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Lead Clinical Specialist RN at Vitalant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Apheresis Nurse-Day Shift

We Will Train!!!

Vitalant is where donors, talent and innovation meet to save and improve lives. We are the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. We seek team members who want to make a difference in people’s lives while furthering their careers. At Vitalant you can expect competitive compensation, paid time off and other benefits.  Take your first step to joining our dedicated team by applying today.


This position is responsible for performing advanced clinical procedures under the direction of a licensed physician that may include therapeutic apheresis procedures, and/or stem cell, granulocyte and lymphocyte collections. This position utilizes clinical training to ensure that the apheresis treatment is appropriate, conducted appropriately and all relevant clinical developments are addressed and/or escalated to medical personnel. This position works autonomously in varied clinical settings and is expected to exercise sound clinical judgement in the provision of clinical apheresis procedures. This position will also be responsible for the clinical supervision of medical assistants who perform apheresis procedures in a clinical setting. This position will perform as the primary point of contact for ordering physicians in the planning of apheresis procedures while acting as a clinical consultant in order to assist the ordering physician in the establishment of a patient treatment plan.


  • Performs all assigned duties in compliance with internal SOPs and external regulations. Brings compliance issues to the attention of management.

  • Assess patient status relative to therapeutic apheresis, prior and during procedures, utilizing nursing process. Patient assessment to include laboratory testing results and other clinically significant procedures.

  • Train clinical apheresis staff and assess their competence in the performance of apheresis procedures, and related procedures such as the use and care of central venous access devices.

  • Coordinate closely with physicians and nurses at a variety of hospitals to arrange therapeutic apheresis treatments and facilitate coordinated care. Evaluate patient medication for compatibility and safety of apheresis procedure and determine when to contact the physician.

  • Function, as needed as the subject matter expert and explain, as needed, clinical apheresis procedures to patients and their family and other attending healthcare professionals.

  • Assures quality customer service to all customers.

  • Is responsible for the receipt and processing of therapeutic orders from Physicians, arrangements for necessities of a procedure, such as ordering labs, fluids and materials, and assistance with the development, implementation, and evaluation of new and existing methodologies. Performs therapeutic apheresis procedures on patients under supervision of a licensed physician.

  • Is responsible for the receipt and processing of collection orders from Physicians, National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), hospital transfusion services, and the administration of drugs, and donor evaluation for the collection and mobilization regimens.

    • Performs stem cell collections on donors or patients according to SOPs.

    • Performs granulocyte collections on donors according to SOPs.

    • Performs lymphocyte collections on donors according to SOPs.

  • Performs any new apheresis procedure approved for clinical use, as required.

  • Participates in department research projects, trials and data gathering.

  • Anticipates and responds to unique clinical situations according to SOPs. And determines appropriate clinical care.

  • Recognizing adverse reactions and managing the procedure in response.

  • Adjusting inlet flow to compensate for citrate reactions, or recognizing a severe adverse reaction and initiating protocol such as pausing or terminating procedure immediately and calling code per hospital process.

  • Maintains accurate, complete and legible records following the principles of current Good Clinical Practices and related Clinical Practices policies and procedures of the institutions where the procedures are performed.

  • Participates in quality assurance activities, as indicated.

  • Ensures that medical assistant staff performs clinical procedures in accordance with SOP’s and sound clinical practice.

  • Perform apheresis procedures as needed in non-scheduled situations after hours, weekends, and holidays. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs.

  • Performs all other duties, at the discretion of management, as assigned.



  • Associate’s degree required.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Knowledge of rationale and techniques relating to assigned duties required.

Licenses/ Certifications

  • RN license in state of practice required.

  • Current CPR certification preferred.

  • Valid driver’s license required.


  • Previous dialysis or apheresis experience preferred.

  • 2 years of previous hospital experience (medical/surgical or critical care nursing) or related experience required.

  • Phlebotomy experience required.


  • Must possess the skills and abilities to successfully perform all assigned duties and responsibilities autonomously, requiring sound clinical judgement and application of advanced clinical knowledge.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

  • Must be able to understand, follow, and give precise written and verbal instructions, and perform all activities safely.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and participate as an active team member.

  • Able to organize, prioritize, and execute a variable workload and multiple priorities.

  • Must be able to work flexible shifts.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.


Vitalant is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace built on a foundation of respect, integrity, teamwork, and excellence. Through our DEI strategic plan, we create opportunities for employees of all backgrounds to feel valued, seen and heard. We believe this mission drives creativity and innovation, as employees experience an environment conducive to personal growth and career development.


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • HSA, FSA and 410K retirement savings plans

  • Paid Time Off

  • Commuter benefits

  • Employee assistance program


As an essential operation to the nation’s healthcare infrastructure and a science-based organization, Vitalant believes that being vaccinated helps provide protection and care for our employees, our donors, their families, and the broader community.  Vitalant requires employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  Individuals applying for this position should be prepared to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandates of Vitalant and accordingly, will need to have received the full series of vaccinations two weeks prior to the first date of employment unless an approved exemption exists prior to start.

Blood Systems Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply please email your CV / resume to

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