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Staff Nurse

Seattle, WA, USA Req #629
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Formerly Puget Sound Blood Center and Lane Blood Center, Bloodworks is backed by more than 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. A national leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks has been chosen to serve more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska – partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. We are local, nonprofit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based.

Help save lives every day!  Bloodworks is hiring for a Staff Nurse at our Central Seattle Facility. In this position, you will perform therapeutic apheresis procedures on patients both in-house and at area hospitals.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Perform all therapeutic procedures on the Cobe Spectra and the Spectra Optia including Plasma exchanges, Red Cell Exchanges and Therapeutic Depletions.
  • Collect blood components on subjects enrolled in internal and external research studies.
  • Organize plan for procedure prior to starting, i.e., coordination with Medical Director, making phone calls to hospitals, etc.
  • Measure vital signs and compare them to normal values for heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and blood pressure.  Report variations to physicians.
  • Perform venipuncture both for drawing blood samples and performing therapeutic and/or research procedures.
  • Draw blood samples for various tests in appropriate tubes, with proper labeling and lab slips.  Deliver blood samples to the proper lab for processing.
  • Recognize changes in patient’s clinical status and notify patient's physician of adverse events.
  • Evaluate patient’s plan of care and tolerance of therapeutic procedures.
  • Familiarize self with medical problems of patients to be pheresed and ask ordering physicians if special complications might be anticipated.
  • Evaluate the respiratory and cardiovascular status of patients and donors.  Notify physician of any complications.
  • Explain all aspects of procedures to donors and patients prior to beginning procedures.
  • Administer medication when needed orally, subcutaneously and/or intravenously.
  • Administer blood components as per MD order.
  • Identify transfusion reaction and follow the protocol for a reaction.
  • Demonstrate proper administration of oxygen per nasal prongs, mask, and ambu bag.
  • Assist physicians and paramedics with emergency procedures.
  • Use and properly care for A-V shunts and central venous catheters (i.e., Quinton, Hickman, etc.).
  • Utilize equipment manuals to trouble-shoot the department's equipment.  When unable to solve problems by self utilizes resources, i.e., company service, company technical assistance, Bloodworks manuals, etc.
  • Draw and spin hematocrits using a centrifuge.
  • Perform on-call responsibilities on a rotating basis with co-workers.
  • Properly screen potential donors for acceptability by checking medical history, medication record, labs etc.  Know post-donation problems of returning donors.
  • Listen with empathy to patients and family members.
  • Must maintain an active Washington State Registered Nurse license.
  • Comply with all applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as written.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.  



  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing with a current license from the State of Washington as a registered nurse.
  • Three years’ experience working in an acute care setting required with previous apheresis, phlebotomy, ICU/CCU or dialysis experience strongly preferred.


  • Occasional extensive travel, substantial overtime, on-call status and heavy lifting. 
  • As this is an essential position with direct responsibility to donors and/or patients, incumbent should be prepared to work extended and/or consecutive shifts and/or possibly at a different location during periods of inclement weather or other emergencies. 
  • Ability to work scheduled holidays and weekends.


Bloodworks Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Seattle, WA, USA