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Become A Transplant Coordinator

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Working As A Transplant Coordinator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Transplant Coordinator Do At Ascension Health

* Collects and evaluates data regarding transplant recipients and donors, and applies accepted selection criteria to assess suitability for transplant.
* Coordinates pre-operative care.
* Monitors, evaluates and documents operative and post-operative organ function and complications.
* Coordinates post-operative care, rehabilitation and assessments.
* Develops and implements educational activities regarding organ donation and transplantation for the benefit of patients, donors, healthcare staff and the community.
* Records and compiles data for reporting and research purposes.
* Assists with development and implementation of organization's transplant policies and procedures

What Does A Transplant Coordinator Do At UPMC

* Participates in transplant/VAD process according to UPMC protocol.
* Reviews potential recipient's current medical status to determine eligibility for transplant.
* Facilitates admission or transfer to UPMC.
* Communicates with organ procurement agency/ORC and collects the appropriate data necessary for decision making re organ acceptance/rejection for transplant as applicable.
* Exhibits ability to remove transplant recipient from the list per UNOS regulations as applicable.
* Monitors patient progress post-transplant.
* Educates recipient and family regarding care and responsibilities after transplantation.
* Collaborates with transplant/VAD team to establish and implement patient plan of care
* Identifies and responds to recipient and family needs in post-transplant/VAD phase.
* Reinforces educational and follow-up requirements.
* Collects and reviews data pertinent to recipient's health and organ function.
* Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of recipient's progress.
* Implements changes in drug therapy as ordered by physician.
* Arranges for consultations, diagnostic procedures, and hospitalization when indicated.
* Maintains communication with referring physician and other health care providers.
* Assesses recipient's compliance with medications and medical regime; collaborates with transplant/VAD team to attain and maintain compliance.
* Develops and institutes a teaching plan addressing transplant/VAD candidates learning needs.
* Maintains communication with patient and referring physician.
* Recognizes potential problems and/or significant changes during the waiting period and coordinates required care.
* Acts as a resource person for internal and external health care providers.
* Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of candidate process.
* Exhibits ability to maintain and update candidate listing status per UNOS regulations as applicable.
* Obtains ABTC Certification.
* Attends practice-related conferences.
* Participates in educational and outreach activities.
* Constructively receives feedback and direction.
* Identifies and communicates learning needs to manager.
* Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.
* Participates in self-review as requested by manager.
* Responsible for adhering to On
* Call schedule.
* Identifies appropriate transplant/VAD candidates upon referral and interacts with appropriate hospital staff.
* Identifies requirements for candidate evaluation.
* Coordinates the evaluation process for potential transplant/VAD candidates with the multidisciplinary team.
* Functions as candidate advocate by applying knowledge of growth, development, educational and cultural background during candidate and family interaction.
* Provides data to regulatory agencies.
* Demonstrates knowledge of compliance with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) policies and listing requirements.
* Qualifications
* years recent clinical nursing experience.
* Demonstrated competence in professional nursing practice.
* Diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing.
* BSN preferred.
* Transplant, ICU, or floor RN experience preferred

What Does A Transplant Coordinator Do At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

* Maintains the appropriate required documentation of physician orders, communications pertaining to the process and patient medical management in the progress note, flow sheet entry, and Filemaker Pro database.
* Maintains the Last Word database patient roster(s); maintains the patient medical record and patient confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA regulations; completes the UNOS Transplant Recipient Registration (TRR) form after a candidate receives a transplant; ensures that the flow sheet is complete and accurate regarding data required for completion of the UNOS forms by database assistant; assists in collecting transplant related statistics; participates in the transplant program Quality Improvement Process; responsible for collaboration with affiliated transplant agencies and other transplant centers; educates the community about organ donation in conjunction with the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN); participates in orientation of new hires in the transplant coordinator role.
* On
* Call Responsibilities (Donor Retrieval and After
* Hours Patient Calls): Participates in the coordination of all cadaveric organ donors for liver, kidney and pancreas organ retrievals in conjunction with UNOS and the Organ Procurement Agency (OPO) involved at the point of donor origin; accesses the current candidate wait lists and the database, and assists the Transplant Fellow and Attending Surgeon in the selection of a recipient; contacts the selected recipient(s), makes the offer to the recipient, and communicates back to the surgeon if declined, or patient has symptoms requiring assessment (if accepted, makes all necessary arrangements for the admission per the check list); notifies the appropriate hospital departments of the planned transplant surgery per checklist; notifies the on-call Histocompatibility technician of combined transplants; ensures that the appropriate blood and tissue specimens are sent for the cross match testing; receives cross match results as needed and communicates result to the surgeon; coordinates all arrangements in conjunction with UNOS for imported organs; coordinates transport of organ to another center if received to, but not used by, Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC); completes documentation on donor log and check lists, and submits log(s) to Business Manager and Clinical Supervisor; inquiries regarding the possibility of CryoLife heart retrieval with each adult donor; reports off after 24 hour on-call shift at 9 am to next nurse on-call.
* Acts to facilitate the coordination of the transplant surgery as called upon and as appropriate while on-call; functions as the afterhours contact team member for transplant patients; follows-up on tests/diagnostics as needed via report from post-transplant kidney team and/or the patient.
* Post
* Transplant: Monitors and assesses all post-transplant labs, tests, and medications, and ensures that standing lab orders are kept current; notifies physician in a timely manner of abnormal diagnostic tests, out-of-range lab values, and new/worsening patient symptoms; completes the "discharge letter" and sends out the discharge packet to the primary care physician at an appropriate post-transplant interval; reinforces the inpatient discharge teaching regarding post-operative signs and symptoms of complications, infection, and rejection; directs activity in Transplant Clinic to ensure efficient workflow, patient rooming, and performs clinical assessments/minor procedures as appropriate in a clinic setting; maintains long-term follow-up with patient and referring physician until patient becomes inactive with the program; acts as a resource to community physicians and health care workers regarding long-term medical management of the transplant patient.
* Pre
* Transplant: Interviews and performs intake referral on potential recipients and their family/significant other; assesses patient and family/significant other perceptions of physical, emotional, and psychological implications of transplantation; participates in the initial educational process for patient candidates; contacts referring physicians for necessary patient information and keeps them current regarding patient's transplant status and communicates this information to the transplant surgeon/physician to expedite the evaluation process; provides the patient's financial/insurance information to the Patient Admitting Department; lists patient on transplant waiting list maintained by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS); communicates acceptance into the program to the patient/support person; sends out patient information packet; monitors all accepted candidates waiting for transplantation under protocols; attends to transplant issues in the Transplant Clinic.
* Minimum Qualifications
* Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying

What Does A Transplant Coordinator Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Coordinates case management to include, but not limited to, continuity of care, inpatient and outpatient care, utilization management, transfer coordination, discharge planning, travel and lodging needs, patient and family education specific to transplant related care and in-patient concurrent review.
* Facilitates an effective and efficient case management process that integrates a multitude of services together to ensure that a comprehensive system for care is in place, where patients are appropriately managed through the continuum of care, resources both internally and externally are appropriately utilized and successful outcomes are achieved.
* Utilizes the nursing process to identify barriers to care and select appropriate solutions from potential options for intervention, based on a set of complex and individual patient needs.
* This includes identifying cultural and linguistic needs and incorporating actions to address such needs in the case management plan.
* Must also be able to provide age appropriate care.
* Employees exhibit problem-solving skills to overcoming hurdles that may be identified.
* Decisions must be made relative to patient goal identification and achievement, as well as resources required to meet the needs of the patient.
* Works independently within the scope of nursing practice and organization policies in the management of caseload assigned.
* Appropriately triages patient calls, provider calls both internally and from transplant centers when performing On
* Call responsibility.
* Identifies, reports, and monitors quality of care issues, trends and events as well as other information on the key elements of the quality program occurring both internally and within Centers of Excellence that relate to the delivery of care to transplant patients.
* Participates in performance improvement initiatives.
* Maintains current knowledge in the field of transplantation and integrates this knowledge into the assessment of needs and problem solving required to manage across the continuum.
* Establishes and maintains effective partnerships between KP and Centers of Excellence with the goal of providing total quality and case management for KP members receiving transplant services.
* Assists in development and maintenance of educational materials for the KP transplant program, including but not limited to, information for members, families, physicians, and Centers of Excellence.
* Position may participate in operational and educational meetings with Centers of Excellence and KP Regions

What Does A Transplant Coordinator Do At Vanderbilt University Medical Center

* Coordinates the evaluation process of potential transplant candidates and/or living donors in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals.
* Educates patients and families about the transplant process, evaluation and waiting phases, and long-term follow-up and care, as well as, living donation when applicable.
* Monitors patient progress and provides clinical management during post-transplantation and post living donation.
* Ensures current, evidence-based nursing practices in transplantation are utilized, and provides system improvements to support optimal transplant outcomes.
* Ensures referring physician is kept informed about all phases of the transplant process.
* The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
* Demonstrates mastery of transplant coordination in practical applications of a difficult nature.
* Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering coordination services without requiring support and instruction from others.
* Possess sufficient knowledge to provide interventions that maintain or improve physiology, psychological and social health, and interventions that facilitate and optimize behavioral changes and treatment adherence with complex, lifelong therapies.
* Advocates supporting patients and families in planning, implementation and evaluation of care.
* Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving technical instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

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How To Become A Transplant Coordinator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Program Manager Program Director Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Director Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Coordinator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Nurse Coordinator Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nursing Faculty Nursing Director
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Faculty Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Clinical Research Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Patient Care Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant PRN Nurse Manager
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Greek

  • Czech

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Arabic

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Real Transplant Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Procurement Transplant Coordinator Onelegacy Los Angeles, CA Feb 22, 2013 $82,500
Transplant Coordinator Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Jul 23, 2016 $70,013
Organ Transplant Coordinator Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake City, UT Mar 04, 2014 $63,737
Organ Transplant Coordinator Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake City, UT Mar 06, 2014 $63,737
Organ Transplant Coordinator Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake City, UT Oct 22, 2012 $63,737

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Top Transplant Coordinator Skills

  1. Donation Process
  2. Post-Transplant Patients
  3. Outpatient Clinic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed, coordinated and educated on all aspects of the organ donation process to hospital staff, physicians and nurses.
  • Nurse expert in the delivery of comprehensive nursing care to post-transplant patients and their families.
  • Assess all kidney and pancreas transplant recipients in outpatient clinic.
  • Worked with patients and family members in the pre-renal transplant phase to prepare them for kidney transplant.
  • Communicated with UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) to maintain a complete and accurate transplant list.

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