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Surgical Recovery Specialist, Organ Donation and Hospital Development - BC Transplant


Surgical Recovery Specialist, Organ Donation and Hospital Development

BC Transplant

Vancouver, BC

The Surgical Recovery Specialist (SRS) functions as an integral part of the Organ Donation and Hospital Development (ODHD) team. The SRS acts as a provincial resource for the surgical recovery of organs. This includes coordination between the donor and transplanting operating rooms (OR), perfusion and packaging of organs for transplantation, as well as arranging for the safe transportation of organs.

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. 

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.
  • Must have a valid BC driver’s license, passport and access to a vehicle.

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.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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 (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Part-Time (0.50 FTE)
1770 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 4Y6

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 
Office Monday to Friday, and shift work
Requisition Number:

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

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

BCT is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

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 and BCT are 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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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of July 7, 2023. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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