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Surgical Recovery Specialist - BC Transplant, Vancouver

Surgical Recovery Specialist
Organ Donation and Hospital Development, BC Transplant Society, Vancouver BC

What you’ll do

  • Perform a variety of functions related to organ recovery such as participation in recovery surgeries, on-site liaison with the donor hospital, review of deceased and living-donor documentation to ensure compliance to medico-legal and regulatory context, arrival of all required equipment and supplies at the donor hospital OR, coordination and set-up of the donor hospital operating room, applying universal precautions and aseptic techniques, perfusion of solid organs recovered from deceased and living donors, ex-vivo storage of the donor organ(s), collection of information regarding the intra-operative and pre-operative management of the recipients and status of the donor organ, packaging, labeling, transportation and distribution of recovered organs, communication with transplant centers and surgeons, transportation suppliers, Coroner, and donor families as needed. The recovery can occur throughout BC, Canada and the US.
  • Monitor and maintain surgical supplies and equipment necessary for organ recovery, perfusion and packaging, including monitoring equipment and supplies, sourcing, negotiating pricing of and ordering surgical supplies in accordance with the BCT Quality Plan and Health Canada requirements
  • Provide direction to the Organ Recovery Assistant (ORA) during organ retrievals and participates in the performance monitoring and feedback for the ORAs.
  • Provide consultation, guidance and advice on surgical practices to hospital medical and allied health staff including the development and provision of educational initiatives, as the provincial resource on organ retrieval.
  • Provide education and teaching about organ donation and organ recovery to internal and external stakeholders throughout the province.
  • Make decisions that impact the accuracy, reliability and acceptability of further processes within BCT and donor hospitals.
  • Contribute to continuous quality improvement by collecting and reporting data, and providing on-going education to hospital staff and donation and transplant stakeholders.


What you bring

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in a Health Sciences Program; certification or equivalent experience in the education of public and health-care professionals.
  • three to five (3-5) years of critical care, operating room or organ donation experience.
  • Designation as a healthcare professional preferred.


You have:

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills with all levels of personnel in the healthcare field with the ability to communicate complex clinical information. 
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.  Demonstrated ability to manage numerous concurrent tasks in a high-stress time-sensitive environment. Excellent facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Knowledge and abilities in areas of quality improvement, healthcare provider education, including knowledge of adult education principles and methods
  • Knowledge of the operating room environment, aseptic techniques and surgical equipment and procedures.
  • The ability to manage unpredictable schedules and situations and have the physical stamina to work long hours when necessary. Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds or more when necessary.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite: Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio. Experience with electronic patient records an asset.
  • A valid BC driver’s license, passport and access to a vehicle.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (12) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Regular, Part-Time (0.50 FTE)
#260 - 1770 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Applications will be accepted until position is filled
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600- office days plus participation info 24/7 on call schedule, may include weekends.
Requisition Number: 110641


What we do


BC Transplant (BCT) provides oversight for all aspects of organ donation and transplantation across BC.


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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