Professional Practice Specialist (RN) - Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Washington, District of Columbia
Dec 27, 2017
Jan 26, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is a 26-bed unit. This unit provides for
comprehensive cardiac care to pediatric patients and their families. The CICU
Patient Care Management Team coordinates interdisciplinary patient assessment
and patient care and provided by cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and pediatric
intensivists and nursing in conjunction with multiple specialty services within
the Medical Center. Patients are admitted to the CICU from the ED, Cardiac
Clinic, the Operating Room, and transfers from in-house units as well as
transports from other institutions via the Pediatric Transport team. The CICU
also provides for extracorporeal life support (ECMO) and rapid deployment ECMO.

to twenty-five percent of the intensive care patients are cardiovascular
surgery or cardiac patients. Children requiring repair of congenital heart
defects from the simple to the complex, including heart transplants receive
care in the CICU.

All nursing practice is based on the legal scope of practice, national and specialty nursing standards, CNMC Policies and Procedures, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Professional Model of Care requires registered professional nurses to be responsible and accountable for their own practice. CNMC supports the development of RN relationships within the community; specifically those relationships associated with the health and well being of the community at large. In collaboration with the department’s Nurse Managers acts in a staff role to support optimal service outcomes by providing for the development of professional staff and other direct care givers in a defined service specialty. As member of the department's leadership team, participates in and is accountable for the continuous assessment of service needs, strategic planning, process design and goal attainment. The PPS also functions on the interdepartmental level and acts on behalf of CNMC as a resource to other health care institutions.
Minimum Education

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Masters degree preferred

Minimum Work Experience
5 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 5 years of nursing experience with two (2) in area of specialty.

Functional Accountabilities

Professional Practice

  • Participate/support Shared Leadership.
  • Contribute to CNMCs Magnet Journey.
  • Ensure that nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice.
  • Accountable for participating in the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level).
  • Participate in community activities.
  • Education

  • Provide for the continuous assessment of assigned staff educational needs.
  • Develop educational plans that meet organizational and departmental goals.
  • Coordinate service/unit/individual orientation.
  • Provide basic orientation in specialty area as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and provide continuing education for clinical staff.
  • Assess and assure the competency of assigned staff in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Facilitate CNMC sponsored lectures and conferences.
  • Use teaching methods that facilitate the education process for adult learners.
  • Clinical

  • Demonstrate and maintain clinical expertise in area of specialty by periodically providing direct patient care.
  • Facilitate problem solving of clinical care issues by working with staff through individual consultation and facilitation of patient care rounds and conferences.
  • Maintain knowledge of individual patient care needs and identify and communicate complex care requirements to the care team.
  • Participate in clinical pathway development.
  • Accountable for establishing, implementing, communicating and evaluating interdisciplinary plan of care with outcomes.
  • Quality/Research

  • Ensure that nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice.
  • Accountable for supporting the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level).
  • Assess and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Direct and guide clinical quality improvement efforts for the service.
  • Facilitate staff learning the concepts and theories of quality improvement and their participation in the quality improvement process.
  • Participate in the creation of new knowledge in the specialty area.
  • Facilitate research into practice.
  • Consultant

  • Conduct programs relative to area of specialty for other departments as necessary.
  • Is recognized and called upon as an expert resource to support patient care at CNMC.
  • Provide expertise in support of organizational initiatives.
  • Act as a resource to affiliated organizations on behalf of CNMC.
  • Safety

  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance
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