Under the direction of department leadership, the Organ Donation
Specialist is responsible for the screening, evaluation, and
clinical management of the potential organ donor. The Organ
Donation Specialists demonstrates sensitivity and empathy when
offering donation to a potential donor family, providing support
and compassion during and after the donation process. Fosters a
collaborative/team working spirit and actively helps and supports
others to achieve team goals.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Meets with the potential donor family to offer donation
providing emotional support during and after the donation
• Accurately obtains and completes written consent from the
legal next of kin for the purposes of organ donation
• Coordinates the organ donation process including screening for
medical suitability, clinical assessment, and medical management of
• Coordinates with surgical recovery teams.
• Is responsible for organ allocation in accordance with
prevailing organ distribution policies through UNOS.
• Arranges for histocompatibility and serologic testing of the
• Identifies donor/recipient matches through collaboration with
other organ procurement organizations, transplant teams and the
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database.
• Communicates accurate and pertinent information about the
donor to the transplant and/or procurement surgeons.
• Works with anesthesia and nursing staff to coordinate pre- and
post-donation processes and operating room tasks.
• Collects and documents medical data and donor medical and
social history as related to the procurement process.
• Assists Hospital Relations Specialists with educating health
care professionals and the public regarding organ donation; may
develop, conduct, and participate in education programs for health
care professionals and the public.
• Participates in OPO and transplant department related research
• Contributes to quality assurance activities.
• Supports and demonstrates a customer service commitment to
internal and external customers through adherence to Versiti
customer service standards and processes.
• Maintains competence through attendance job-related continuing
• Actively participates and contributes in Lean and continuous
• Understands and performs to all applicable regulatory and
compliance requirements set forth by AOPO (Association of Organ
Procurement Organizations) and UNOS.
• Demonstrates Core Values: Do Right Always, Find a Better Way,
Make Results Happen and Strengthen the Team.
• Demonstrates schedule flexibility as determined by business
• Work/job related travel and reliable transportation is
• Requires evening, weekend and holiday work hours.
• Proactively seeks continued professional development.
Qualifications - External
• RN (Registered Nurse), NP (Nurse Practitioner), or PA
(Physician’s Assistant) or a Critical Care Paramedic
• Graduate of an organ procurement school with Human Donation
• Two years critical care experience required
Skills and Knowledge
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize
and handle multiple tasks
• Flexibility to work independently and with a team.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to provide
feedback to peers.
• Strong conflict resolution skills, able to communicate and
collaborate with others during challenging and stressful
• Effective problem solving and decision making skills in high
• Ability to listen actively and respond with empathy and
• Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and access to a vehicle
Tools and Technology
• Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
• General office equipment (computer, printer, fax, copy
• Familiarity with ICU equipment (IV pumps, Ventilator, GE
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS
• Physical demands: Daily tasks include a mixture of standing,
sitting, and walking. Hand-eye coordination with significant manual
dexterity. Reaching above the head and lifting up to 40-pound items
occurs occasionally. Visual and hearing acuity to perform essential
responsibilities. Looking at computer screens or small items is
• Mental demands: Requires ability to maintain a routine of
intense concentration for long periods, as well as excellent
cognitive, analytical, and memory ability. Ability to multitask in
high stress environments.
• Environmental hazards: Frequent work with biohazardous
material is completed in the ICU/Operating Room environment wearing
appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and following
internal policies, training, and OSHA standards. Moderate level of
noise is present in the ICU environment.
This job description reflects the current assignment of
essential functions and is not meant to be all-inclusive or in any
way construed as an employment contract. Duties and
responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned to this position at
any time and may be modified to reasonably accommodate an
individual with a disability or for other reasons solely at
Equal Opportunity Employer. This company will provide equal
opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability or veteran status.