Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, is currently recruiting for an additional full-time Pediatric Perfusionist to join a welcoming and supportive team of four perfusionists. Children’s National has a thriving pediatric and adult congenital cardiac program, in which the Perfusion team supports the day-to-day function of the cardiac operating room for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) procedures along with supporting Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) needs of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant programs as well. Children’s National performs approximately 275-350 pump cases annually, in addition to providing coverage to approximately 120 non-cardiac cell salvage cases per year. The District of Columbia (DC) is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in America. DC and the surrounding areas are known for being a great place to work and live in.
The Clinical Perfusion Scientist will provide clinical, logistical and research support for the Cardiovascular Surgery programs. The Perfusion Scientist will operate cardiopulmonary perfusion equipment during any medical or surgical situation where it is necessary to support a patient's cardiorespiratory function; as well as operate cell saver equipment during surgical procedures and provide advanced technical services such as ventricular assist device and/or ECMO.
Candidates must have the ability to work as a team member and the capacity to work under stressful situations at times. This position is responsible for providing CPB and cell salvage, as well as other perfusion services including ECMO and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) support. ECMO and VAD experience is preferred but not required. 1 to 3 years of experience in pediatrics desired but not required; students with strong pediatric clinical experience will be considered. Must be ABCP board certified or obtain certification within the first year of employment. Participate in a shared call system.
Bachelor's Degree - Required
Master's Degree- Preferred
Minimum Work Experience
Certified Clinical Perfusionist by the American Board for Cardiovascular Perfusion -Required
1. Conduct extracorporeal circulation during bypass surgery and other procedures under the direction of a physician.
2. Maintain ongoing communication with surgeons, anesthesiologists and nursing personnel in order to select equipment/supplies and establish perfusion.
3. Record patient data, perfusion parameters, equipment and materials used and other required information in patient medical record in accordance with established documentation standards.
1. Assess a patient’s needs to determine the appropriate extracorporeal support.
2. Formulate a plan for the delivery of appropriate perfusion support; implement the delivery of perfusion support.
3. Monitor physiologic indicators to ensure a successful perfusion support outcome; Manipulate perfusion support to ensure optimum patient care.
4. Administer (on prescription or by standard accepted protocol), via the extracorporeal circuit, blood products, anesthetic agents or medications.
5. Assemble and operate cell saver systems during appropriate surgical procedures.
6. Operate the cardiopulmonary bypass pump and blood gas ISE analyzer.
1. Participate in the maintenance of the perfusion team stock of disposable supplies.
2. Utilize available resources to maintain the Perfusion Team’s equipment.
3. Bill patients for Perfusion Services, accurately
4. File case records and billing information, accurately.
1. Foster research through innovations; assisting the cardiac services with research development when it comes to staffing and support.
2. Participate in studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
3. Set up, calibrate, clean and perform routine maintainence on specialized laboratory equipment.
Responsibility Conduct of Research
1. Consistently demonstrate adherence with the standards for the responsible conduct of research.
2. Responsible for appropriate use of research funds.
3. Comply with all annual job-related training requirements.
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural/ ethnic differences
3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance