Apheresis Registered Nurse I

Req ID #:  139535

Memphis, TN, US, 38104

For over 40 years, HemaCare, a Charles River company, has worked to making a positive impact on the world by providing the highest quality cellular material and services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies and research organizations that are performing innovative research and developing novel cell-based therapies.

We recognize that our success depends on the vision and passion of our employees; that is why we are devoted to making HemaCare a rewarding and valuable place to work. We believe in making a difference, and at HemaCare, you will make a difference every day.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.  

Job Summary

The Registered Nurse I will assume responsibility for the daily activities involved in the collection of plateletpheresis, leukapheresis, and whole blood. Assist Donor Room Manager by providing direction to staff to ensure a smooth operation and efficient production of blood products. Must be able to interact with various departments to ensure integrity and quality of daily processes.


Essential Responsibilities:
•    Utilize applicable aseptic techniques to plan, perform, and chart the following procedures in accordance with policies and procedures.
•    Automate plateletpheresis and leukapheresis including set-up, run, quality control, troubleshooting and routine maintenance.
•    White blood cell collections and other special procedures as required.
•    Whole blood procedures.
•    Make appropriate adjustments to apheresis machines based on product integrity and physical status of donor.
•    Expertise in venous access, identification, and treatment of donor reactions
•    Expertise in blood donor medical history.
•    Expertise in assessment of laboratory reports.
•    Appropriate handling of information regarding positive test results.
•    Ability to understand and correctly use the Blood Establishment Computer Software (BECS).
•    Review and assist staff with the evaluation, management, and documentation of donor reactions, post donation reports, risk management reports and customer complaint forms.
•    Provide technical and clinical guidance to staff.
•    Preparation of all paperwork related to daily production.

Job Qualifications

•    Minimum of 2 years acute care nursing experience.
•    3 years previous blood banking, apheresis and phlebotomy experience preferred. 
•    Associates degree in a healthcare required. BSN preferred.
•    Must have current Tennessee RN licensure.
•    Current BLS certification.
•    Must have good phlebotomy technique including the ability to assess the status of venous integrity, signs, and symptoms of citrate sensitivity, alterations in vasomotor state and fluid volume and inadequate coagulation of extracorporeal circuit.
•    Blood Establishment Computer Software (BECS) experience, preferred.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition (crrecruitment_US@crl.com) so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About HemaCare 
HemaCare, a Charles River company, is a global leader and trusted brand in the customization of human-derived biological products and services for biomedical research, drug discovery, and cell and gene therapy development. HemaCare’s vertically integrated solutions support preclinical research, clinical studies from phases 1 to 3, and commercialization with high-quality RUO and GMP-compliant starting material and apheresis collections. 

In January 2020, HemaCare was acquired by Charles River Laboratories, an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). Combined with Charles River’s integrated, early-stage portfolio of discovery, safety assessment, and manufacturing support services, the acquisition creates a unique, comprehensive solution for researchers and cell therapy developers and manufacturers worldwide to help accelerate their critical programs from basic research and proof-of-concept to regulatory approval and commercialization. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs and enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market. We work closely with our clients throughout the clinical process to maximize success and drive positive clinical outcomes. 

Together, with over 17,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At HemaCare, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. We have proudly supported the development of 100% of the current commercially available FDA-approved immunocellular therapies. Our mission is to provide a best-in-class portfolio of high quality, customizable human cellular material and services to support drug discovery, scientific research, and cell therapy. This resonates from our employees and impacts our customers because we know that every day is an opportunity to advance discoveries and make a difference in someone’s life. 

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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