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Arkansas children's Heart Transplant Coordinator, Full Time, Monday-Friday (Minimal Call Required) in Little Rock, Arkansas

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CC013187 Heart Transplant


The Transplant Coordinator for the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program is responsible for the coordination of general program and patient care activities. The Transplant Coordinator establishes and promotes liaison relations with referring facilities and provides program information, patient follow up and education programs. The Transplant Coordinator serves as a consultant to ACH staff as well as follow-up service providers and as a liaison to governmental and other regulatory agencies (Medicare, Medicaid, UNOS etc). The Transplant Coordinator maintains the necessary data bases relative to organ recipients, tissue typing, patient status, etc. The Transplant Coordinator serves in an on-call capacity for the transplant program.

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  1. Clinical Responsibilities

Serve as a liaison between patients and their family members, transplant surgeon, nursing and laboratory personnel and other support personnel.

Coordinates activities associated with evaluation for transplantation.

On call for organ availability. Responds to transplant calls within 20 minutes.

Coordinates immediate preoperative patient care.

Coordinates immediate postoperative patient care.

Assist with long-term post operative patient assessment and management in the clinics.

Makes rounds on transplant service patients to observe patient progress, identify actual or potential problems and initiate problem solving actions.

Performs or assists with patient procedures including venipuncture for laboratory studies or intravenous infusions,care and dressing of wounds.

Evaluates psychological response to both illness and medical/nursing interventions. Provides support, comfort and encouragement to patient/family/significant other as indicated.

Assists in maintaining accurate records on each patient.

Collaborates with other disciplines to provide coordinated patient care; Radiology, Laboratory.

Triage patient telephone calls and inquiries.

Responsible for UNOS testing and follow up information.

Must be able to participate in CMS and UNOS on-site inspection/audit.

Must be able to coordinate and evaluate living donor workup/follow-ups.

Must be a member of the Transplant committee.

  1. Educational Responsibilities

Collaborates with team to provide patient/family education pre and post transplantation.

Collaborates in the planning, organizing and implementation of the orientation program for all personnel on the nursing units and team.

Collaborates with the nursing units regarding ongoing education of nursing staff on care of transplant patients.

Serves as a consultant to staff and for education for all hospital departments providing care to transplant patients.

Maintain clinical knowledge base relative to transplantation.

Participate in education of all health care professions.

  1. Research and Quality Improvement

Conducts nursing research and collaborates in medical research programs.

Identifies and actively participates in quality improvement initiatives for the transplant program.

Collects clinical data in a manner consistent with the focus of research and/or QI.

Maintains data bases relevant to specialty areas and areas of investigation in collaboration with primary investigator.

Participates in the presentation and application of research findings, as appropriate.

  1. Professional Performance

Seeks new challenges and is self-directed in identifying resources/learning activities to enhance competence.

Completes 10 contact hours per year of appropriate continuing education related to current practice area and role responsibilities.

Consistently demonstrates that new knowledge and skills gained from education are incorporated into actual clinical practice.

Uses mentoring and role modeling skills to promote positive patient outcomes and professionalism within the Nursing Division.

Shares knowledge and expertise with nursing staff and other members of the health care team.


Required - Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college program or technical school or nursing diploma - Field of Study: RN

Preferred - Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university - Field of Study: BSN


Required - 4 years total experience required, which includes 4 years of RN experience

Preferred - Transplant (i.e.critical care, general inpatient, and ambulatory care) experience preferred

Preferred - Surgical and nursing management of transplant patients experience preferred


Required - RN License (AR or Compact State) (Candidate must possesss at time of hire)

Required - Certification specific to patient population (needed within 12 months of hire date)


Required - Must have excellent communication skills.

Required - Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, families, and all members of the health care team.

Required - Ability to establish priorities appropriately, set goals, and work independently.

Required - Must be able to type.

Preferred - Must have thorough knowledge of advanced clinical nursing in solid organ transplant.

Preferred - Ability to perform patient assessment, physicial examination, and history.

Preferred - Ability to analyze, develop, and implement an appropriate and logical plan from gathered data.

Preferred - Ability to develop and implement patient/family educational programs relative to all aspects of solid organ transplantation.

Preferred - Skill in venipuncture, intravenous infusions, and wound care.

Preferred - Must have knowledge of community agencies and resources.


Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight-This position has no lifting/pushing/pulling weight requirements specified-

Noise Level-Noise Level-Moderate

Physical Activity-Reach with hands and arms-Frequently

Physical Activity-Sit-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Stand-Regularly

Physical Activity-Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend-Frequently

Physical Activity-Use hands to touch, handle, or feel-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Walk-Frequently

Physical Environment-Inside Office Environment / conditions-Regularly

Safety Sensitivity-This position has been designated as safety sensitive.-Required

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s (https://www.archildrens.org/contentpage.aspx?nd=919) is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

As Champions for Children, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status (http://www.archildrens.org/contentpage.aspx?nd=2489) . Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values: safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our services include two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

Arkansas Children’s reaches more children in more ways where they live, learn and play. Our system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. We are nationally ranked by U.S. News World Report (https://www.archildrens.org/health-and-wellness/news/news-story?news=123) in four specialties (2017-18): Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 37; Neonatology, No. 38; Pediatric Pulmonology, ranked No. 47; and Pediatric Urology, ranked No. 48. A sister campus, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (http://www.archildrens.org/contentpage.aspx?nd=3691) , opened in February 2018, bringing 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state.

Arkansas Children's provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. Further, Arkansas Children's will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.