Passionate, driven people dedicated to making a difference in healthcare.
SpecialtyCare continues to grow and we’d like you to grow with us. Our clinicians and technicians participate in over 350,000 surgeries each year in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. We serve more than 1,000 hospitals and support more than 13,000 surgeons. By participating in such a large number of surgeries and by working with world-class surgeons, we are the most experienced provider of outsourced clinical services in the industry. We are always interested in building our team by hiring and training smart, dedicated people who share our values and our commitment to excellence.
This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to gain patient-care experience, advance further in the healthcare field and/or pursue career advancement within SpecialtyCare. Our company is nationwide and based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
There are four services that comprise the bulk of our work in cardiovascular monitoring: invasive line assistance and hemodynamic monitoring, nerve blocks, cell savers, and intra-aortic balloon pumps. Our role in the hospital allows us to be with a variety of patients, cases, and various levels of emergencies.
One of the procedures the CVMT is involved with is called invasive line assistance. This usually involves the CVMT assigned to make fluid setups as ordered by the physician. These prepared fluid lines are connected to the patient so that the anesthesia team is able to directly monitor arterial, central venous and pulmonary arterial pressures. During the actual procedure of placing the invasive lines (this usually takes place in the operating room before the actual surgery takes place), the CVMT assists the anesthesiologist by gathering the appropriate supplies, handing supplies off in a sterile manner and operating the ultrasound.
Prior to the start of a patient’s surgery, the CVMT also can assist the anesthesiologist with placement of nerve blocks. Nerve blocks enable an anesthesiologist to bathe a specific nerve in a local anesthetic which allows for pain control following orthopedic procedures. The CVMT’s assist with nerve blocks in a very similar manner to the placement of invasive monitoring lines—whereas the CVMT’s prepare kits, operate the ultrasound, and ensure all appropriate monitors are in place.
During the actual procedure, the CVMT may be assigned to operate blood collection devices, such as a cell saver. Cell savers enable blood to be collected from a surgical procedure, which can then be processed to red blood cells and returned back to the patient. This reduces the need for transfusions of donated red blood cells (RBCs). For this service, the CVMT’s typically monitors the machine during the operating room case. If the patient experiences significant blood loss, the CVMT begins processing the blood so that it can be returned to the patient.
Two devices that the CVMT operates outside of the operating room are the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) and the Impella device. To over simplify, an IABP is a device that reduces the workload on the heart while simultaneously increasing cardiac tissue oxygenation after the patient has a cardiac event, such as a heart attack. IABPs are placed by a physician (usually emergently) into a patient’s aorta. The Impella pump also helps support the heart by promoting blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and to the rest of the body. These devices are frequently placed during high-risk Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures which can be scheduled or emergent. The CVMT monitors and operates the functioning of both machines in the operating room and in cath lab, and after they are placed and the patient is in the intensive care unit.
The CVMT position is full time and requires a two-year commitment. Due to the rigorous three-month clinical training program, it is our expectation that the new hire will commit to the position and become an integral member of our team. After successfully completing the training program, the new CVMT will be allowed to work independently with the physicians and provide services.
The majority of our caseload is done at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, but we also provide our CVMT services to United, Mercy, Fairview Southdale, HCMC, and North Memorial, to name a few.
- High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree in science or related field preferred.
- Previous related medical experience preferred.
- Ability to work on Call; must live within 30 minutes from the hospital.
The Successful Candidate
The successful candidate must bring a high level of ethical, intellectual, professional and personal values that complement the team and company vision. The following competencies are highly valued:
- Focused on clinical quality and delivering the absolute best results for patients.
- Ability to adapt and thrive in a high stress environment necessary.
- Excellent communication skills and basic computer skills are essential.
- Proven self-starter who works well independently and as a part of the OR team.
- Lives the SpecialtyCare Values – Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Sense of Urgency, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability.
SpecialtyCare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer
Employment with SpecialtyCare is at-will