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Job Summary

To provide comprehensive professional nursing (60%) and educational support (40%) in a multidisciplinary cardiac surgery clinic, supporting the Center for Circulatory Support.  Identify gaps/needs and seek to implement interventions and education to improve outcomes.  Develop partnerships with other clinical and educational programs to standardize patient care processes.  Facilitate and maintain quality improvement / LEAN activities.



Coordinate, implement and evaluate new employee orientation.

Investigate, design, and implement competency-based orientation/evaluation.

Evaluate and modify orientation based on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness.

Coordinate the completion of unit based mandatories/competencies and institutional regulatory requirements. 

Conduct individualized and group learning programs for members of the nursing staff.

Identify on-going educational needs and facilitate in-services and staff development programs. 

Participate in the development of procedures, protocols and guidelines.  Assist in the development and acquisition of unit resource materials.

Actively participate as a member of the VAD Multidisciplinary Leadership team, in area improvement efforts such as research, and CQI.

Provide information and promote attendance at continuing education (CE) programs and involvement in professional organization activities by unit staff.  Encourage and coordinate abstract and poster creation for UMHS and national organizations.

Remain knowledgeable in relevant care standards and assist in the maintenance of nursing practice standards.

Provide patient care to maintain clinical competence, act as a role model, and assist in monitoring unit practices.

Provide consultation in the area of clinical expertise to the nursing team and other departments. 

Coordinate performance improvement program activities.

Facilitate support of clinical experts through the nursing framework.


Nursing Specific Info

Salary & Nursing Framework Level:
This UMPNC RN posting is posted under the Role-Specific Advancement Model (RSAM) as:
Actual RSAM LEVEL and salary will be determined at time of hire.

Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled after the initial 5-day posting period.
Applicants who have left the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of past employment including months and years of service along with effort. Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined.

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor of Science in nursing degree is preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Michigan.

At least 3-5 years recent experience caring for VAD patient population with demonstrated expert clinical leadership abilities.

Candidate must be able to provide direct patient care to demonstrate the clinical nursing role.

Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, to include strong facilitative interpersonal skills, skills to successfully resolve conflicts, excellent problem solving skills and ability to provide direct and effective feedback.

Self-directed, reliable, demonstrates initiative and motivation to work independently and collaboratively with other health care providers.

Demonstrated ability to portray a professional and positive attitude.

Demonstrated ability to facilitate change, direct nursing practice, delegate, and evaluate outcomes.

Demonstrated unit and committee involvement with evidence of accepting increasing responsibilities which could include experience in the Charge Nurse Role, preceptor experience, teaching experience, in-service speaker, nursing competency work, etc.

Demonstrated knowledge of current documentation and practice standards and evidence of their application into daily practice.

Demonstrated ability to effectively share knowledge with others and evaluate learning progress of staff.

Previous experience with quality improvement / LEAN projects.


NOTE: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of current medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical treatment modalities of advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support.

Previous experience in the development of evidence based clinical protocols.

Ability to utilize word processing and data base programs such as Microsoft Word/Excel and PowerPoint to create new documents, enter data, generate graphs and produce presentations.

Demonstrated development of staff educational materials, including CEU approved programs.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in planning, developing, and implementing complex Continuous Quality Improvement activities.

Previous participation in clinical research.

Experience in program development, research and regulatory readiness program planning. 

Demonstrated knowledge of UMMC policies, procedures, and practices.

Work Schedule

Hours:  40 hrs

Shift:  Days, Monday-Friday, with evening/weekend on-call rotation.

            Staffing (60%) / Education (40%)

Location: CVC- VAD Program

Additional Information

We, the staff and faculty of the U-M Cardiovascular Center (CVC) team, are committed to advancing medicine and serving humanity through living and teaching our core values of Respect and Compassion; Collaboration; Innovation; and Commitment to Excellence.
Each CVC employee is expected to understand and demonstrate that in every interaction we represent our entire organization in the care we provide and in the courtesies we extend to patients, families, and each respective team member.  The CVC is dedicated to partnering with patients and families to deliver the safest and highest quality of health care.  Applicants are expected to review the following PowerPoint presentation which provides an overview of the Cardiovascular Centers philosophy and culture:

Excellent service is an expected and integral part of the FCVC culture. To be considered for this position, a cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page with your resume.  The cover letter should address each of the following points in 50 words or less:


1.      Describe your background and qualifications and why you believe you would be a good fit for this position at the FCVC.

2.      Outline your service excellence, communications and event planning skills and experiences which would be applicable to this position.

3.      In your most recent position, how was service excellence emphasized?

4.      Describe a situation in which a customer or colleague was upset and the steps you took to resolve the issue to a reasonable conclusion.

5.      Describe your key impressions of the FCVC presentation found here:



Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.