ECMO Specialist PRN

Nursing ServicesMedical Intensive Care Unit Dalton, Georgia


Hamilton Health Care System, Inc.

Job Description and Performance Standards


Title: Registered Nurse –ECMO Certified

Department:  Critical Care/Intensive Care, Medical and Surgical

Reports To:  Clinical Manager/Director

Shift:  Varies

Status: PRN



The ECMO Specialist is a specially trained respiratory therapist, nurse, Perfusionist, or advanced practice provider will the skill set to manage and troubleshoot the ECMO pump and patient interface.



Education:  Must meet at least one of the following:

  • Completion of a course of study which makes the candidate eligible for certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. BLS Certified.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care. BLS Certified.
  • Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing. BLS Certified.
  • Advanced Practice Provider. BLS Certified


Preferred:   Must meet at least one of the following:

  • Certified Clinical Perfusionist by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion with 3-5 years’ experience.
  • Licensed RRT with 3 years’ critical care experience preferred
  • Licensed RN with 3 years’ critical care experience preferred
  • Advanced Practice Provider with 3 years’ experience preferred
  • ACLS
  • BLS

LicensureGeorgia Licensed RRT, RN, APP, or Certified Clinical Perfusionist by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion with current Georgia License.  ACLS and BLS required within 30 days of hire.

Experience:  ECMO experience preferred.

Skills:  ECMO in Adult patient population



Required to stand, bend, squat, climb, reach above head, crawl, and sit; lift and carry equipment.  Included is the ability to manipulate 21-50 lbs. 20-30 times per shift; able to lift and carry 21-50 pounds unassisted.  The ability to stand and walk 80% of the time during shift duty.  Physical demands include the ability to visualize changes in patient condition, including parameters for measuring patient outcomes such as level of consciousness and skin color and hearing changes in patient assessment i.e., breath sounds, heart sounds, bowel sounds, vital signs, and ability to distinguish abnormal odors. Also required is the ability to hear and comprehend patient requests including rapid response to emergency signals and emergency situations i.e., patient falls and cardiopulmonary arrest.  Requires manual dexterity to write, grasp, push/pull, perform fine manipulation skills, speak English, and ability to use foot and/or hand operated equipment.  Pressures of the job are high 90% of the time due to volume of work, distractions, deadlines, and exact nature of patient care.  Must be able to control emotions, temper, etc.  Mental and visual concentration is at a high level in order to perform drug calculations, record keeping and documentation.  Necessitates coordination of mind and eye for performance on work tasks.  Must apply critical thinking skills continuously.  Is oriented with reality and can remember and recall.