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Nurse Clinician - Cardiology - Cardiac Device - Outpatient, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Remote Position: 
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Bluhm Cardiovascular clinic of Northwestern Medicine has an exciting opportunity for a RN to work as a Nurse Clinician in a fast-paced outpatient cardiology clinic with patients who have a cardiac device. BSN required, with at least one (1) year of RN experience in Cardiology: ICU, Heart Failure, Electrophysiology or Device Clinic. Shift: M-F, days; no nights/weekends/holidays.

Position Summary :

The Cardiac Device Nurse is responsible for providing pacemaker, implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) and Loop Recorder interrogation and reprogramming in person and/or remotely. Working closely with an EP Physician, the Device Nurse will be responsible for assessment and programming of patient's implanted device as needed. This position is responsible for initial device analysis and preliminary report generation, as well as alerting practitioners to urgent issues requiring further actions. In addition, the Device Clinic Nurse provides patient education, instruction, and phone triage.


  • Perform in office interrogation of pacemakers, ICD's, and implantable loop recorders. This will entail complete assessment of the device to include function or leads, any arrhythmias and troubleshooting as issues arises.
  • Assessment of post device implant wound checks.
  • Manage remote interrogations daily for alerts and other transmissions.
  • Provide education for patient and families regarding cardiac disease, meds, device function and remote monitoring.
  • Contacts patients with device remote interpretation.
  • Documents appropriately in EMR and Paceart.
  • Provides support to the OR as requested or scheduled.
  • Facilitate device remote equipment maintenance as needed.
  • Escalate any issues to the clinical team as appropriate.

The Nurse Clinician will work in a multidisciplinary environment which will require exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with patients, physicians, clinical and administrative units. This position will utilize nursing skills to perform patient assessments via phone or in person and implement nursing interventions; as such the ability to use appropriate judgment, independent thinking and creativity when resolving patient care issues. Also responsible for initiating & organizing patient education for the population this unit serves. Ensure compliance with OSHA regulations. Report deficiencies to supervisor immediately. Assist in rectifying deficiencies as requested. Assume responsibility for and supervision of the appropriate care of medical equipment. For each patient, perform a comprehensive assessment of the chief complaint and patient needs utilizing the nursing process. Based on findings, seek solutions and offer opinions to physicians and other health care providers. Document all nursing assessments in the patients medical record. Ensure that all documentation is clear, complete and legible. Maintain patient confidentiality at all times. Understand and uphold the protocols and procedures for release of patient/medical information. Independently perform routine nursing duties including phlebotomy, medication administration, measurement of vital signs, preparation of lab specimens, etc. Document all interventions in the patient medical record as appropriate. Ensure that all documentation is clear, complete and legible. Communicate and collaborate with other clinical and administrative departments in order to coordinate appropriate patient care, as needed. Communicate with outside agencies or facilities as appropriate. Triage and prioritize incoming telephone calls using clinical assessment skills and service standards. Document all assessments the patient medical record as appropriate. Ensure that all documentation is clear, complete and legible. Manage urgent/emergent medical situations as appropriate and in accordance with the organization's protocols for medical emergencies and cardiac arrests. Obtain and/or operate emergency equipment according to relevant standards. Serve as a resource for staff and physicians for daily problem solving and decision making. Maintain a consistent alertness to patient care needs and take a proactive approach to address/resolve issues. Delegate appropriate tasks according to Illinois law and organizational protocols to Licensed Practical Nurses and Medical Assistants. Comply with all existing policies and procedures related to patient care. Make recommendations to management regarding new policies and procedures that may improve the patient experience. Assure that new policies and procedures are implemented in a timely manner. Initiate and coordinate patient education. Ensure that patients understand educational materials and can exhibit return demonstration when pertinent. Provide teaching to staff on both a formal and informal basis. Participate in community outreach education, patient support groups or specialty related educational programs offered to hospital and community nurses, as requested.

EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing ;
  • Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Illinois;
  • Certification in Basic CPR;
  • Minimum of (1) year of RN experience in Cardiology: ICU, Heart Failure, Electrophysiology or Device .

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