Organ Recovery Coordinator (Critical Care RN)

Job Location US-IL-Chicago, IL
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/6/2021 10:04 AM)
# of Openings Remaining
Organ Recovery Services
Regular Full-Time


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Gift of Hope is 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.


The Organ Recovery Coordinator coordinates the evaluation, authorization, medical management,  surgical recovery,  and distribution of organs for transplantation or research from deceased organ donors.  Works collaboratively with other departments and hospital or transplant teams to facilitate the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation or research.  


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 night shift, from 7 PM- 7 AM with potential for shifts to go longer 
  • Rotate 12 or more hour on-call responsibilities with team members to respond to organ referrals throughout Gift of Hope’s Service area.  Take a minimum of 14 call days in a 28 day time period, including 4 weekend shifts and rotating holidays
  • Conduct accurate, effective early on-site evaluations of potential organ donors
  • Review hospital charts and current records of potential donors
  • Assess medical status and determine organ donor potential per Gift of Hope criteria in conjunction with the AOC and/or Gift of Hope Medical Director
  • Document findings and follow-up plans in hospital charts; communicate same to hospital staff while on site
  • Communicate pertinent information with Donor Resource Center, and Medical Director (when necessary)
  • Conduct on-site/phone assessments of potential donors for medical eligibility/suitability
  • Ask potential organ donor families to authorize organ and/or tissue donation; meet organization’s minimum authorization rate
  • Facilitate donation of donors in first person registry; guide family to help them understand the donation process
  • Perform physical assessment of potential donors
  • Perform minor surgical cut-downs in order to obtain lymph nodes for tissue typing on brain dead donors
  • Perform arterial and central line placement on brain dead donors
  • Maintain patient charts according to current policies and procedures; identify, document, and communicate essential clinical information to associated Gift of Hope staff, transplant center staff, and managing physicians and administrators
  • Coordinate medical management of potential donors to assure appropriate hemodynamic status
  • Coordinate the distribution of organs for transplantation from deceased organ donors; package and label organs for transplant
  • Participate in departmental quality assurance initiatives
  • Participate in training and mentoring new ORC staff and associated department’s staff as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned


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

  • Registered Nurse with two years of critical care experience and currently working in a critical care setting, OR
  • Previous OPO or transplant experience, OR
  • Medical Degree with clinical experience
  • Other candidates may be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of management
  • ACLS certification, or the ability to become certified within one year of hire

The following indicates the minimum skills and experience required to perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Experience in the delivery of critical care medicine
  • Ability to achieve and maintain competency in clinical and technical skills required to facilitate organ and tissue donation and transplantation
  • Ability to learn and communicate the organ/tissue donation process in order to explain it to potential donor families and hospital staff
  • Ability to develop and maintain proficiency with ICU/OR equipment
  • Ability to learn and become proficient at maintenance, disinfection, and sterilization of OR environment and equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately with families of potential donors to present the option of organ and tissue donation
  • Ability to function effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate the activities for self and others in an environment where priorities change quickly
  • Ability to pay attention to detail in chart documentation and in subtle physical changes while managing a donor
  •  Proficient user of Microsoft Office Applications such as Word and Excel

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Ability to drive personal auto to organ recovery site
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to move donor from cart to bed with assistance
  • Ability to work a 12 or more-hour on-call schedule
  • Ability to arrive at organ recovery site within a reasonable amount of time after being dispatched
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and kneel to perform job functions
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or equipment from ground level to table-top level, and to push/pull 75 lbs. on a roller cart
  • Ability to use company-provided mobile device and personal cell phone to call and text to communicate about the status of a case
  • Ability to hear and speak to convey information to co-workers, hospital staff, and potential donor families
  • Ability to visually conduct patient assessment and manage hemodynamic status
  • Fine motor skills to package and label recovered organs






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