• Tissue Recovery Technician

    Job Location US-IL-Itasca
    Posted Date 1 week ago(4/8/2019 10:39 PM)
    # of Openings Remaining
    Tissue Recovery Services                         
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Surgical Techs, and Paramedics encouraged to apply!


    Put your skills to work in a field that profoundly impacts many lives:  Organ and Tissue Donation. 


    At Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, we’re dedicated to coordinating organ and tissue donation in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and NW Indiana. Our goal is to provide the highest  quality service to families and hospitals as we strive to fulfill our mission of saving and enhancing the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.


    Tissue Recovery Technician uses surgical instruments to recover tissue from deceased donor body during a tissue recovery case; precepts new employees and displays respect for donor during each case.


    The following essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation 

    • Support Gift of Hope’s mission, vision, and values; adhere to its policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position
    • Work a 12 hour night shift rotation with need for flexibility as there is high potential of shift extending beyond schedule hours. Attend organizational and/or department events such as staff meeting and/or training outside of regularly scheduled hours.
    • Use surgical instruments, such as scalpels and saws to recover authorized donor tissue
    • Participate in all aspects of tissue recovery
    • Work a rotating 12 hour night shift schedule to respond to tissue referrals throughout Gift of Hope’s Service area
    • Typical shift hours are 12 hours but can be as long as 18 hours
    • Ability to be flexible with shift schedule and work beyond scheduled shift to meet the demands of organ and/or tissue donation
    • Work 2-3 weekends per month while on the call schedule
    • Work in recovery suites/OR’s at Gift of Hope, hospitals, coroner, and medical examiner’s offices in designated service area
    • Possible exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous materials, pharmacological agents, with little likelihood of harm if established health precautions are followed
    • Use surgical equipment such as needles and scalpels without causing injury to self or others
    • Travel by personal car within Gift of Hope’s Service area
    • Respond timely to Gift of Hope’s pages through designated paging system
    • Ability to travel overnight for up to 4 nights to conferences, learning events and or company events outside of normal working hours 1-2 times a year


    The following identifies the minimum education and training required to perform the essential functions of the job. 

    • EMT - P (paramedic) CST or ORT, or High School Diploma with 6 months tissue banking experience or 18 months of related experience.
    • Ability to work in in-house and hospital operating room suites
    • Ability to drive personal auto to hospitals and other locations to perform job functions
    • Ability to work outside normal business hours including nights, weekends and holidays
    • Ability to attend monthly staff meetings that may be outside of regularly scheduled working hours
    • Ability to walk, stand, bend, stoop, and kneel to perform job functions
    • Ability to use personal cell phone to call, page, text to communicate about the status of a case
    • Ability to hear and speak to convey information to co-workers
    • Ability to stand for up to 6 consecutive hours to complete a case
    • Ability to see to conduct donor assessment
    • Fine motor skills to package and label recovered tissue
    • Ability to arrive at tissue recovery site within 1 hour after being dispatched if not already on-site at a Gift of Hope office
    • Ability to move up to 50-75 lbs.

    • Ability to move and turn donors of a maximum of 400 lbs. with assistance, and move them from cart to cart, or cart to table


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