Vanderbilt Nursing

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Unit (ECMO)

I'm Daphne Hardison, BSN, RN.  I am the manager of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a mobile unit with offices located on the 4th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To work on the ECMO Team, our ECMO Specialists need to have at least two years of critical care experience, be detail oriented, and highly motivated to care for a diverse patient population under high stress situations.


Daphne Hardison, BSN, RN
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care  Patient Demographic  Number of Beds            Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
ECMO supports heart
and/or lung function
until recovery, repair,
or transplant
Newborn to Adult 4 - 5
  • ACLS certified
  • PALS certified
  • Either NRP or ACLS
  • BLS certified


About Us:

Our unit specializes in providing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients in cardiac or respiratory failure.  ECMO is a device which oxygenates the blood and removes carbon dioxide.  It can be used to support patients with respiratory failure (Veno-Venous ECMO) or cardiac/respiratory failure (Veno-Arterial ECMO).  The ECMO Team supports the Renal Replacement Therapy Program (CRRT) and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program in the Children’s Hospital.
Our focus is to treat all patients and their families with utmost respect as we would treat our own family members.  Our team cares for very critically ill patients and must be able to address not only the medical needs of the patient, but also the emotional needs of the family.

A typical shift for an ECMO Specialist includes monitoring and maintaining critically ill patients on ECMO, rapid response for emergency ECMO cannulations, rounding, and troubleshooting patients being supported with CRRT and/or VAD system.

We pride ourselves in giving excellent care to our patients.  We are one of the largest ECMO centers in North America.  We are a member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international group of ECMO centers. We regularly attend and contribute presentations to the annual ECMO meetings.

Awards and Special Recognitions:

  • ELSO Award of Excellence, 2008 - 2010
  • ELSO Award of Excellence, 2010 - 2012
  • Team Award from the Adult SICU (VUMC)

     ECMO Team - ELSO Award 2008

    Visit our ECMO website


Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to Extracorporeal Membrabe Oxygenation (ECMO), please visit Work at Vanderbilt to see if there are currently any open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the ECMO:
                 ECMO, heart bypass, lung bypass


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