Staff RN

Portland, Oregon

Legacy Health
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Staff RN - ECMO Primer


Job ID: 23-35922
Type: Regular Full-Time
Emanuel Medical Ctr campus


Relocation assistance available for RNs new to Legacy Health.

The Legacy nursing philosophy focuses on patients and their families. Our nurses embody this philosophy in everything they do, as advocates, communicators, problem-solvers and caregivers. Their expertise is sought after and respected by our health care team. In short, they are the face of wellness at Legacy. Does this sound like an environment in which you could thrive? If so, we invite you to consider this opportunity.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland plays a vital role as a local and regional leader in serious clinical illness or injury. With around-the-clock expertise for critical health issues, including experts in trauma, heart care, burns, significant wounds, stroke, brain surgery and more, Legacy Emanuel is central to the health of our community and critical to the care of the Northwest.


ECMO Primers are the primary bedside experts on ECMO. They are advanced practice specialists who can set up and prime an ECMO circuit and initiate a patient on VV, VA, or VAV ECMO. Primers are responsible for all ECMO circuit procedures including, but not limited to, priming circuits, initiating a patient on ECMO, changing out a circuit, changing circuit parts (pigtails, connectors, etc.), removing patients from ECMO, inspection and disposal of used circuits, and cleaning equipment. They also are trained to assist or function as the ECMO Specialist at the bedside, with the capacity to manage all aspects of an ECMO circuit, assist with staffing, and provide technical and clinical support to all staff. The ECMO Primer works collaboratively with other team members to provide direct patient care through manipulation of the ECMO circuit.

ECMO Primers also assist the ECMO Leadership team with multiple aspects of the Adult ECMO Program. They are the primary real-time educators for the RN staff. The Primers contribute to Process Improvement by reviewing and presenting cases for the entire ECMO Team. They assist with policy and practice guideline development within the ECMO Program.

ECMO Primer positions are either fulltime or relief. Fulltime ECMO Primers primary job is within the ECMO cost center and fulfill a majority of the Primer shifts. Fulltime ECMO Primers also fulfill all the requirements for Staff RN (6025) and may float into this role. Relief ECMO Primers are within the NTICU cost center as Staff RNs (6025) and float into the Primer shifts.



  • BSN required.


  • Two years of adult critical care and ECMO Specialist experience required.
  • Experience with priming circuits and initiating ECMO preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability for positive interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians, and the community.
  • Computer skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.


Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy's Values in Action.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled.

Compensation details: 53.11-79.33 Hourly Wage


Date Posted: 12 April 2024
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