University of Rochester Organ Procurement Coordinator in Rochester, New York

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Organ Procurement Org

Schedule

VARIES; WKENDS/HOL

Responsibilities

Summary

The Organ Procurement Coordinator (OPC) actively supports the mission and goals of Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. The OPC responds to potential organ donor referrals at area hospitals, evaluates potential organ donors and offers the opportunity of donation to potential donor families with the desired result of consent for donation; allocates donated organs/tissues to transplant centers and/or tissue banks; coordinates multi-organ/tissue recovery procedures; promotes awareness and education about organ and tissue donation to healthcare professionals and the general public through hospital development and community outreach.

Specific Responsibilities

Under general direction with latitude for independent judgment and initiative:

Clinical On Call Procedures:

Local referrals and donors and organ imports

  • Responds to organ donor referrals by traveling to donor hospitals to assess and evaluate potential organ donors and determine medical suitability for organ and/or tissue donation through laboratory studies, medical record review; physical assessment and obtaining med/soc history.
  • Rounds on open case and communicates any changes with the on call AOC and / or Medical Directors regarding donation potential
  • Communicates with physicians and other health care team members to obtain information about the patient’s hospital course and family’s understanding of the patient’s condition.
  • Consults and collaborates with hospital and medical staff to provide optimal medical management of potential donors and to maximize organ suitability for transplantation.
  • Works with health care team members to ensure that each family/authorized party is offered the opportunity of organ and tissue donation at the appropriate time and in a compassionate and respectful manner; provides information about the donation process so that the family/authorized party can make an informed decision in support of donation; provides support to families as needed.
  • Completes consent form and obtains medical/social history once willingness to donate is identified.
  • Maintains and manages donors in accordance with FLDRN protocols to optimize organ function.
  • Provides appropriate medical information about each potential donor’s organ function to personnel at designated transplant center(s) according to the OPTN/UNOS match run list; complies with OPTN/UNOS, New York State and FLDRN organ allocation policies.
  • Following organ allocation makes transportation arrangements (ground and air) for local and visiting surgical teams to travel to the donor hospital; communicates with OR staff to arrange for scheduled OR time; and notifies the preservation team.
  • Prepares the Operating Room staff for the recovery procedure; facilitates the arrival of the visiting surgeons; assists with obtaining temporary privileges, supplies, and equipment needed for surgery.
  • Prepares appropriate operative notes and medical examiner forms for completion by the procuring surgeons.
  • Coordinates and monitors surgical recovery in the operating room
  • Coordinates and communicates with all ancillary services related to recovery activity, such as medical examiner/coroners and/or pathologists as appropriate.
  • Provides appropriate medical information about each potential tissue donor to the appropriate tissue and/or eye bank(s).
  • Coordinates and communicates with transplant surgeons on all import organs; arranges transportation for incoming organs; participates as needed in the recovery of accepted organs.
  • Completes all FLDRN paperwork and all fields in iTransplant associated with local donor referrals, organ donors, organ import offers and imported organs accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Provides written feedback following recovery to all involved health care professionals, ancillary personnel and other agencies through the HD staff.
  • Presents post donor conferences (if applicable)
  • Keeps current on existing clinical policies and procedures
  • Displays a caring and courteous attitude atall times, represents FLDRN in a positive manner; demonstrates regard for the dignity and respect of all patients, donor families and other agencies.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information related to patents, donor families and other agencies
  • Maintains proper attitude, attendance and punctuality to ensure that the hospital or FLDRN are operated in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Works to promote and participate in a team approach with other staff members in order to succeed with FLDRN goals.

Hospital Development

  • Responsible for performing medical record reviews in assigned hospitals according to assigned schedule.
  • Performs routine hospital visits as assigned by the AOC.
  • Responsible for providing FLDRN sponsored professional education and in-service programs within assigned hospitals for the nursing, medical and ancillary staff when requested by HD department.
  • Assists with development and implementation of specific professional education programs to meet hospital needs.
  • Supports the implementation of organ and tissue procurement protocols and procedures within service area hospitals.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attends mandatory continuing staff education and required meetings.
  • Maintains updated knowledge of UNOS policy and other regulations.
  • Participates in special events related to FLDRN objectives, i.e. Organ & Tissue Awareness month, support groups, and any other activities identified.
  • Serves as liaison with designated related groups such as RETB, FLETB, MTF, Donate Life America, etc.
  • Assists and supports the development of abstracts and research projects.

Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or Physician's Assistant (Preferred R.N. licensed in New York State) and two to three years’ experience in Critical Care Nursing desired; or an LPN, EMT or Paramedic with a minimum of two years critical care, operating room, trauma or similar experience. Current certification in CPR, ACLS and PALS preferred; previous management experience a plus; must possess excellent critical thinking and creative problem solving skills as well as a high level of maturity, stamina and self-motivation. Must successfully pass the certification examination for Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) conducted by the American Board for Transplant Certification by second anniversary of hire date; there after maintains CPTC certification through the continuing education points for the Transplant Coordinators CPTC program or re-examination.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Organ Procurement Coordinator

Location: Strong Memorial Hospital

Job ID: 202715

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time