I was wondering if there were any transplant coordinators around here?
I work in a pedi CICU and recently thought this might be something I'd be interested...many years from now I think as I am still loving the bedside :-)
I haven't actually talked to any of the coordinators on my unit as we haven't had many transplants recently. I was wondering specifically if this is a job I would need a masters for and if so, a masters in what?
Furthermore what do your typical duties entail? And do you enjoy it?
I would be most specifically interested in pediatric heart transplantation
I've looked into both ends of that spectrum the donor side and the recipient side some time ago. I had even talked to some in the field at length. The advice I'd give is to really think hard on this. There are some ethical issues you need to figure out for yourself, especially on the donor side of things. I am all for the organ donor deal. I am signed up for it myself.
There are people in the process, sometimes nurses, sometimes not, who must take the call from the hospital alerting to the fact that there is a brain dead person who might be a suitable donor at that moment. Someone from the OPO must make contact and get consent from the family to donate their loved one. Now, sometimes the patient has already made donor arrangements themselves, and sometimes not. In either case, this person from the OPO must convince the family to consent. Patient is vented awaiting possible consent. Consent must be obtained from family very quickly in the midst of their misery.
This is all understood and necessary in order to proceed. But the thing I have a huge problem with is that the convincer must meet a quota of usually 60-70% (want 70%) in order to keep his/her job with the OPO. If you are not up to your numbers, I wonder how pushy you get and how tricky you get on the phone or in person with these families. After all, you gotta make your numbers or you are no longer employed - feet to fire to pay your mortgage. I had always thought that job would be not one of sales numbers but one of counseling and education, and once that family has the information, come what may. Well, it's not that way.
Needless to say, you won't find this out in any job description that is written down. You are told in person and in no uncertain terms. OPOs compete with each other.
Best to try and find someone working in this, and ask them very personally all your questions you may have.
Last edit by netglow on Feb 6, '13