The Transplant Coordinator is a professional registered nurse and a designated member of the transplant team whose primary responsibilities are directly involved with coordinating the clinical aspects of care. The coordinator works with the patients and their families beginning with the evaluation for transplantation and continuing through and after transplantation, in a compassionate and tactful manner in order to facilitate access to and provide continuity of care. The coordinator also works with the other member of the transplant team including physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, financial coordinators and administrative personnel.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving patient care and the lives of Arkansans.
UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:
Salary offered commensurate with experience
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (list primary functions of the position with the percent of time generally allocated to each; percent of time must equal 100%)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (40%)
1. Attends and participates in the pre transplant education sessions and pre and/or post transplant clinic as assigned.
2. Works effectively with clinic and floor personnel
3. Performs physical assessment if required
4. Follows through, in a timely manner, with orders and protocols for diagnostic studies for recipients and living donors.
5. Assesses diagnostic study results, makes appropriate referrals and coordinates care with other disciplines
6. Provides patient and family education
7. Contributes to the education and acts as the resource person regarding transplantation for all staff nurses, referring physicians and outside agencies.
8. Communicate effectively with referring physicians.
9. Participate in research where appropriate.
10. Attend transplant conference and participate in the patient selection and problem solving related to patient care and the department.
11. Work efficiently and effectively with EHR.
12. Triages patient problems over the phone according to established protocols state regulations and own assessment skills.
13. Coordinates the transplant process to include NMDP for cell acquisition.
14. Understands FACT guidelines, NMDP rules and regulations.
15. Provide continuum of care in the office, unit, and clinic during absences of other coordinators.
16. Provide public and professional education where required
PRE TRANSPLANT PHASE: (55%)
1 Assures the performance of necessary studies to determine a patients candidacy;
2. Participates in both patient and family education;
3. Assists in the evaluation and selection of potential living donors
4. Maintains appropriate monitoring of patients’ status throughout work-up and while on the deceased donor organ transplant waiting list;
5. Works with the financial counselor on insurance issues and requirements;
6. Submits data for listing patients on waiting list ;
POST TRANSPLANT PHASE: (5%)
1. Assumes lead in directing responsibility of all patient and family education;
2. Maintains communication with patients referring physician;
3. Acts as a liaison between patient families and other health care team members;
4. Prepares patients for discharge and outpatient follow-up
5. Assists with triage of post patient calls during office hours and handles appropriately according to established protocol
6. Evaluates post patient laboratory results for abnormalities and follows up appropriately;
7. Assures a smooth transition when patients are referred back to their referring physicians;
Other duties as assigned.
Customer Service: Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines. Assist internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.
Valid AR Registered Nurse license and graduate from an ASBN approved nursing program. Assoc. degree, Bachelors in Nursing, Master's in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. Direct RN Nursing Care experience of 4 years.
Employees in this role must be fitted for, capable of donning and performing routine tasks in personal protective equipment to include N95 masks, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) or Controlled Air Purifying Respirators (CAPR).
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).