International Transplant Nurses Society

Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter

Welcome

DFW ITNS is committed to the promotion of excellence
in transplant clinical nursing through the provision
of educational and professional growth opportunities,
interdisciplinary networking, collaborative
activities, and transplant nursing research.  We
promote the field of transplant nursing within our
individual transplant centers and throughout this
geographical region.

Goals

To provide a network for the communication among
professional nurses with a focus and commitment to
transplantation.
 

To provide a means of continuing education for
professional nurses with a focus in transplant nursing.
 

To examine new trends in all types of transplant
as it effects patient care and the clinical and
functional role of the nurse.
 

To promote and support research in the field of
transplant nursing.
 

To distribute the results of scientific
investigations among professionals interested in the
area of transplantation.
 

To foster an awareness of ongoing ethical
considerations in the areas of procurement, living
donations, and recipient selection.
 

To do all else that is necessary and proper for
the accomplishment of all of the forgoing or other
proper and lawful purposes and objectives of the
society.

Careers at Southwest Transplant Alliance Click here for more information

Organ Recovery Coordinator II

Full–time: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00 pm; plus a rotating 24 hour call schedule to include weekends. Call requirements include up to 15 days a month.

Locations: Dallas, TX

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibility for day-to-day activities between Texas hospitals and Southwest Transplant Alliance, including comprehensive donor management. Activities include, but are not limited to, being knowledgeable of individual hospital policies related to the donation of all anatomical gifts; able to identify key personnel who are capable of improving and maintaining a hospital's level of participation in facilitating potential organ and tissue donors; and performing activities related to the initial and surgical recovery elements of the donation process. Advancing level responsibilities include facilitating donor management strategies on behalf of Southwest Transplant Alliance, advanced donor management strategies and invasive procedures. The position will also facilitate the general activities required throughout the donor recovery period under the direction of the medical director, clinical manager, and the lead recovery surgeon present in the operating room.

Education & Work Experience Qualifications

  • Associates degree in Nursing or biological science or related experience require. Bachelor’s degree in Science, licensed as a registered nurse or a physician’s assistant, or applicable experience and related training preferred.
  • Minimum of two to three years of critical care experience.
  • Current ACLS certification, or obtained within one year.
  • Excellent communication skills required. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel and to represent the organization publicly.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team required.
  • Ability to cope with high levels of stress and able to handle a heavy workload.
  • Ability to travel in light and commercial aircraft, or drive his/her personal auto in order to meet all job duties and responsibilities. Current Driver’s License is required.
  • Certification as a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator through the American Board for Transplant Certification within 12 months of advancing to Organ Recovery Coordinator II status. (Failure to obtain CPTC will result in demotion to the previously achieved level).

Essential Job Functions

  • Completes Referral training and responds to referrals
  • Creates donor records/inputs data into electronic donor record
  • Participates in case review
  • Gives initial orders and obtains specimens needed for initial donor screening and workup
  • Participates in huddles with health care team as needed prior to approach for donation
  • Approach families as needed for donation authorization
  • Obtains Medical Social History as needed
  • Attends Designated Requestor training annually
  • Provides timely follow-up to hospital staff involved with donor cases
  • Assists with packaging of organs after recovery
  • Proficient in Transplant Connect
  • Comprehensive medical/clinical management of organ donors in the ICU, including but not limited to hemodynamics, electrolyte balance, ventilator management, etc.
  • Allocation of organs to potential recipient transplant centers
  • Communicate/problem solve with internal/external resources and customers
  • Case completion, including management of the operating room process for organ recovery, completion of donor chart, and closing case
  • Participates in Quality initiatives
  • Collaborate with HD for death record review and education as needed

Qualified candidates may submit a resume to Melissa Ford, mford@organ.org.


Please send all Transplant Job Opportunities to: ITNSdfw@gmail.com

Please visit the link below for career opporunities located on the ITNS International website. http://www.itns.org/careeropportunities.html