Transplant Nurse

Chicago, Illinois
25 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description
Transplant Nurse, Post Lung Transplant, Full-time, 1st Shift (days), University of Chicago Medicine, Hyde Park, Illinois

We're hiring a Transplant Nurse for our Post Lung Transplant program at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park, Illinois!

NNU Bid Dates: 7/14/2020-7/23/2020

Shift: Full-time, Days, 5 x 8-hour shifts per week

The Transplant Nurse is a registered professional nurse (RN) who provides pre-transplant or post-transplant nursing care to organ transplant candidates. The Transplant Nurse works with a multi-disciplinary team of transplant experts to evaluate potential candidates, provide clinical management for patients on active waiting lists, provide education and nursing care up to the point of transplantation, perform follow up care after transplantation and assist with research initiatives associated with transplant and related programs.

Essential Job Duties

All Transplant Nurses:

  • Educates patients and family members regarding the transplant process.
  • Explains in considerable detail the lifetime mediations and some of the common side effects associated with lifetime immunosuppression.
  • Informs patients about the cause of their disease, signs and symptoms.   Teaches patients about what symptoms require immediate hospitalization.
  • Educates the patients and their families on the risk of death pre/post transplantation.
  • Informs patients of the rules and regulation of transplant allocation developed by UNOS. 
  • Plans, implements and evaluates educational opportunities for nurses, medical personnel and the community.
  • Teaches kidney or liver transplant classes, conducts inservices on transplant protocols for hospital (staff/clinical) caregivers.
  • Provides education, consultation, expert leadership and mentorship for nursing personnel caring for liver and kidney failure and transplant patients.
  • Participates in preceptorship of undergraduate and graduate nursing students who are interested in transplantation.
  • Responsible for the training and orientation and training of new transplant nurses.
  • Assists with data collection for research projects involving transplant candidates.
  • Actively participates in professional and community associations,  delivering lectures, presentations, papers, etc. within local and/or national chapters.
  • Acts as liaison with pharmaceutical representative to develop educational seminars for attending physicians, fellows and nurses.
  • Presents and attends transplant related conferences, grand rounds, as well as non-hospital based conferences (ROBI, UNOS, ITNS, and liver conferences).
  • Conducts and participates in weekly multidisciplinary meetings regarding pre and post-transplant candidates.  

Post-Transplant Nurses:

  • Enhances continuity of care for post-transplant patients
  • Coordinates follow-up office visits, biopsies, outpatient re-exams and annual updates with patient and family to evaluate changes in health status.
  • Reviews lab work performed on post-transplant patients, discusses with physicians, and calls patients with results.
  • Coordinates reporting of annual laboratory results and other clinical information to UNOS (federal organ donation agency) and ROBI (Regional Organ Bank of Illinois).
  • Serves as clinical liaison in all phases of the transplantation process. (Follow phase is typically a number of years in duration following actual transplant, but can extend in lesser intensity for duration of patient's lifetime. )
  • Confers with Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist and transplant surgeon daily regarding patient outcome issues.
  • Facilitates team meetings as needed; participates in team discussion and decisions regarding the outcome of the transplant evaluation.
  • Acts as the liaison between the physicians and families regarding changes in medical regimen or plan of care.
  • Acts as liaison between the transplant program, UNOS, and State transplant agency.   Completes necessary governmental forms for UNOS and ROBI.
  • Coordinates 24 hour nursing coverage to provide safe and therapeutic continuity of care for kidney and liver transplant patients.  

Required Qualifications: 

  • BSN required; Master's in Nursing preferred
  • Must possess excellent decision-making and communication skills
  • Must possess effective teaching skills in working with undergraduate and post-graduate nursing students, as well as good presentation skills
  • Must possess basic computer skills
  • Must be familiar with insurance coverage and managed care contracts as regards coverage for transplant patients and donors, if applicable 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Preferred candidates will have five years' experience working with transplant patients
  • A combination of transplant and other related nursing experience may be considered 


  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois

Organizational Overview

Located in Historic Hyde Park, UChicago Medicine is a not-for-profit integrated and academic health system of hospital and physician services, providing world class care since 1927. UChicago Medicine operates four hospitals and a state-of-the-art ambulatory-care facility located within a medical center campus of twenty interconnected buildings, along with several satellite facilities situated throughout Chicago’s south suburbs. In addition, Ingalls Memorial Hospital is located outside of the main medical campus in Harvey, IL. Today, UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division, including Ingalls Memorial Hospital encompass over 800 beds and employ nearly 12,000 people, which includes more than 800 attending physicians, 1100 residents and fellows, and 2,600 nurses.

UChicago Medicine’s mission is to provide superior health care in a compassionate manner, ever mindful of each patient’s dignity and individuality. UChicago Medicine has established a market identity “At the Forefront of Medicine”, and has consistently been able to attract a critical mass of talented physicians, healthcare professionals and staff to treat the most complex clinical problems. In recognition of this excellence, U.S. News and World Report rank many of our programs as among the best in the United States.

Why Join Us
We’ve been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We’re in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you’d like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we’re doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.

Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront.

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The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.