Part-time Donation Technician | Iowa Donor Network

Part-time Donation Technician

  • Location: Altoona

    Employment Type: Part-Time

    Department: Tissue Recovery

    Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

    OSHA Category: I

  • Position Overview:

    Responsible for assisting with the tissue recovery process for transplantation and research according to industry standards.

  • Job Qualifications:

    High school diploma or equivalent and a graduate of a health care related program/one plus year health care related experience/ or currently enrolled in a health science baccalaureate or graduate degree program. CST, LPN, EMT, Paramedic, Fire, tissue recovery or operating room experience desirable.

  • Schedule:

    Provide availability for upcoming month by the 15th of the current month to fill in the vacancies on the schedule with a minimum of eight, 12-hour call days per month. Of the availability provided, a minimum of four shifts must be night shifts and a minimum of four shifts must be weekend shifts.

    Holiday availability must be provided on the schedule. One winter holiday, defined as 24 hours and one summer holiday, defined as 24 hours, must be given as a minimum.


  • Organization Responsibilities:

    *Must receive required vaccines based on outlined schedules to protect our employees, healthcare personnel, donors, recipients, and families we may come into contact. (e.g. Influenza vaccine must be obtained annually by December 1st and COVID vaccine upon required timeline.)

    Essential Job Functions and Performance Expectations:
    1. Efficiently perform tissue recovery and donor reconstruction while adhering to established policies and procedures and standard work documents.
    a. Provide availability for upcoming month by the 15th of the current month to fill in the vacancies on the schedule with a minimum of eight, 12-hour call days per month. Of the availability provided, a minimum of four shifts must be night shifts and a minimum of four shifts must be weekend shifts.
    b. Holiday availability must be provided on the schedule. One winter holiday, defined as 24 hours and one summer holiday, defined as 24 hours, must be given as a minimum.
    c. Maintain effective communication between IDN staff, hospital and all other agencies/professionals involved.
    d. Report any case concerns to Administrator on Call (AOC)/Leadership.
    e. Perform and document physical assessment of a potential donor allowing recovery to occur if assessment is satisfactory.
    f. Review authorization form(s) with other team members, Communication Center staff, and AOC according to policy and procedure.
    g. Recover qualified specimens for serological testing.
    h. Assist with the recovery of tissues to achieve minimum benchmark standards.
    i. Correctly label, package, and wrap recovered tissues.
    j. Collect and correctly label and prepare tissue, blood, and culture samples for shipment.
    k. Notify recovery staff, DRC, or Tissue Administrator on Call, when supplies or instruments are low.
    l. Ensure compliance with local medical examiner needs during the recovery process.

    2. Perform training with new recovery staff or staff learning additional job functions.
    a. Assist in training of new staff.

    3. Assist with quality assurance process, complete QA requests in a timely manner and entering of charts into database.
    a. Document accurately, concurrently and legibly in IDN donor chart.
    b. Complete QA requests within 4 days or sooner as requested

    4. Participate in scheduled monthly meetings and training sessions to maintain proficiency in tissue recovery process
    a. Meeting attendance is encouraged, meeting make-up is required.
    b. Respond to emails as requested regarding monthly meeting minutes within four days.
    c. Review and respond as requested to policy and procedure and form updates within seven days.

    5. Successfully complete annual clinical competencies.
    a. Demonstrate competency in essential job functions.

    Additional Job Functions: None

    Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
    1. Respond to call within 10 minutes and depart for hospital or office within one hour of call or as assigned.
    2. At peak times, may be called in to assist when not scheduled.
    3. Work on-call schedule with extended hours.
    4. Lift equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
    5. Assist with physical lifting of donors.
    6. Follow sterile technique guidelines.
    7. Stand for long periods of time in an operating room and mortuary environment.
    8. Mental and visual fatigue associated with detailed work.
    9. Use of sharp surgical instruments which may cause damage or injury if used incorrectly.
    10. Work in conditions inherent in a recovery suite or operating room environment. Exposure to biohazardous materials such as blood, other body fluids, communicable diseases and pharmacological agents. Universal precautions and use of personal protective equipment is required.
    11. Travel to the office and donor hospitals throughout the State of Iowa at any given hour of the day or night.
    12. Drive a vehicle under various conditions that may lead to visual and mental fatigue.
    13. Work requires stooping, kneeling, reaching and handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hands).
    14. Express ideas verbally and convey detailed or important spoken information.
    15. Receive detailed information through oral and auditory communication.

    Skills and Abilities:
    1. Maintain a current valid driver’s license and be insurable through IDN’s insurance.
    2. Skill and ability to effectively use computers and computer software including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, Internet tools, and electronic mail.
    3. Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing when representing IDN; work well with others; take and give direction; demonstrate effective problem-solving skills; ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

    Organizational Responsibilities: It is required that IDN employees demonstrate commitment to the mission and vision, maintain effective communication, exhibit teamwork, respect diversity, follow policies and procedures, maintain confidentiality of all donor, recipient and organizational information, demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness while meeting productivity standards, observe safety and security procedures, be consistently punctual and dependable, actively participate in performance improvement activities and continually demonstrate behavioral expectations and core values.

    All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed in this position. I will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by my supervisor. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, I know that I must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. I realize neither the job description nor this document creates an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

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