Job Ref: 26242
Talent Area: RN - Transplant
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030
Area/Department: Transplant-Pre Lung
Employment Type: Regular
Job Type: Full-Time
Organization: Houston Methodist
Work Shift: DAYWork Week
Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.
Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital’s Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to the Performance Evaluation.
PEOPLE – 10%
1. Communicates in an active, positive, and effective manner to all health care team members and reports pertinent patient care and family data in a comprehensive and unbiased manner, listens and responds to the ideas of others.
2. Communicates with candidate, referring physicians, other health care providers, payors, and transplant team members regarding the candidate’s status and evaluation outcome and maintains communication while candidate on waitlist.
3. Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients and families and communicates the plan of care. Identifies and responds to the clinical, psychosocial and economic needs of the transplant patient/family/caregiver during evaluation, waiting, and pre-operative transplant phases.
4. Provides staff and community education in the areas of transplant and organ donation. Participates in department donor awareness events, educational opportunities, and community activities.
5. Presents a professional image at work and all work-related events. Fosters teamwork approach in all interactions with peers and team members. Anticipates needs of other team members; proactively offers assistance.
6. Contributes to meeting departmental and organ program targets for patient satisfaction measures on departmental dashboard.
FINANCE – 10%
1. Maintains and submits accurate data for hospital-based statistics and regulatory agencies such as UNOS/UNET, CMS, and Medicaid in order to ensure proper department financial management.
2. Contributes to meeting departmental and organ program financial measures on departmental dashboard.
QUALITY/SAFETY – 35%
1. Identifies appropriate candidate upon referral and interacts with appropriate staff. Identifies requirements for candidate evaluation.
2.Identifies possible co-morbidities in the transplant candidate and evaluates as indicated. Identifies absolute and relative contraindications to transplantation. Communicates all findings with transplant team.
3.Demonstrates knowledge of, and compliance with, CMS Conditions of Participation and OPTN/UNOS policies and listing requirements. Provides data to OPTN/UNOS for listing statistics (Candidate Registration Form).
4.Recognizes potential problems, abnormal diagnostic findings, and/or significant changes during the waiting phase, coordinating required care. (Quality/Safety)
5. Exhibits ability to maintain and update candidate listing status per OPTN/UNOS regulations.
6.Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of evaluation process, candidate progress while on waitlist, and donor/recipient transplant information.
7.Maintains and submits accurate data for hospital-based statistics and regulatory agencies such as UNOS/UNET, CMS, and Medicaid in order to ensure compliance with all governmental reporting requirements, and proper quality outcomes monitoring.
8.Contributes to meeting departmental and organ program targets for quality and safety, on departmental dashboard.
SERVICE – 30%
1. Coordinates with multidisciplinary team the evaluation process for potential transplant candidate, including, but not limited to :
a. Medical/Surgical evaluation
b. Psychosocial evaluation
c. Educational assessment
d. Laboratory evaluation including serologies, tissue typing, and antibodies per protocol
e. Radiological evaluation
f. Nutritional evaluation
2. Establishes mutual educational goals with patient and family/caregivers and provides education and appropriate resources regarding:
· Living donation options (if applicable to organ)
· Evaluation process
· OPTN/UNOS regulations
· Organ allocation
· Waiting phase
· Transplant Process
· Risk/benefits, including utilization of expanded donors, high-risk donors, if applicable
· Post-operative phase including immunosuppressive therapy and effects
· Potential research protocols of the transplant program
· Candidate/Family/Caregiver responsibility throughout the transplant process
3. Collects and evaluates medical, psychosocial, and financial data for review by transplant team in the patient selection committee.
4. Ensures patient and referring physician are informed in writing of transplant listing, denial, or postponement. Informs and educates patient/family/caregiver at time of listing.
5. Ensures antibody screen is obtained regularly per transplant center protocol (if applicable to organ). Maintains routine health maintenance and surveillance for malignancy during the waiting period. Identifies the need for candidate re-evaluation and initiates when appropriate.
6. Participates in transplant event process according to transplant center protocol.
7. Contributes to meeting departmental and organ program targets for process on departmental dashboard.
GROWTH/INNOVATION – 15%
1. Demonstrates continuous learning and growth; identifies own learning needs and actively seeks educational opportunities, both formal and informal, to meet those needs. Applies evidence-based practice to daily work, such as reviewing the professional literature and attending professional meetings and sharing with colleagues
2. Participates and contributes in department initiatives for quality and process/performance improvement.
3. Supportive of change initiatives. Adapts to unexpected changes. Acts as change agent.
This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Registered Nurse, Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum 4 years nursing experience required. ICU experience preferred. Previous transplant acute care experience is an asset. Prior Transplant Coordinator experience not required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
Registered nurse with current Texas license
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Skilled at managing complex patient caseload and ability to prioritize/triage based on patient status.
Extremely well-organized and detail oriented, self-directed.
Excellent interpersonal skills required to deal with diverse patient population.
Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.
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