The Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE)/Transfusion Safety Officer (TSO) provides key oversight and nursing leadership over the transfusion program across UWMC to assure safety and regulatory compliance.
In collaboration with UW medical and administrative leadership, the TSO is responsible for activities related to establishing and promoting a safe transfusion culture within the UWMC network. The TSO implements goals and strategies related to the provision of evidence-based management of anemia, coagulopathy, hemostasis, alternatives to transfusion, and transfusion support. Educates, counsels and collaborates with nurses, physicians and administrators in order to achieve the best possible patient outcomes, balancing safety and cost. The TSO interfaces with the transfusion lab, as well as staff nurses and resident and attending providers.
Program Management 90%
Collaborates with all levels of clinical and medical personnel to evaluate transfusion management strategies and offer recommendations for improvement
· Assists in establishing policies, processes, and procedures to support blood management and utilization models that meet regulatory standards and guidelines based on evidence-based transfusion medicine practices
· Establishes processes to track, analyze and audit key performance metrics related to transfusion support and offers recommendations to address areas of concern to improve safety and treatment efficacy in a cost accountable environment.
· Serves as a resource to nurses, clinicians and laboratory staff for issues related to blood management, administration and transfusion safety. Prepares and presents relevant education materials to accomplish this task
· Assists with the preparation of the annual Blood Management Program budget in collaboration with the Blood Bank manager and provides input for anticipated changes in utilization and wastage that will impact the Blood Bank budget for blood components.
· Develops annual goals for the Blood Management Program in conjunction with the organization's quality plan
· Promotes cost containment by working to ensure appropriate utilization of resources.
· Monitors revenue production and cost savings created by the blood management program
· Provides scheduled updates to the Transfusion Practice Committee and Nursing Committees , and the Blood Bank Quality meetings on issues related to blood management and transfusion safety
· Works in conjunction with the Medical Director of the Blood Bank, Risk Management, Blood Bank Operations Manager, Blood Bank Quality Manager and Nursing leadership to establish, monitor and maintain safety protocols and procedures which comply with hospital policies and regulatory requirements
· Maintains effective communication and coordination with all disciplines that interface with blood management and transfusion activities
· Supports the organizational culture for Service Excellence and practices the Service Excellence standards to all
Creates educational materials and supporting documentation to promote awareness for the UWMC Blood Management Program to hospital staff and the community
· Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Washington
· 4-5 years of inpatient acute care experience
· 1-3 years of critical care experience
· Two or more years in a clinical leadership role
· Knowledge of regulatory requirements ( FDA, AABB, CAP, TJC) and quality system (e.g. LEAN, six sigma) elements preferred. BSN required, Masters Preferred.
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