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Methodist Hospital

ECMO Primer Registered Nurse

San Antonio, TX, United States
Full-time  Nights (Rotating Weekends) 
Category: Registered Nurse • Job ID: 1726380
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Do you want to be appreciated daily? Our nurses are celebrated for being on the front line, empathetic for patients. At Methodist Hospital our nurses set us apart from any other healthcare provider. We are seeking a(an) ECMO Primer Registered Nurse to join our healthcare family.


Methodist Hospital, offers a total rewards package that supports the health, life, career and retirement of our colleagues. The available plans and programs include:

  • Comprehensive medical coverage that covers many common services at no cost or for a low copay. Plans include prescription drug and behavioral health coverage as well as free telemedicine services and free AirMed medical transportation.
  • Additional options for dental and vision benefits, life and disability coverage, flexible spending accounts, supplemental health protection plans (accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity), auto and home insurance, identity theft protection, legal counseling, long-term care coverage, moving assistance, pet insurance and more.
  • Free counseling services and resources for emotional, physical and financial wellbeing
  • 401(k) Plan with a 100% match on 3% to 9% of pay (based on years of service)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with 10% off HCA Healthcare stock
  • Family support through fertility and family building benefits with Progyny and adoption assistance.
  • Referral services for child, elder and pet care, home and auto repair, event planning and more
  • Consumer discounts through Abenity and Consumer Discounts
  • Retirement readiness, rollover assistance services and preferred banking partnerships
  • Education assistance (tuition, student loan, certification support, dependent scholarships)
  • Colleague recognition program
  • Time Away From Work Program (paid time off, paid family leave, long- and short-term disability coverage and leaves of absence)
  • Employee Health Assistance Fund that offers free employee-only coverage to full-time and part-time colleagues based on income.

Learn more about Employee Benefits

Note: Eligibility for benefits may vary by location.

At Methodist Hospital, our nurses play a vital part. We know that every nurse’s path and purpose is unique. Do you want to create your own personal career path in nursing? HCA Healthcare is your career destination! Our scale makes it possible for nurses to create the career path that fits their life – for life – and empowers their passion for patient care. Apply today for our ECMO Primer Registered Nurse opportunity.

Job Summary and Qualifications

What you will do in your role

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Primer – REGISTERED NURSE

The ECMO Primer, RN must have equivalent qualifications, competence and function in the same role as employed individuals performing the same or similar services at the facility, as defined by facility job description.

Essential Job Functions: The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Primer, RN assists physicians in the management and operation of the ECMO machine. Scope of Service may include:

1. Develops treatment plan involving:

a. Assessments

b. Planning

c. Implementation

d. Evaluation

e. Education

2. Monitors and adjusts ECMO circuit settings, (e.g. heat exchanger temperature, pump flow, sweep gas) to maintain parameters established by the ECMO physician.

3. Responsible for assisting and support of the ECMO team.

4. Builds and primes circuit for ECMO, which includes components as specified by the ECMO physician.

5. Monitors equipment closely during procedure for any changes in patient’s condition and informs physician immediately.

6. Assists with initiations, circuit changes, decannulations, and changes to configuration to include sterile procedure with physician.

7. Serves as resource to bedside nurse on ECMO physiology, pump function, and troubleshooting

8. Correlates and records data obtained during the procedure.

9. Demonstrates Clinical and Service excellence behaviors to include HCA Healthcare code of conduct core fundamentals in daily interactions with patients, families, co-workers and physician.

What qualifications you will need:

1. Education:

• High school graduate or equivalent required.

• Graduate of a nursing program: diploma, associate or baccalaureate degree

2. Experience

Minimum of 1 year experience as an ECMO Specialist RN

3. Competencies

The ECMO Primer will demonstrate:

• Safe and effective operation of equipment o Maintains equipment in good working order

 o Demonstrates effective infection control practices related to equipment operation

• Accurate patient information review and evaluation o Uses at least two ways to identify patients before performing procedure o Accesses the patient medical record appropriately

• Infection Prevention o Practices consistent hand hygiene o Uses personal protective equipment (PPE) o Required immunizations per Division requirements o Complies with Isolation precautions

• Preps, builds, and primes ECMO circuits o Maintains equipment in good working order

 o Demonstrates effective infection control practices related to equipment operation

• ECMO initiation o Maintain sterile field and assist ECMO physician when initiating ECMO

• ECMO decannulation o Maintain sterile field and assist ECMO physician when decannulating ECMO

• ECMO procedures

 o Bilateral site cannulation to dual lumen cannulation o Transition to hybrid ECMO configuration o Implant of dual lumen cannula o Circuit changes, adding pigtails, and adding pressure lines o In-House Transports

o Assist physical therapy and occupational therapy

• ECMO circuit advanced troubleshooting and emergencies o Monitor o Thrombosis o Function o Equipment failure o Air

o Accidental decannulation

• Instruct and mentor ECMO specialist

• Annual Competency skills validation

• Complete 3 clear primes quarterly in wet labs or clinical scenarios

• Participate in at least one prime/ECMO initiation or circuit change

• Must work at least two 12 hour ECMO Specialist shifts in a six month period

Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).


• Baccalaureate Degree of Nursing

• More than 2 years of ECMO Specialist with Cardiac/Surgical ICU experience

Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:

• RN License to practice as a professional registered nursing in the state of Texas or Active Multi-State RN Compact License. (Employees with RN Compact License are required to obtain Texas RN License within 90 days of hire date.)

• Completion of ECMO Specialist Course

• American Heart Association or Red Cross health care provider ACLS/BLS Certification


• ECMO Primer Course

Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. With over 900 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, oncology, bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics. We are proud to be the largest provider of the lifesaving ECMO Program in San Antonio, are home to the largest robotics program in the world, and our Adult Blood Cancer and Stem Cell Transplant unit has become the first program to receive FACT Accreditation in North America.

As the flagship hospital, and most comprehensive medical care facility of Methodist Healthcare, we appreciate the support and recognition we receive from the community. We’ve recently been named the No.1 Best Regional Hospital by the U.S. News and World Report for 2019-20. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of care possible for our patients, which is proven by our consecutive Grade A Leapfrog Hospital Safety scores. In addition, Methodist Hospital not only received a Primary Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, but has also received a Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL Healthcare, designating the facility as offering the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. For more information, please visit our website at and select Methodist Hospital under Locations.

"The great hospitals will always put the patient and the patient's family first, and the really great institutions will provide care with warmth, compassion, and dignity for the individual."- Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.
HCA Healthcare Co-Founder

Join a family that cares about every stage in your career! We are interviewing candidates for our ECMO Primer Registered Nurse opening. Apply today and a member of our Talent Acquisition team will reach out.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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