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POST DATE 8/16/2016
END DATE 11/18/2016

Methodist Houston, TX

Houston, TX
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Summary

Peri-Operative Period The Transplant Recovery Specialist exhibits knowledge and ability to facilitate recovery, preservation and packaging of organ(s) for transplantation. This includes defining and adhering to the current OPTN/UNOS regulations and allocation policies.

The Specialist:
1. Participates in the organ recovery process according to transplant center protocol. (Service)
2. Communicates with recovery team regarding pending surgical procedure. Arranges transportation of teams/organ to/from donor hospital and transplant center. Coordinates timing of transplant event by frequent communication with OPO, recovery and transplant teams. (Service)
3. Review and obtain hard copies of essential documents in donor operating room, prior to organ recovery (surgical time-out) along with recovering surgeon including: (Quality/Safety) a. Signed consent form for organ donation and recovery of organs b. Pronouncement of death note (signed by pronouncing physician with date/time of pronouncement) c. Donor ABO type (blood bank/lab hard copy result) d. Donor serological testing results (lab hard copy of results) e. Other results as needed: HLA results, Echocardiography hard disk, Biopsy slides
4. Ensures organs and tissue will be recovered to maximize utilization in accordance with OPTN/UNOS policies. Preserves organs and tissue according to OPO and national standards to ensure maximum viability for transplantation. (Quality and Safety)
5. Assures availability of proper instruments, equipment, and supplies during the surgical recovery. Requests the need for sterilization of specialized organ and tissue recovery instruments as required. (Service, Quality/Safety)
6. Assists in surgical recovery procedures as required by specific situation and recovery protocols. (Service)
7. Implements appropriate organ and tissue-specific preservation procedures. Prepares, hangs, monitors, and records type, characteristic and volume of preservation solution(s). (Service, Quality/Safety)
8. Assures adequate tissue typing material is recovered for each organ and tissue and archiving. Assures inclusion of vascular grafts as required with packaged extra renal organs and tissue. (Service)
9. Assures proper packaging and labeling of organs and tissue typing materials according to OPTN/UNOS and OSHA standards. (Quality/Safety)
10. Exhibits ability to remove transplant recipient from list per OPTN/UNOS regulations. (Quality/Safety)

Communication & Documentation 1. Communicates in an active, positive, and effective manner to all health care team members. (People)
2. Assures proper documentation of extra-renal organ and tissue anatomy and abnormal findings. Assures proper documentation of kidney anatomy, measurements, and abnormal findings. (Quality/Safety)
3. Completes all recovery documentation requirements to include, but not limited to logistics documentation, Procurement Verification Form and organ Custody Verification Forms, and TMH Recovery Team Transplant Reporting Record. (Quality/Safety)
4. Assures confidentiality of donor records. Complies with OPO, OPTN/UNOS, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) policies and procedures regarding documentation and maintenanceof records. (Quality/Safety)
5. Maintains and submits accurate data for hospital-based statistics and regulatory agencies such as UNOS/UNET, CMS, and Medicaid in order to ensure proper department financial management, compliance with all governmental reporting requirements, and proper quality outcomes monitoring. These data requirements include, but are not limited to: units of service, recovery logistics tracking, recovery supply management, and UNOS TIEDI forms. (Quality/Safety, Finance)
Other Duties and Responsibilities 1. Demonstrates continuous learning and growth; identifies own learning needs and actively seeks educational opportunities, both formal and informal, to meet those needs. Applies evidence-based practice to daily work, such as reviewing the professional literature and attending professional meetings and sharing with colleagues. Belongs to at least 1 professional organization. (Growth/Innovation)
2. Provides staff and community education in the areas of transplant and organ donation. Participates in department donor awareness events, educational opportunities, and community activities. Coaches and mentors other staff and students; may include preceptorship. (People)
3. Participates and contributes in department initiatives for quality and process/performance improvement. Works in collaboration with team to provide solutions by participating in department projects and shared governance activities. (Growth/Innovation)
4. Contributes to meeting departmental and organ program targets for patient satisfaction, process, quality and safety, and financial measures on departmental dashboard. (People, Service, Quality/Safety, Finance)
5. Presents a professional image at work and all work-related events. Fosters teamwork approach in all interactions with peers and team members. Anticipates needs of other team members; proactively offers assistance. (People)
6. Supportive of change initiatives. Adapts to unexpected changes. Acts as change agent. (Growth/Innovation)
7. Supports and participates in departmental patient experience initiatives. Demonstrates componets of the I CARE values system and Service Pride standards.
8. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor hazards. Complies with national patient safety goals and standards.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate degree in allied health or related field, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Administration (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). Organ Recovery Experience with Surgical First Assistant Certification in lieu of degree.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Minimum 2 years technical work experience in Organ Recovery for an OPO/Transplant center OR Minimum of 5 years operating room experience as a surgical technician.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED cardiopulonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Surgical First Assistant Certification Procurement Specialty Certification Preferred and Required within 2 years of employment.

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED 1. Skilled at managing complex caseload and ability to prioritize/triage responsibilities. 2. Extremely well-organized and detail oriented, self-directed. 3. Excellent interpersonal skills required to deal with diverse patient population.4. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor priority referral Protected Veterans requested.


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