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Heart Transplant Nurse-Transplant, FT; 40 hours/week 7-3 (7146)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha Omaha, NE

Job Description

Just like the children we serve, Children's is growing quickly and hiring a Heart Transplant Nurse to assist the transplant team in the care of the heart failure/transplant patients and families. This includes, but is not limited to, completing pre-transplant evaluations, preparation and presentation to the medical review board, coordination of organ procurement process, education of the inpatient transplant recipient including discharge teaching and planning for outpatient care and post-operative followup. The Transplant Nurse will serve as a liaison between the patient and the care team throughout all phases of the transplant process (pre-, per-, and post-).  Additionally, the transplant nurse will collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary transplant team to enhance patient care by developing, supporting, and educating other team members. The transplant nurse will serve as an expert clinician consultant and resource for other team members.   


Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time



1. In collaboration with heart failure/transplant team, assesses patient, synthesizes and analyzes data,  and evaluates clinical outcomes.       

  • Coordinates and participates in transplant candidate evaluations, both inpatient and outpatient, as needed.
  • Evaluates plan as indicated by changes in patient condition or needs as needed.
  • Communicates daily medical plan/updates to patients/parents, transplant team members, and other interdisciplinary team members as needed.
  • Demonstrates understanding of caregiver dynamics involved in providing care to the pediatric patient.
  • Assesses the educational needs of patients/caregivers and develops/implements the educational plan in collaboration with other healthcare professionals as needed.
  • Provides clinical backup as appropriate for the Heart Transplant Coordinator.
  • Uses sound medical/clinical judgement during care for the heart failure/transplant patient
    • Consults with physicians as indicated
    • Uses protocols to guide decision making
    • Stays within scope of practice
    • Documents assessments, plan of care, interventions, and patient responses to treatment as needed


2.   Assures efficient functioning of outpatient transplant clinic by assisting in preparation of transplant clinic charts

  • Lead nurse for transplant clinic
  • Prepares all electronic prescription refill requests
  • Enters/edits labs from outside facilities (prior to clinic appointments if possible) and communicates results with the Heart Transplant team.
  • Assists with maintenance of drug levels and biopsy flow sheets in EPIC


3.  Assists Transplant Coordinator to monitor/track, establish, and maintain standards of practice to improve patient care, including recommending methods to improve clinical practice, participating in related educational activities, utilizing and/or participating in research, participating in professional organizations and performance improvement teams, and incorporating new clinical information into practice.

  • Serves as a role model for staff by facilitating, supporting, mentoring, taking initiative, and practicing proactive problem solving
  • Serves as a reliable and visible resource for staff
  • Conducts or utilizes research and new clinical information to recommend ways to improve clinical practice
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and participates in house wide educational activities and networking related to practice; conducts annual education and participates in completion of competencies for nursing staff caring for heart failure/transplant patients.
  • Assess the education needs of patients/caregivers and develops/implements the heart failure/transplant education plan in collaboration with other healthcare professionals through all phases of transplant (pre-, peri-, post-).
  • Seeks experiences and learning opportunities related to practice
  • Participates in professional organizations specific to heart failure/transplantation


4. Assures regulatory compliance by

  • Assisting Transplant Coordinator in completing the necessary documentation according to UNOS guidelines including listing, status changes and post-transplant follow-up information.
  • Collecting and maintaining relevant data required by licensing and accrediting agencies
  • Participating in development, periodic reviews, and updating of protocols, policies, procedures, and educational manuals.
  • Organizing, attending, and actively participating in transplant meetings including but not limited to QAPI, and M&M.
  • Working in conjunction with Transplant Coordinator and Administrator in review and maintenance of transplant clinical and administrative policies and protocols.
  • Updating monthly transplant scorecard metrics.
  • Leading QAPI projects in conjunction with Transplant Coordinator and Administrator
  • Participating in UNOS and CMS site surveys
  • Assisting with completion of UNET/PHTS/PediMacs forms
  • Reviewing variances and adverse events regularly, corrective actions, and facilitating additional education if deemed necessary



Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job. Assist with additional transplant administrative duties as requested by the Transplant Administrator.


Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section



  • Performs other duties assigned.
  • Provide nursing support to the transplant cardiologist.
  • Responsible for back up on-call activities which include 24-hour accountability, coordination of cadaveric donor transplants, and triaging after hour patient problems.
  • Participate in research and registry activities and facilitate completion of required documentation under the direction of the principle investigator and the guidelines for the Institutional Review Board.
  • Attend weekly Cardiac Care Conference and other Heart Center meetings



  • Practice within framework of respective scope of practice
  • Must be able to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature, without loss of efficiency or composure, and be able to perform under stressful conditions when confronted with multiple requests, demonstrating prioritizing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple disciplines
  • Ability to be self-directed, with minimum supervision, and detail oriented


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing required
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in nursing with pediatric patients, cardiology,  or critical care required



  • Current and valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required
  • Current and valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) required or within 6 months of hire
  • Current and valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification required or within 6 months of hire.


Job Details

Date Posted November 1, 2018
Date Closes January 30, 2019
Requisition 918652-13246
Address 8200 Dodge Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At Hospital
Department Cardiology Offices
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Salary, Based on Experience
Hours 40 hours per week
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
Zipcode 68114

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Homeowners and Auto
  • Group Legal
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Cafeteria / Food
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Credit Union
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Parking
  • Health Fair
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • Workout Facilities
  • Achievement Awards
  • Bonus Plan
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Nursing
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatric Care

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