Quote from MistyBlue
Egleston trains RN's and RT's in house. Once you have proven yourself you can apply. If accepted there are classes and you have several shifts where you sit the pump with a preceptor. Each of the ICU's (PICU, NICU, CICU) have specialists on staff. The schedules are made as regular working schedules with people designated as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd ECMO. If there are no pumps running you work your regular shift. If there are more that 3 running they will call in extra specialists as needed. ECMO cases are 2:1, the pt has a nurse and the pump has a specialist but I have heard that in NICU stable runs will have a nurse with another pt.
This is exactly how is it where I work. Reading this I'd think we work in the same hospital, but that's not what we call our ICUs so I know we don't.