Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Transplant Coordinator I - Kidney Transplant Operation
Job ID: 729950
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: M-F 8a-4:30p, on-call required
Shift: Day Job
Facility:
Department: Kidney Trans Operation
Location: 201 State St, Erie PA 16550

Description

UPMC Hamot is currently hiring a Full-Time Clinical Transplant Coordinator I to support the Kidney Transplant Department at their UPMC Hamot location in Erie, PA. The shifts are M-F 8a-4:30p, with on-call requirements. 

As a Clinical Transplant Coordinator, you are responsible for coordinating the care of a transplant patient in the various phases of the transplant process. During the evaluation phase, the coordinator assists the patient in scheduling testing and other services that are needed prior to authorizing a transplant. During the wait-list phase, the coordinator ensures the patient’s readiness for transplant by ensuring required testing is being completed as needed, insurance is current, social support is intact, and other tasks as needed. Following transplant in the post-op phase, the coordinator is the primary contact for the patient for any transplant-related issues and acts as the liaison between the patient and the transplant physician. Coordinators develop a strong and trusting relationship with patients, and follow them for the life of their organ.

This Clinical Transplant Coordinator I has the authority, responsibility, and accountability for the delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process.  In collaboration with Clinical Transplant Coordinators IIs, Supervisor, Clinical Transplant Coordinators, the transplant team and other health care professionals, this position applies competent clinical knowledge and skills to achieve quality care outcomes. Candidates for this position must demonstrate the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to provide care that is relevant to patients under their care, as well as apply principles of growth and development over the life span. The Clinical Transplant Coordinator I also must possess the ability to assess and interpret patient data needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age specific needs.

Responsibilities:

PERI-OPERATIVE PERIOD
  • Participates in transplant process according to UPMC protocol. 
  • Reviews potential recipient's current medical status to determine eligibility for transplant.
  • Facilitates admission or transfer to UPMC. 
  • Communicates with organ procurement agency/ORC and collects the appropriate data necessary for decision making re organ acceptance/rejection for transplant as applicable. 
  • Exhibits ability to remove transplant recipient from the list per 
  • UNOS regulations as applicable.
POST-TRANSPLANT/VAD IN-PATIENT PERIOD 
  • Monitors patient progress post-transplant. 
  • Educates recipient and family regarding care and responsibilities after transplantation. 
  • Collaborates with transplant team to establish and implement patient plan of care.
POST-TRANSPLANT/VAD OUT-PATIENT PERIOD 
  • Identifies and responds to recipient and family needs in post-transplant phase. 
  • Reinforces educational and follow-up requirements. 
  • Collects and reviews data pertinent to recipient's health and organ function. 
  • Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of recipient's progress. 
  • Implements changes in drug therapy as ordered by physician. 
  • Arranges for consultations, diagnostic procedures, and hospitalization when indicated. 
  • Maintains communication with referring physician and other health care providers. 
  • Assesses recipient's compliance with medications and medical regime; collaborates with transplant/VAD team to attain and maintain compliance.
PRE-TRANSPLANT/VAD PERIOD 
  • Develops and institutes a teaching plan addressing transplant candidates learning needs. 
  • Maintains communication with patient and referring physician. 
  • Recognizes potential problems and/or significant changes during the waiting period and coordinates required care. 
  • Acts as a resource person for internal and external health care providers. 
  • Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of candidate process. 
  • Exhibits ability to maintain and update candidate listing status per UNOS regulations as applicable.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 
  • Obtains ABTC Certification. 
  • Attends practice-related conferences. 
  • Participates in educational and outreach activities. 
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction. 
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to manager. 
  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs. 
  • Participates in self-review as requested by manager. 
  • Responsible for adhering to On-Call schedule.
TRANSPLANT/VAD REFERRAL AND EVALUATION 
  • Identifies appropriate transplant candidates upon referral and interacts with appropriate hospital staff. 
  • Identifies requirements for candidate evaluation. 
  • Coordinates the evaluation process for potential transplant candidates with the multidisciplinary team. 
  • Functions as candidate advocate by applying knowledge of growth, development, educational and cultural background during candidate and family interaction. 
  • Provides data to regulatory agencies. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of compliance with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) policies and listing requirements.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years recent clinical nursing experience. 
  • Demonstrated competence in professional nursing practice. 
  • Diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing. 
  • BSN preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse. 
  • Within 2 years must obtain certification from the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) as a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC) upon eligibility and as mandated by Pennsylvania Law in order to be promoted to Clinical Transplant Coordinator II.
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $20.60 to $35.43

Union Position: No

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