Versiti

Registered Nurse- Therapeutic Apheresis

Job Locations US-WI-Milwaukee
ID
2024-10229
Category
Nursing
Position Type
Full Time

Overview

Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious. We are home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, we enable life saving gifts from our donors, and provide the science behind the medicine through our diagnostic laboratories. Versiti brings together outstanding minds with unparalleled experience in transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, oncology and genomics, diagnostic lab services, and medical and scientific expertise. This combination of skill and knowledge results in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for hospitals, blood centers, hospital systems, research and educational institutions, and other health care providers. At Versiti, we are passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping our healthcare partners thrive.

Position Summary

Perform Therapeutic Apheresis procedures for patients in surrounding hospitals and/or perform Cellular Therapy product collections for patients/donors in surrounding hospitals and state headquarters.

(**Training provided on Apheresis Procedures**)

Responsibilities

  • Performs scheduled, unscheduled, and emergent Therapeutic Apheresis procedures, which may include Therapeutic Plasma Exchange, Red Blood Cell Exchange, White Blood Cell Depletion, Platelet Depletion, Extracorporeal Photopheresis, and LDL Apheresis per SOPs and manufacturer Operator Manuals *
  • Performs Autologous and Allogeneic (related and unrelated) Cellular Therapy product collections, which may include Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells (HPC) and Mononuclear Cell (MNC) product collections, according to SOPs, manufacturer Operator Manuals, cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices), cGTP (current Good Tissue Practice), and all applicable standards per accreditation agencies*
  • Performs Granulocyte product collections according to SOPs, manufacturer Operator Manuals, cGMP, cGTP, and all applicable standards per accreditation agencies*
  • Perform apheresis procedures and cell therapy collections related to research studies, as applicable*
  • Performs Filgrastim injections for NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program) HPC donors
  • Appropriately documents all patient/donor related activities in patient/donor medical record, which may include hospital based Computerized Patient Record
  • Assists with departmental projects, which may include research, data collection, and quality projects, as assigned
  • Provides mentorship for newer staff
  • Assists with training newer staff
  • Contributes to a team environment, which may include (but is not limited to) Versiti Physicians, Department Management, Nurses, support staff, and/or Quality Specialists, in order to provide a safe and positive patient/donor experience
  • Supports and demonstrates Versiti mission, vision, and values, as well as department goals
  • Understands how applicable laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures impact specific job responsibilities and functions and performs assigned job functions in accordance with them to include those set forth by the FDA, HIPAA, AABB (American Association of Blood Banks), ASFA (American Society for Apheresis), FACT (Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy), and hospital standards/requirements.
  • Supports and demonstrates a customer service commitment to internal and external customers through adherence to Versiti customer service standards and processes.
  • Maintains competence through attendance at mandatory and other job-related educational opportunities
  • Participates in Quality Assurance activities
  • Contributes to Continuous Improvement initiatives
  • Reviews Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as needed
  • Performs procedural data collection, as needed
  • Additional duties, as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards

Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree, Associate degree, or RN Diploma in Nursing required
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred

Experience

  • 4-6 years RN experience required
  • 4-6 years full time apheresis experience or five years part time apheresis experience required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and rapport-building skills including the ability to listen actively and respond with empathy, tact, and sensitivity
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with others in challenging and stressful situations as well as conflict resolution skills
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks at one time while maintaining attention to detail
  • Flexibility and dedication for handling a demanding, irregular schedule and stressful situations
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Effective problem solving and decision-making skills which demonstrate good judgment
  • Commitment to providing an exceptional patient/donor experience
  • ability to apply the basic concepts of nursing, such as pathophysiology, hemo-dynamics, fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Effective communication skills, either in person or via phone, text, and email

Licenses and Certifications

  • Valid Registered Nursing license required per designated state required
  • BLS Certification required
  • Valid Driver’s License required for designated State and access to a vehicle required
  • Certification in Qualification in Apheresis (QIA) preferred
  • American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) membership preferred

Tools and Technology

  • Spectra Optia® Apheresis System required
  • Therakos® Cellex® Photopheresis System, as applicable required
  • Liposorber® LA-15 System, as applicable required
  • Accessory equipment (IV pumps, blood warmers, non – invasive blood pressure monitor) required
  • Personal Computer/Laptop and/or tablets required
  • Smartphone required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software required
  • Knowledge and/or experience with hospital based Computerized Patient Record systems (Cerner, EPIC, etc.) preferred preferred

 

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