Transfusion Safety Officer
At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Skills / Requirements
The Transfusion Safety Officer (TSO) serves an important role in improving transfusion safety outside of the laboratory through education and active surveillance of the transfusion process including but not limited to: patient identification, blood administration, appropriate ordering practices, transfusion reactions, incidents, and near misses. The TSO collaborates with the interdisciplinary team and assesses, plans, develops, implements and evaluates education activities, and initiatives related to the transfusion safety program. The TSO leads and supports patient blood management encompassing blood utilization review, minimization of perioperative blood loss, and documentation review; as well as quality improvement initiatives to include transfusion guidelines development, transfusion committee or peer review participation, massive transfusion protocols, and research. The TSO ensures compliance with standards established by national, state, and local regulatory and accreditation agencies; professional nursing organizations; and institutional policies and procedures.
Degree: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Master's degree in Nursing or related field required. Holds at least one of the following in Nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
Licenses & Certifications:
a.) Registered Nurse: Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas.
b.) Specialty Certification: Related specialty certification required within two (2) years of employment.
c.) Basic Life Support: Hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) or Red Cross approved program.
d.) Certificate: Other certificates as required by unit/service.
Work Experience: Five (5) Years Work Experience with extensive clinical work in high blood usage medical specialties such as periop, emergency, critical care, etc.; specifically as it relates to blood product procurement, usage, and management.
Management Experience: Two (2) Years of Management Experience with Clinical/leadership.
a.) Above Average Verbal Communication (Heavy Public Contact)
b.) Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)
a.) MS Word
b.) Personal Computer
a.) Analytical Abilities
b.) Design Knowledge and Skills
c.) Medical Terminology Knowledge
d.) Research Knowledge and Abilities
e.) Statistical Knowledge and Abilities