The Organ Preservation Specialist is responsible for procurement activities related to the surgical removal, preservation, and distribution of organs.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
DONOR COORDINATION AND ORGAN RECOVERY
Maintains an on-call schedule of approximately twelve to fifteen 24-hour call days per month (50% call).
Strong working knowledge of operating room etiquette and sterile technique.
Ability to coordinate the organ recovery process, make appropriate decisions and effectively communicate with appropriate parties.
Ability to recognize and identify normal anatomy.
Ability to flush, package and label all organs according to policies and procedures.
Basic knowledge of donor management and assist with management of the donor in the operating room.
Basic knowledge of federal, state and industry laws/regulations related to organ recovery including OPTN, CMS, and OSHA.
Ability to place kidneys on, and remove them from, the pump with minimal oversight.
Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with internal MTN staff, hospital staff, transplant center partners, and others involved in the donation process.
Ability to conduct appropriate face-to-face interactions with donor families, if needed.
Serves as resource to recovery surgeons on SOPs and recovery protocols.
Assists surgeon with surgical recovery as needed.
Participation in organ import process.
Provides surgical support to transplant centers as needed in the living donation process.
Assists with Tissue recovery when needed.
Completion of QA and QI processes as required by MTN Policies and Procedures.
Conducts post donor follow-up with hospitals, transplant centers, and donor families as needed.
Maintenance of donation information in MTN database and UNET.
QUALIFICATIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Undergraduate degree in Biological Science, Nursing, P.A., or Allied Health or equivalent experience required. Otherwise, two to three years’ experience in organ and tissue procurement.
OR process knowledge and excellent knowledge of sterilization techniques.
Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week and participate in 24-hour call. Must be available on non-call days during normal business hours. Required to work for extended periods of time with few breaks.
Must maintain a valid driver’s license in accordance with MTN motor vehicle policy. Must have reliable personal automobile transportation to be used with company reimbursement using IRS guidelines. Must be able to travel within the service area by ground or air.
Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to function independently and collaboratively; demonstrated problem-solving and creative thinking skills and well-developed personal stress management skills.
Ability to lift 50 pounds and transfer short distances.
Possess ability to operate telephones, computers and surgical equipment.
Ability to speak and communicate clearly in order to accurately convey information to donor families, hospital staff and transplant/procurement personnel in person or by phone.
OSHA Category I – Exposed regularly to bloodborne pathogens while performing assigned job duties. Bloodborne pathogens protection is required.
Home internet and wireless phone access may be required.
Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) has been connecting lives in Kansas and western Missouri since 1973. As a federally certified, not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO), we work with organ, eye, and tissue donors, their families, hospitals, and other professional partners to extend legacies, provide hope and give life. Together with our partners and volunteers (“Ambassadors”), we are dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Our mission: Saving lives by honoring the gift of organ and tissue donation with dignity and compassion
Our vision: Leading organ and tissue donation through excellence, quality and partnerships
Our reach and capabilities are continuously expanding. In addition to organ procurement, we offer laboratory testing as well as tissue recovery in our state-of-the-art surgical suite at our headquarters in Westwood, Kansas. Our headquarters also features a dedicated communications center to provide rapid, 24/7 response on referrals from our hospital partners.
MTN ranks in the top 10% in the country among OPOs (according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services measures). Our ranking ref...lects our high standards and strong relationships with our professional partners throughout the region. The result of our lifesaving work can be seen every day in the communities we serve and in the recipients whose lives have been enriched by the generosity of our donors.