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Post Transplant Coordinator I – Heart Transplant – Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston Methodist

This is a Full-time position in Houston, TX posted June 10, 2021.

JOB SUMMARYAt Houston Methodist, the Post Transplant Coordinator I position is a licensed staff nurse who demonstrates the ability to continuously progress in skill to care for increasingly complex patients, receiving coaching from experienced Transplant Coordinators and management, benefiting from their practice. The position functions at the Advanced Beginner to Competent stage according to Benner's model of clinical practice, participating in department initiatives, facilitating and coordinating all aspects of the peri-operative and post-transplant phases of transplantation. The Post Transplant Coordinator I position interacts with all members of multi-disciplinary transplant team to ensure coordination of care for the post-transplant patient. This position demonstrates clinical knowledge and competence when providing care, as appropriate, using technology, and managing emergencies, acting as a patient and family advocate to monitor and maintain patient rights. The Post Transplant Coordinator I position communicates and collaborates with the physicians and interprofessional health care team to facilitate and maintain compassionate, efficient, quality care and achievement of desired treatment outcomes.PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIESJob responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.PEOPLE – 15%* Communicates in an active, positive, and effective manner with all transplant team members, patients, referring physicians, and other health care providers; reports pertinent patient care and family data in a comprehensive and unbiased manner; communicates patient's status; and maintains communication as needed post-transplant. (EF)* 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 pre-operative, hospital, and post-transplant phases. (EF)* Fosters teamwork approach in all interactions with peers and team members. Anticipates needs of other team members; proactively offers assistance. Contributes to meeting department score for turnover/retention/employee satisfaction/engagement on unit-based scorecard. (EF)SERVICE – 30%* Follows the patient and family-centered care standards, as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document. Assists with interprofessional team discharge planning for the transplant recipient to provide for recipient's continuity of care. (EF)* Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles. Establishes mutual educational goals with patient and family/caregivers and provides education and appropriate resources regarding (EF):* Vital signs, diet, and activity* Frequency of follow-up visits and lab studies* Reporting abnormalities to transplant center/primary care provider* Signs and symptoms of rejections/infection* Medications (purpose, dosage, frequency, and side effects)* Explanation of procedures required for follow-up* Need for periodic follow-up at transplant center* Importance of recipient/family/caregiver's commitment to transplant medical and medication regimen* Importance of well-care (i.e. immunizations, mammography, pap smears, and colonoscopy)* Voluntary option of, and the process for, written communication to the donor family* Collects and reviews data pertinent to recipients' health and organ function per protocol and as needed in follow-up. Communicates lab data and diagnostic results to transplant physician/health care provider. Implements changes in drug/treatment therapy as ordered by transplant physicians. Arranges for consultations, diagnostic procedures, and hospitalization when indicated. Maintains communication with referring physician. (EF)* Participates in transplant event process according to transplant center protocol, as applicable. Contributes to meeting department and organ program targets for process on department dashboard. (EF)QUALITY/SAFETY – 30%* Monitors patient progress post-transplant identifies complications and considers interventions with the transplant team. Collaborates with nursing staff, social workers, and other health care providers to establish and implement patient care plan according to current standards of care. (EF)* Recognizes potential problems, abnormal diagnostic findings, and/or significant changes during the post-transplant phase, coordinating required care. (EF)* Maintains and updates recipient status per Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/ United Network of Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) regulations. Maintains comprehensive documentation of donor/recipient transplant information and recipient's progress post transplantation. Complies with and is knowledgeable of OPTN/UNOS policies and listing requirements. Monitors and submits accurate data for hospital-based statistics and regulatory agencies such as OPTN/UNOS/CMS and Medicaid to ensure compliance with all governmental reporting requirements, and proper quality outcomes monitoring. Contributes to meeting department and organ program targets for quality, compliance and safety, on department dashboard. (EF)FINANCE – 10%* Validates patient's insurance authorization for applicable diagnostic testing, ensuring documentation of applicable clinical activities for department charge capture and proper department financial management. (EF)* Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members. Contributes to meeting department and organ program financial measures on department dashboard. (EF)GROWTH/INNOVATION – 15%* Participates in transplant-specific continuous learning and growth. Applies evidence-based practice to daily work, such as reviewing the professional literature and attending professional meetings and sharing with colleagues. Identifies own learning needs and actively seeks educational opportunities, both formal and informal, to meet those needs. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)* Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance improvement projects. Contributes in department initiatives for quality and process improvement. (EF)This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS* Bachelor of Science degree or higher from an accredited School of NursingEXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS* Four years nursing experience* Previous transplant acute care and/or ICU experience preferredCERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED* Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements.* American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)