Transplant Coordinator - Duke Hospital - Heart Transplant

  • Requisition Number: 401524520
  • Department: DUKE HOSPITAL
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Shift: First/Day
  • Specialty: Transplant
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Transplant Coordinator – Duke University Hospital – Day Shift

Duke University Health System- Duke University Hospital seeks to hire an experienced Transplant Coordinator who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.


Department Profile:
The Transplant Department at Duke University Hospital is active in delivering exemplary care for each patient to ensure an excellent patient experience, every time.

The Heart Transplant Program at Duke University Hospital is an active program, transplanting 70+ patients per year while delivering exemplary care for each patient to ensure excellent patient experiences and outcomes.

The Transplant Coordinator will work with Heart transplant patients during all phases of transplant. The coordinator will be part of a multidisciplinary team to include seven adult Heart coordinators and one pediatric Heart coordinator. The Transplant Coordinator will provide advanced nursing care for patients before and after heart transplantation along the continuum of outpatient to inpatient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Transplant Coordinator will coordinate the evaluation process for pre-transplant (referral) patients to ensure effective use of hospital and clinical resources. The Transplant Coordinator assesses post-transplant organ function and general health status and collaboratively determines need for additional assessment or intervention based on program protocols and workflows. The Transplant Coordinator provides on-call coverage, including coordination of activities prior to transplant and medical triage for out patients in collaboration with the physician on-call. The Transplant Coordinator organizes the transplantation process when a donor is available (24hours/7 days a week) including communication between physicians, local organ procurement organization, patient/families and the medical team involved including ED, OR, ICU (SICU, ACU), blood bank and histocompatibility labs. The Transplant Coordinator completes necessary documentation according to CMS and the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) guidelines to include listing, status changes, and post-transplant follow-up information. The Transplant Coordinator communicates with multidisciplinary team members, patients, and families in a timely manner concerning patient care/issues.

This is a salaried position that does require rotational weekends and holidays when covering on call. This position does extensive patient assessment in clinic environment, phone triage, and patient education to ensure exemplary care.

Work Hours & Shifts: Monday – Friday, hours per program practice.
Full Time: Day shift, call required, rotational weekends and holidays.


Occupational Summary
The Transplant Coordinator coordinates solid organ (heart, lung, heart- lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, and multi-organ) transplantation of all pediatric and adult organ recipients. The Transplant Coordinator provides follow-up and care across the continuum from pre-transplant, during transplant and post transplant. S/he collaborates with members of the health care team to enhance patient care by developing, supporting and educating nursing staff. S/he is a clinician, educator, investigator, consultant and leader. S/he makes clinical judgments based upon a synthesis of current research, concepts, principles, theories, and outcomes to solve complex problems. The Transplant Coordinator is an integral member of a larger interdisciplinary team contributing to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and in providing leadership to the organization.
Work Performed
Clinical Practice 1. Provides advanced nursing care for patients before and after solid-organ transplantation including heart, kidney, kidney-pancreas, liver and lung along the continuum of outpatient to inpatient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2. Coordinates evaluation process for pre-transplant (referral) patients to ensure effective use of hospital and clinical resources. 3. Assesses post-transplant organ function and general health status and collaboratively determines need for additional assessment or intervention. 4. Facilitates the scheduling of studies or procedures for diagnostic purposes utilizing fiscal responsibility for patient and hospital costs. 5. Participates in the development and implementation of protocol and standards of care for the transplant patient in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. 6. Assists nurses and other staff to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of the transplant patient. 7. Monitors the process and outcomes of routine care to determine quality improvement need. 8. Provides on-call coverage, including coordination of activities prior to transplant, and as medical triage for out patients in collaboration with the physician on-call. 9. Coordinates transplantation process when a donor is available (24 hours/7 days a week) including communication between physicians, local organ procurement organization, patient/families and the medical team involved including ED, OR, ICU (SICU, ACU), blood bank and histocompatilbility labs. 10. Completes necessary documentation according to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) guidelines including listing, status changes and post-transplant follow-up information. 11. Communicates with multidisciplinary team members and patients and families in a timely manner in regard to patient care/issues. 12. Collaborates with PRM and other team members in coordinating discharge plans for patients pre-transplant or post-transplant including referral to home health / IV therapy / Hospice / Rehab / SNF. 13. Communicates with insurer case manager on an as needed basis. 14. Refers patients or families for assistance utilizing health system and community resources as appropriate. 15. Maintains patient transplant record with current data to facilitate communication.
Teacher/Educator: 1. Educates patients along the continuum to assist understanding of processes and procedures surrounding pre- and post-transplant issues. 2. Develops patient education materials or identifies external resources that are appropriate for patient education in all phases of transplantation care. 3. Educates nurses and other multidisciplinary team members about patient care issues to promote positive outcomes for transplant patients. 4. Provides education and consultation about transplantation, and organ donations for the Duke Health System, public organizations or referral centers/practices. 5. Serves as a resource person/preceptor in organ transplant for graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. 6. Participates or leads team conferences, rounds, or meetings in relation to care of the transplant patient or program issues.

Research Utilization and Scholarly Inquiry: 1. Interprets research and published data to nursing staff and colleagues concerning current issues in transplantation including those of a clinical, legal, ethical and economic nature. 2. Incorporates research relating to the care of transplant patients into evidence-based practice while collaboratively determining appropriateness with the medical team. 3. Identifies areas for study and participates in and/or designs and conducts research. 4. Disseminates findings or information through professional publications and/or presentations.

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