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Heart Transplant Coordinator -APP - Transplant-FT; 40 hours/week 7-5 (6512)

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 Coordinator to coordinate all activities, at the highest quality of care for the heart failure/transplant patient and family, at a developmentally appropriate level. 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 follow-up. Additionally, the transplant coordinator will collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary transplant team to enhance patient care by developing, supporting, and educating other team members. The transplant coordinator 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 physician(s) and other members of the healthcare team, assesses patient, synthesizes and analyzes data, develops plan of care, orders diagnostic tests and therapeutic treatments as appropriate, and evaluates clinical outcomes.       

  • Coordinates and participates in transplant candidate evaluations, both inpatient and outpatient
  • Completes an accurate assessment (history and physical) of the heart failure/heart transplant patients.
  • Synthesizes and analyzes data obtained through assessment to develop a comprehensive plan of care that is individualized and reflects patient care needs including interventions and treatments to attain expected outcomes.
  • Implements plan by writing appropriate medical orders in accordance with medical practice standards and/or jointly approved protocols.
  • Evaluates and revises plan as indicated by changes in patient condition or needs.
  • Conducts daily inpatient rounds with transplant physician for all hospitalized transplant patients, including those patients in pre- and post-transplant stages and transplant patients hospitalized for non-transplant conditions.
  • Communicates daily medical plan/updates to patients/parents, transplant team members, and other interdisciplinary team members.
  • 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.
  • Participates in outpatient transplant clinic
  • 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


2.      Prescribes therapeutic measures and medications according to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Policies.  Performs select invasive procedures, as approved in his/her individual Scope of Service, according to Children’s policies.

  • Demonstrates competency in principles of medication dosing and mechanism of action as it relates to specific diagnosis.
  • Orders/administers medication according to Children’s policy, procedure and scope of practice.
  • Maintains accurate log of credentialed procedures performed.  Demonstrates knowledge and expertise when performing credentialed procedures/specialty skills, independently or with a physician.


3.        Documentation reflects assessment/evaluation, modification, and patient’s response to therapy, changes in condition, and therapeutic interventions/procedures.

  • Entries in the medical record follow hospital policy (i.e., date, time, use of appropriate abbreviations, and legibility).
  • Facilitates written medical orders vs. verbal orders, when appropriate.
  • Documentation reflects timely notification of supervising physician and/or appropriate health care team members.
  • Documentation reflects communication with families/caregivers as appropriate (i.e., update on plan of care, teaching, etc.).
  • Documentation notes are individualized to the clinical area and reflect assessment, plan of care, rationale for plan of care, care changes, and collaborative discussions, contains necessary components per hospital policy and standards.  Notes include but are not limited to:
    • History and Physical
    • Consultation Notes and daily progress notes
    • Unplanned changes in patient condition which may/may not result in changes of plan of care
    • Documentation accurately reflects services provided in order to appropriately code for billing


4.  Assumes leadership role to establish and monitor standards of practice to improve patient care, including recommending ways 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 and ancillary 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


5. Assures regulatory compliance by:

  • Completing necessary documentation according to UNOS and CMS guidelines including listing, status changes and post-transplant followup 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 such as Selection Committee, QAPI, and M&M.
  • Particpating in review and maintenance of transplant clinical policies and protocols.
  • Participating in UNOS and CMS site surveys.
  • Timely completion of UNET, PHTS, and PediMacs forms.



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.
  • Responsible for on-call activities which include 24-hour accountability, coordination of deceased 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
  • Satisfy all relevant criteria and qualifications outlined in the Medical Staff Policy on Allied Health Professional, required to be credentialed
  • Must be knowledgeable in billing regulation practices to include documentation requirements/CPT coding regulations
  • 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


  • Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Nursing (MSN or DNP) from accredited college or university required for nurse practitioner AP-S, or
  • Education as required by the Department of Health and Human Services-Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division as represented by Physician Assistant licensure in the State of Nebraska for physician assistant AP-S
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as an APRN-NP or PA required
  • Experience in cardiology, transplant, and/or pediatrics preferred



  • 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 PALS Instructor certification preferred
  • Current and valid unrestricted license as a registered nurse and as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner in the State of Nebraska required OR current and valid unrestricted license Physician Assistant in the State of Nebraska
  • Current and valid nationally recognized nurse practitioner certification (e.g., CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, etc.) required for APRN-NP and pediatric acute care certification required within 4 years; or maintains current and active nationally recognized PA-C board certification for physician assistant
  • Maintain active Federal DEA License



  • Maintains practice agreement with service of specialty, and practices within framework of respective scope of practice







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Job Details

Date Posted November 19, 2018
Date Closes February 17, 2019
Requisition 913610-13246
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
Start Date 2018-06-08
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)
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatric Care

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