when shifts are not filled.

* Provides educational classes for bedside caregivers.

* Provides clinical competency skill training for ECMO specialists. Skill lab and recertification conducted on a regular basis.

18.Drives CQI process:

19.Assists in collection and review of clinical data to evaluate the ECMO program, including data sharing with other institutions.

20.Responsible for patient and problem review in mortality and morbidity meetings.

21.Develops and maintains ECMO clinical standards of care, protocols, policies and procedures, and training manuals.

22.Maintains ELSO registry

23.Provides a timely communication link between staff and leadership and vice versa; maintains ongoing communication with the Medical Director of the ECMO program and the Director of Pulmonary Services regarding the administration of the ECMO program. Works with all members of the multidisciplinary ECMO team in carrying out the responsibilities of the ECMO program.

24.Serves as a resource person for patients and families, and coordinates other resources to augment the care of the patient and family. Arranges parent conferences with Medical Director of the ECMO program. Develops parent teaching materials.

1.Graduate of an approved School of Respiratory Care. Baccalaureate Degree preferred. Extensive clinical experience may be considered in lieu of baccalaureate degree. Master's in a relevant field preferred.

2.RRT designation by NBRC

3.Current license by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

4.Minimum three years ECMO Specialist experience which includes priming and circuit assembly

5.Minimum five years' clinical experience in Respiratory Care


1.Must possess excellent interpersonal skills to interact with physicians, other hospital personnel and Respiratory Care staff

2.Must be able to review technical material and present it in a manner that is easily understood by all levels of clinical staff

3.Must be able to work independently within boundaries of job description

4.Must possess good technical aptitude to understand and operate highly complex medical equipment

5.Must possess organizational skills


1.Works in patient care area

2.Works in office and other hospital areas

3.Is exposed to same conditions as staff therapist when in patient care area

4.Works flexible hours, shifts and days, as needed.