Transplant Nurse Coordinator - Program Development/Outreach, Full-time, Days
Company: Northwestern Medicine
Posted on: June 13, 2021
At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a
difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first
approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare
industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the
opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter
where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At
Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive
benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k)
matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees.
Ready to join our quest for better?
Transplant Nurse Coordinator
- This position is located in Chicago, IL and does require travel
throughout the Chicagoland area.
Northwestern Medicine's Comprehensive Transplant Center has
committed to a campaign to eliminate transplant disparities for
residents of the greater Chicagoland area in relation to transplant
care for kidney and liver disease. We are dedicated to the
development of a deeper understanding of the historical barriers
and cultural concerns of the community, and strive to work together
with the community to overcome those obstacles. Through our
program, we aim to increase awareness, improve access, and provide
excellent outcomes through outreach; community based participatory
research, and patient and provider education. Enabling our
community through Awareness, Access and Advancement.
In this role, the selected candidate would travel with the
kidney transplant team to community satellite clinics throughout
the Chicago metro area and would be the lead nurse in the kidney
transplant evaluation within the satellite clinics. This role would
also include outreach to dialysis units to educate patients and
professionals regarding kidney transplant options. This position is
a mix of clinical care and outreach. This position also includes
much travel throughout the different Chicago neighborhoods along
with the Greater Chicagoland area.
Our top caregivers and teams are committed to delivering results
that change lives. We seek a highly skilled Transplant Nurse
Coordinator to join our Program Development/Outreach Team.
The Transplant Nurse Coordinator reflects the mission, vision,
and values of NM, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and
Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant
policies, procedures, guidelines, and all other regulatory and
The Transplant Nurse Coordinator is a Registered Nurse with
experience in and knowledge of transplantation and living solid
organ donation. Practicing under the supervision of transplant
surgeons and physicians, the Transplant Nurse Coordinator ensures
coordination of the clinical aspects of transplant patient and
living donor care through out all phases of care. The job duties
vary with the particular setting or assignment. Generally,
Transplant Nurse Coordinators are assigned to kidney and pancreas
intake, liver and small bowel intake, or post transplant.
Transplant Nurse Coordinators may also be designated as the
Independent Living Donor Advocate.
- Applies scientific basis/evidenced-based practice towards
- Complies with changes in clinical practice and standards.
- Participates in data collection when the opportunity is
- Poses relevant clinical questions about practice.
- Consults appropriate experts with practice questions.
Uses appropriate resources to answer evidence-based practice
- Under the supervision of the transplant surgeons and
physicians, functions include:
- Candidate or Intake Phase:
- Assures the performance of studies to determine patients'
- Works cooperatively with social work, psychiatry and patient
financial liaisons to assess patients psychosocial candidacy
including financial concerns.
- Maintains both local and national list of potential transplant
- Assures appropriate documentation of all listed patients is
available to all staff.
- Performs on call responsibilities for those patients awaiting
- Arranges for and communicates about patient admission and
history to appropriate team members.
- Communicates with referring physician and/or dialysis unit as
- Participates in patient and family education.
- Facilitates the informed consent process.
- Assists in the evaluation/selection of living donors.
- Maintains monitoring of patients' status in evaluation and
- Participates in multidisciplinary selection committee.
Participate in various clinic activities appropriate to assigned
- Post transplant - Inpatient Phase:
- Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and rounds.
- Works with staff nurses and pharmacists to assure patient and
- Monitors/follows all diagnostic studies.
- Updates Transplant medical record.
- Maintains communication with referring physicians.
- Educational resource person regarding transplantation for all
- Acts as liaison between patients' families and health care
- Prepares patients for discharge and follow-up.
Prepare records for weekly multi-disciplinary team quality
- Post Discharge Phase:
- Monitors/follows all diagnostic studies.
- Assess, plan and evaluation interventions for patients in the
clinic or remotely.
- Plans, implements and documents patient and family
- Facilitates prescription renewals.
- Evaluates patient health status on a regular basis.
- Communicates patient issues/concerns to transplant
- Coordinates comprehensive care.
Shares On-Call and weekend responsibilities as assigned, in
order to assure RN Coordinator coverage after hours and on
- Independent Living Donor Advocate:
- The Transplant Nurse Coordinator may be designated as the
independent donor advocate. The main purpose of this role is to
ensure the protection of the living donor's rights. The independent
donor advocate(s) is not involved in regularly scheduled, routine
recipient-related transplantation activities. This ensures that
interactions between donors and advocate(s) are not influenced by
any involvement with the recipients. Functions include:
- Acts as an integral part of the phased evaluation of
prospective donors from pre-donation education through to
completion of the informed consent process immediately prior to the
actual donation procedure.
- Involved in continuing medical education in the form of
inpatient rounds, multidisciplinary conference, and in-service
- Maintains documentation of the active participation of the
donor advocate(s) in the prospective donor's medical record.
- Facilitates the informed consent process for prospective
donors. In particular, the advocate(s) provide counsel regarding
the following aspects of the donation process:
- Emotional/psychological assessment including family and other
network support systems.
- External influences on the decision to donate (i.e.
- Medical evaluation including known long-term implications of
- Navigation of the donation process including evaluation,
donation procedure, potential risks and complications, and
- Financial aspects of living donation including potential for
loss of eligibility for health or life insurance and loss of
Alternative options to the potential transplant recipient.
Ensure compliance with research protocols through obtaining
consent, blood work orders and results, recognizing adverse side
effects and documentation in medical records.
- Professional Development:
- Assume responsibility for own continuing education.
- Contribute to nursing and hospital committees as transplant
designate by attending and actively participating on committees or
- UNOS Data submission.
- Communicating with insurance payors as required.
- Participate in new staff orientation.
- Assist in/conduct in-service education for professional staff
within the hospital and network on transplant procedures, trends
- Assist in /conduct community educational programs on
- Participate in outreach programs to patients, and referring
health care providers.
Work with Gift of Hope and other groups to promote organ
- Cares for adolescents, adult and geriatric patients.
- Participation in Quality Management program as assigned.
- IL RN
- Two years of practice as registered nurse.
- Certification (NNCC, ABTC or other ANCC).
- Previous transplant or organ specific experience (i.e.;
Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the
basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender
identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any
other protected status.
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