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Mechanical Circulatory Support Coordinator Job

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Type Full time Posted 4/22/2014
Salary - n/a - Starts 8/29/2014
WA - Washington (All) - Bellingham Referral - n/a -    

Mechanical Circulatory Support Coordinator Job

Date:Aug 18, 2014

Location:Bellingham, WA, US


Req ID:21281

At PeaceHealth, we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way. The fulfillment of this Mission is our shared purpose. It drives all that we are and all that we do. To those who embrace the spirit of these words and our commitment to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care, we offer the opportunity to learn and grow as a member of the PeaceHealth family.

Department:Cardiovascular Admin (7120)



To oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of all aspects of care for patients with a mechanical circulator device in collaboration with the CT Surgery Medical Director; to coordinate and manage the patient care of this high-risk patient population throughout the continuum to optimize the patient's clinical, functional, and psychosocial status; to provide the communication link for coordination of care among the multidisciplinary health care team involved with this patient type,  to work with the CT Surgery Medical Director in orchestrating a performance improvement program that focuses on continually improving the outcomes of these patients; to provide leadership and mentorship to the MCS Practitioners and Patient Care Departments through application of advanced clinical and experiential skills.


1.  Manages the care of the high-risk mechanical circulatory support (MCS) patient population across the continuum (acute care inpatient, within the home, physician office, clinic and extended care facilities) in collaboration with CT Surgeons, Heart Failure Cardiologists, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.  This involves advanced assessment, planning and coordination of care, modification of the treatment plan as indicated, and the monitoring and evaluation of outcomes.

2.  Provides clinical consultation and education related to the management and care of the complex cardiac surgical patient and MCS devices for staff, physicians as well as other disciplines who may have contract or care responsibilities for this population.

3.  In collaboration with the Director, oversees performance improvement activities associated with MCS patients to improve patient outcomes.

4.  Develops a therapeutic relationship with the MCS patient and family and maximizes the patient's participation and control in their own recovery.  Facilitates the access and utilization of community resources and organizations to assist in patient's recovery.

5.  Oversees and provides education to acute care staff (ED, OR, ICU, Peri-Operative Services and Patient Care Units, etc)

6.  Teaches and provides reinforcement for MCS patients and their families on how to care for themselves and provide feedback on their progress.

7.  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

8.  Serves as the liaison and communication link between MCS patients and their families with the primary care providers, specialists, community organizations, patient care services, and volunteer programs.

9.  Performs other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) and/or Health Sciences preferred.


  • Five years of professional clinical experience in critical care required,  Cardiac Perfusion experience strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience caring for MCS patients required.
  • Minimum of one year of experience as a MCS Coordinator preferred.


  • WA State Registered Nurse (RN) or Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) or Physician Assistant license required.
  • American Heart Association ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support) certification required at date of hire.
  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) certification required at date of hire.


  • Must have knowledge of various MCS models, IABP infusion pumps, cardiac monitors, and temporary pacemakers.
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office applications.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as analytic and mathematical skills.
  • Strong customer service skills with emphasis on follow through with customer requests/needs.

Location:  Bellingham, WA 
Job Category:  NP, PA, CNM, CRNA; Nursing - RN Patient Care; Professionals - Clinical
Shift:  Day
Shift Length:8 Hours
Work Type:  Full Time
Salary range starts at:$40.95
Required Certifications/Licensure:Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Basic Life Support; Registered Nurse - Washington 

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed within this job class. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Posting Notes: Bellingham, WA || NP, PA, CNM, CRNA; Nursing - RN Patient Care; Professionals - Clinical || Full Time || HOSPITAL ADMIN 

Nearest Major Market:Bellingham
Nearest Secondary Market:Everett
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