Registered Nurse (RN) - Cardiac Transplant Coordinator

Position: Registered Nurse (RN) - Cardiac Transplant Coordinator

Job ID: 403919

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Cardiac Transplantation

Talent Area: Registered Nurse

Full/Part Time: Full time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: Weekdays

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We are looking for and Cardiac Transplant Coordinator - to coordinate all activities, at the highest quality of care for the transplant patient, family and living donor, at a developmentally appropriate level for patients served.  This includes, but is not limited to, completing pre-transplant evaluations, preparation and presentation to the medical review board, coordination of organ transplant and living donation process, education of the in-patient transplant recipient including discharge teaching and planning for outpatient care and post-operative follow-up.

Think you have what it takes?

  • Education Experience/Care Coordination
  • 2 years ICU experience or transplant experience

Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for all employees at Texas Children’s, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, associate’s degree, or technical diploma in nursing with acceptance or current enrollment in a BSN program and signed agreement or an associate’s degree in a related field accepted by the Texas Board of Nursing for the purposes of obtaining and maintaining an RN license required or must be currently enrolled in a nursing bridge program working toward an MSN with a verified BSN-equivalency or a signed agreement.
  • 2 year Pediatric or solid organ transplant  nursing experience
  • RN License by Texas Board of Nursing or Nurse License Compact
  • CPR – Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of Renal, Liver, Heart and Lung pathophysiology and the transplant process
  • Ability to  demonstrate and perform generic and unit-based/critical competencies including the specific care of age and diagnosis appropriate patients.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and utilize time and resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  •   Certified in Transplant, CPN, CCRN

Specific Duties

  • Identifies appropriate candidate upon referral, and interacts with appropriate staff.
  • Identifies requirements for candidate evaluation for transplantation for living donation ion collaboration with the transplant physician
  • Coordinates with the multidisciplinary teams to facilitate the evaluation process for potential transplant candidates and living donors.
  • Refers potential living donors to an Independent Living Donor Advocate or team for evaluation, following completion of initial screening.
  • Interprets serological results of the potential transplant candidate and their implications for transplantation or donation and shares these with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Obtains recipient blood type, tissue typing and cytotoxic antibodies according to transplant center protocol.
  • Educates candidate/family/legal guardian about all phases of the transplantation process – referral, evaluation, listing, transplantation, and post-transplant care
  • Living donation options
  • Understands OPTN regulations and Organ allocation
  • Collects and evaluates medical, psychosocial and financial data for review by the transplant multidisciplinary team.
  • Prepares evaluation results for presentation at the multidisciplinary Medical Review Board (MRB).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of, and compliance with, OPTN/UNOS policies and listing requirements.
  • Assesses candidate/family/legal guardian’s understanding and educational needs related to the transplant process.
  • Shares necessary information about the donor organ, including ABO compatibility, with the transplant surgeon/physician.
  • Acts as a liaison between the donor and the recipient transplant teams.
  • Arranges transportation of teams/organ to/from donor hospital and transplant center, in collaboration with the designated 
  • Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of donor and recipient information.
  • Monitors patient progress post-transplant.
  • Verbalizes understanding of standing orders, and acts as resource for internal and external health care providers.
  • Informs recipient of their voluntary option of, and the process for, written communication to the donor family.
  • Coordinates/ensures discharge planning to provide for recipient’s continuity of care.
  • Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation, per departmental procedure, of recipient’s progress and education.
  • Identifies appropriate living donor candidate upon referral, and interacts with appropriate staff.
  • Identifies requirements for and maintains confidentiality of the living donor evaluation.
  • Deceased vs. Living Donation
  • Provides and maintains comprehensive documentation of living donor’s progress per departmental procedure.
  • Refers to the independent donor advocate or team as appropriate.
  • Provides internal and external education related to transplantation and living donation.
  • Participates in and supports ongoing clinical research within the transplant center and publishes results as appropriate.


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