LifeSource is seeking Surgical Eye Recovery Specialists for the North Dakota area. We are looking for Specialists who would be interested in a variable shift schedule and be able to travel to Grand Forks, Bismark, and Minot. Be an advocate and a part of LifeSource’s mission of saving lives and offering hope and healing through excellence in organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Surgical Eye Recovery Specialists are responsible for actively participating in the surgical recovery of corneas from deceased donors for transplantation and/or research purposes. With thorough and ongoing training, will exhibit in-depth knowledge and understanding to fulfill successful surgical recovery process in alignment with standards and processor requirements while driving opportunities to enhance the overall quality of recovery. In accordance with protocols and regulatory requirements, will adhere to proper clinical room etiquette and employ universal safety precautions while maintaining respect and confidentiality for the donor throughout recovery.
Engages in safe, timely and compassionate surgical recovery of a cornea from incision to reconstruction using established surgical and sterile technique protocols in an operating room or similar environment.
1. Adheres to approved prepping, draping, zone recovery in accordance with the policies and procedures of LifeSource, our processing partners, the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and by state, local, and federal regulations. 2. Ensures appropriate site requirements and configuration of the recovery room or area as described in AATB or EBAA, specifically the prevention of contamination and cross-contamination, to accommodate tissue recovery. 3. Follows AORN surgical room etiquette and terminology, including sterile equipment and supply set up procedures. 4. Executes thorough understanding of OSHA procedures and personal protective equipment for proper scrubbing, gowning and surgical attire. 5. Exhibits an understanding of infectious diseases and implications for infection and transmittal through corneal tissue grafts when following tissue preparation, recovery, packaging, and transport procedures in accordance with processor requirements. 6. Participates in the dual verification process procedure to positively identify the donor and review authorization/document of gift.
Assists, exhibiting a thorough understanding of requirements, with assessment, lab testing specimens, packaging and documentation coordination of a recovery.
1. Ensures thorough physical assessment of the donor in accordance with established processor requirements. 2. Using proper aseptic technique, collects and assesses the suitability of serology testing specimens, ensuring the ability to fulfill all required lab testing. 3. Ensures accuracy of required paperwork and documentation per established procedures, processor and regulatory requirements associated with the recovery. 4. Responsible for final shipment of a cornea, to include but not limited to, packaging, labeling and courier pick up arrangements. 5. Exhibits an understanding of infectious diseases and implications for infection and transmittal through tissue grafts when following tissue preparation, recovery, packaging, and transport procedures in accordance with processor requirements.res in accordance with processor requirements.
Engages in other duties to ensure consistent execution of expectations to meet strategic initiatives.
1. Demonstrates professional representation and knowledge of the recovery process during interactions with other related donation organizations, including, but not limited to: eye banks, funeral homes, medical examiners, and coroners. 2. Attends and participates in scheduled meetings, ongoing and annual trainings and LifeSource team meetings to ensure compliance with policies and team member development, OSHA, FDA, AATB, EBAA regulations and all other required trainings.
ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES may include unpleasant odors, slippery surfaces, flying in a small aircraft, work in operating rooms/morgues at hospitals/funeral homes/medical examiners offices, exposure to human tissue and associated hazards and biohazards, temperature variations and frequent automobile travel; In addition to normal office conditions. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Requires a High school diploma or equivalent. Advanced education in biology, chemistry or similar surgical coursework preferred. 2. Requires 1-year experience in tissue recovery, surgery or similar job function, with proven practiced knowledge of human anatomy or equivalent education & experience. 3. Proven knowledge and understanding of sterile/aseptic technique. 4. Works under the supervision of a designated trainer until deemed competent to perform job independently.
1. Requires regular on-call availability including days, nights, weekends and holidays. Team members must arrive onsite at a hospital within two (2) hours of notification. Requires 50%-night shift availability. 2. Mandatory regulatory competencies, staffing plans, and training may require additional time commitment outside of scheduled shifts. 3. Follows assigned work schedule, in accordance with Tissue Team Departmental Guidelines and Expectations, which may vary based on the needs of the organization. 4. Able to travel within the LifeSource service area (MN, ND, SD and a portion of WI) by ground or air safely during various weather conditions. 5. Maintains a valid driver license and is able to transport self to LifeSource and drive LifeSource vehicles, as needed. 6. Able to push/pull up to 150 pounds with assistance when transferring patients. Able to lift up to 50 pounds and transfer objects short distances. Heavier objects should be lifted and transferred using team lifting. 7. Able to stand 100% of the time during recovery. 8. Must be able to successfully complete a background check.
Internal Number: LIF-18-00013
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest. It’s our privilege to serve the 7 million people who live in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.
We are dedicated to working with our hospital and community partners to support donor families, manage the donation process and educate our communities to create a culture of donation.