Clinical Nurse- Therapeutic Apheresis

Duarte, California
July 30 2020
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Thank you for your interest. Please note, the purpose of this posting is to recruit for on-going and future positions.

About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:
Performs donor phlebotomy, apheresis and therapeutic procedures. Participates in department research projects, trials and data gathering. Trains and re-trains staff, participates in quality assurance activities to continually ensure the safety of the blood supply and provide the highest quality of service/care. May be designated to serve in Charge Nurse Capacity. Demonstrates a caring and professional manner at all times.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Performs donor phlebotomy, donor and therapeutic apheresis according to Donor Apheresis Center standard operating procedures.
  • Participates in standard operating procedure validation and recommends changes prior to implementation.
  • Maintains knowledge of rationale and techniques relating to blood collection and apheresis.
  • Assists in training new employees and retraining current employees, serves as a resource person for the Apheresis Nurse I and LVNs
  • Participates in the design of Donor Center trials and maintains records. Gathers statistical data, assists in writing summary reports.
  • Participates in quality assurance activities to continually ensure safety of the blood supply and provide high quality service to internal and external customers.
  • Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reviewing current literature, attending in-service meetings, and workshops.
  • Reviews all patient/donor information and product data. Identifies abnormal values and initiates follow up.
  • Assesses donor/patient condition during apheresis procedures and whole blood donation; recognizes and treats reactions according to standard operating procedures.
  • Promotes team work among staff and effectively communicates department issues to the supervisors.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and quality control on facility equipment as assigned; reports outliers to supervisors.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of Donor Center procedures and activities including, but not limited to donor/patient records, equipment maintenance and quality control, error/incident/quality monitoring reports, and customer complaints.
  • Prioritizes workflow, readily adapts to changes in assignment, and completes work in a timely manner.
  • Reviews pertinent departmental standard operating procedures annually and as needed.
  • Maintains current nursing licensure, CPR and annual safety certification.
  • Performs tests requesting for donor/patient and product testing using Sunquest Laboratory Information Systems.
  • Participates in off-site blood drives as assigned.
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic Education, Experience and Skills Required for Consideration:
• BSN (Bachelors in Nursing) required.
• 3 years of clinical experience in blood donor collections and apheresis procedures.

Required Certification/Licensure:
• Current California RN License
• American Heart Association BLS

Additional Information:
This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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