Fairview Health Services RN Apheresis in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Fairview Health Services is looking for a RN for the Apheresis Laboratory at University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Therapeutic apheresis to include plasma exchange, red blood cell exchange, cellular depletions, stem cell/ mononuclear cell collections, therapeutic phlebotomies, and extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) treatments. The apheresis nurse performs all adult and pediatric procedures in a safe and competent manner. Good vascular skills, and the ability to work independently are important skills for the apheresis nurse.

The apheresis nurse is required to perform (24/7) standby coverage for emergency therapeutic apheresis procedures on a rotating basis with his/her colleagues. Hours are generally 7:30 to 4 when not covering for the emergency procedures. Position requires working about 3 weekends out of 9 week schedule.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The RN in the Apheresis/Donor Center utilizes the nursing process as the frame of reference for practice and providing direct patient care. The RN has the responsibility of performing all procedures and services provided by the department and following all Fairview and department polices. The RN is responsible for assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of nursing care for all assigned populations.

Demonstrates skills/abilities in provision of patient care.

  • Develops and individualizes nursing plan of care by collaborating with patient, family or health care team.

  • Provides care according to the plan, and in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and nursing practice guidelines.

  • Performs health history assessment on patients and donors.

  • Explains procedures to patients and donors to the point of understanding; obtaining informed consent when appropriate.

  • Determines nursing interventions based on identified needs.

  • Communicates with physicians regarding status changes or unusual lab values on patients or donors.

  • Performs venipuncture, access and care for various Venous Access devices.

  • Operates apheresis and collection equipment according to standard operating procedures..

Evaluates care and patient response to interventions and expected outcomes.

  • Systematically and continuously evaluates patient’s response to interventions.

  • Modifies the interventions based on patient response and changing patient condition.

  • Involves the patient, family and other health team members in evaluating care.

  • Uses ongoing assessment data to revise patient needs; priority problems, nursing outcomes and the plan of care.

Assists in the day-to-day operations of department

  • Understands and follows departmental and Fairview policies and procedures.

  • Uses creative solutions to resolve problems and keep operations running smoothly.

  • Understands and follows procedures specifically related to job duties,

  • Demonstrates functional knowledge of emergency plans and responds to emergent situations.

  • Utilizes proper infection prevention techniques.

  • Follow workplace ergonomics.

  • Investigates incidents in a thorough and expeditious manner.

  • Participates in teaching of students, physicians, patients, visitor and new employees.

Actively participates in productivity of department:

  • Prioritizes assignments appropriately.

  • Utilizes time effectively, completes assignments in a timely manner.

  • Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.

  • Effectively utilizes all computer systems for reporting, billing or documenting clinical observations.

  • Maintains supplies at the work area.

  • Cleans work area at completion of each assignment.

  • Complies with department standards of attendance and punctuality.

  • Participates in assigned on-call and holiday rotation schedule

Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them

Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Compliance programs

Uses communication strategies to achieve desired outcomes

Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.


Required Qualifications

  • Graduate of a program in nursing who meets qualifications for registered nurse licensure in Minnesota

  • current MN RN license or current permit to practice professional nursing in MN

Preferred Qualifications

  • BSN

  • 1 to 3 years nursing experience preferred in Apheresis, Dialysis, or ICU experience.

Other Required Skills

  • Pro-activeness

  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills (written/verbal)

  • Excellent independent judgment/critical thinking skills

  • Consistent documented record of professional development

  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team

  • Excellent customer service skills under all circumstances

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Technical aptitude-comfortable with machines/technical devices/computers

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Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Joined by HealthEast in June 2017, Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 12 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota.

Its broad continuum also includes 56 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

EEO/AA Employer/Vet/DisabledAll qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any lawfully protected status.

Requisition ID 2018-24269

Profession Nursing (RN/LPN)

Speciality Nursing-Specialty Care/Other

Location University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank)

Shift day/evening/night

Hours per 2 weeks 64

Department Aphaeresis - Donor Ctr