ECLS Specialist (PRN)

UnityPoint Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Othr Resp Care/Lung Bypass
Scheduled Hours/Shift
PRN- includes Out of House On call to fulfill scheduling Needs
Work Type (Portal Searching)
As Needed



Successfully functions as an Extracorporeal Life Support Specialist as defined by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), and hospital Policy and Procedures. Provides care for Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Patients under the direction of the Medical Director, ECLS.  


Successful performance contributes to a holistic approach to the delivery of services, quality patient/family care and a high level of satisfaction from patients and families.



Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the pos 

% of Time


Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

  • Promptly completes documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient’s care.
  • Audits patient records to ensure accuracy of patient care documentation and associated billing.

·         Utilizes critical thinking in making independent judgment, and maintains responsibility and accountability for the knowledge of conditions of assigned patients.

·         Utilizes a holistic approach (considering psychosocial, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.

·         Delegates and provides direction for other healthcare providers and holding them accountable for their involvement in the plan of care.

·         Consistently delivers high quality care while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills in accordance with established policies and procedures and standards of care.

·         Collects data from record review to ensure that standardized care is being provided consistently to improve patient outcomes, regulatory compliance and satisfaction.

  • This position may be assigned a specific mission to address in an emergency situation to assist in disaster response and recovery as part of the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System.  Situations of a critical nature may require an individual to perform multiple tasks until additional support can be obtained.

·         Performs functions other than described due to extenuating circumstances


Clinical Excellence and Education

·         Provide technical education to the ECLS team and others as requested.

·         Assesses needs of patients and families, providing appropriate teaching and making the necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.

·         Assesses needs of patients and families, providing appropriate teaching and making the necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.

·         Documents in the electronic medical record of patient any teaching that has been provided to patient and family.


Clinical Excellence and Professional Development

·         Continues professional development by involvement in professional activities that enhance respiratory care or critical care nursing practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.

·         Balance team and individual responsibilities; be open and objective to other’s views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to positive team goals; and put the success of the team above own interests.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria          

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.




Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.




Graduate of accredited program.

Bachelor’s in Respiratory Care or Health Sciences related field of study or BSN.





Must have at least three years of clinical experience, at least two of which must be in direct clinical critical care.







Must be board certified in either Adult Critical Care (ACCS) or Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care (NPS) by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) OR have earned the Critical Care Registered Nurse credential (CCRN) from the AACN. This requirement must be satisfied within ONE year of hire as ECLS Specialist.


Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license.


Must be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) OAND conform to the following:

  • Maintain Basic Life Saving (BLS)
  • Maintain Chain of Response in Emergency training (CORE)Obtain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within ONE year of being hired as ECLS Specialist.
  • Must take and pass the Trauma Care after Resuscitation (TCAR) course within ONE year of being hired as ECLS Specialist.
  • Attend and satisfy all the requirements of a formal course of study that is based upon the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), designed by the ECLS Program Coordinator and approved by the ECLS Program Medical Director.
  • Complete (40) hours of supervised ECLS case management experience and on completion earn a satisfactory performance rating on an ECLS competency validation verified by the ECLS Supervisor and Respiratory Care Manager.


Upon completion of the above, the candidate will be awarded the designation of ECLS Specialist

As our ECLS Program matures and moves into other clinical patient populations, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) may also be required by ALL ECLS Specialists.


Registered Nurse issued by the appropriate licensing authority for the state of Iowa.







Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.


Multicultural sensitivity.


Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.


Customer/patient focused.


Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.


Demonstrates clinical competency and technical knowledge in the delivery and management of Extracorporeal Life Support including initiation of ECLS, circuit management, anticoagulation management, delivery of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) medications and blood products as needed, and continuous monitoring of appropriate physiologic data.


Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and customer service by striving to exceed customer expectations.


May be required to initiate Extracorporeal Cardiac Life Support (ECLS) in unique locations. As our program matures this may include pediatric and neonatal clinical areas as well.


Must be capable of priming circuits, changing circuits, adapting circuits as needed, and transporting ECLS patients in-house and out-of-house.


May be required to assist with data collection.


Must be capable of managing ECLS patients via a 1:1 or 1:2 Specialist to Patient ratio.


Will be required to take regular call.


Must be willing to serve as a resource to other hospital services (nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, etc.), and the surrounding community by way of education and outreach.


May be asked to present at quality committees of the hospital.







Job ID: 77040

Posted 20 days ago

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