**RN Professional Practice Specialist | NICU


In collaboration with NICU leadership, the RN Professional Practice Specialist acts in a staff role to support optimal service outcomes by providing for the development of professional staff and other direct care givers. As member of the department’s leadership team, participates in and is accountable for the continuous assessment of service needs, strategic planning, process design and goal attainment. The PPS also functions on the interdepartmental level and acts on behalf of ***** ***** Hospital as a resource to other health care institutions.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 70 bed Level IV NICU. Care is delivered to infants and families transported from approximately 40 regional community hospitals in three states. The patient ages typically range from 23 weeks gestation to 37 weeks gestation, term infants and older children with multiple disease processes. Comprehensive services include medical-surgical care for infants with conditions including but not limited to pre-maturity, genetic disorders, pulmonary disorders and cardiac disorders. The unit also provides for the inter-hospital transportation of infants as well as ECMO services.
The NICU is ranked *****ly every year by U.S. News & World Report in neonatology, and we are the only top 10 ranked program in Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We treat more than 800 babies every year. Our success is rooted in our dedication to providing family centered care in a collaborative and respectful interdisciplinary environment.
***** ***** NICU is a regional referral center for neonatal patients requiring ECMO therapy for respiratory failure, and for neonatal patients requiring whole body cooling for treatment of birth asphyxia/hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
As a Level IV NICU, we offer the highest level of care for premature and ill newborns, as designated by The American Academy of Pediatrics. This means we can:

Offer the full range of pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical subspecialists, and pediatric anesthesiologists on site.
Perform complex surgical procedures to repair complex congenital or acquired conditions.
Coordinate all aspects of care for conditions and associated complications including: coagulation defects, congenital heart defects, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) gastrointestinal disorders, genetic and/or metabolic disorders, prematurity, respiratory distress and failure, pulmonary hypertension, renal disorders and sepsis and septic shock.

The department utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to care utilizing the services of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, unit specific pharmacist and dietitians, and other support services necessary to provide quality care. A full-time Neonatal Transport Team consisting of specialty trained neonatal transport nursing personnel, neonatal Respiratory Therapists, and for complex cases, a Neonatology fellow or attending physician conducts transport. The team can transport via ambulance, helicopter, or fixed wing air transport as needed.
***** ***** Hospital, based in Washington, DC, celebrates 150+ years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, it is among the nation’s top 10 ***** hospitals. ***** ***** is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. ***** ***** has been designated a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. Our pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. ***** ***** is home to the ***** ***** Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and a top NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care, and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and ***** levels.
All nursing practice is based on the legal scope of practice, ***** and specialty nursing standards, CNMC Policies and Procedures, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Professional Model of Care requires registered professional nurses to be responsible and accountable for their own practice. CNMC supports the development of RN relationships within the community; specifically those relationships associated with the health and well being of the community at large.

Roles Responsibility
Participate/support Shared Leadership, Contribute to CNMCs Magnet Journey, Ensure that nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice, Accountable for participating in the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level), Participate in community activities
Desired Qualification
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing
Full Time
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