What is a Clinical Donation Specialist?
I am thankful and honored every day to work alongside such dedicated and compassionate individuals. To be able to steward the gift of life and bring hope to those in need has been the most rewarding work I have ever done.
Clinical Donation Specialist
Clinical Donation Specialists (CDS) are an integral part of NJ Sharing Network's mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation.
Families must often make decisions about organ donation for a loved one during intensely emotional circumstances in the hospital, where support from others is crucial to their coping.
Clinical Donation Specialists offer families the opportunity to give hope to others through the precious gift of organ and tissue donation. Facilitating the organ and tissue donation process, Clinical Donation Specialists provide compassionate support, education and guidance to families and help them navigate through their donation and transplantation experience.
"We are truly saving and enhancing lives through the rare gift of organ and tissue donation," says Rea Zanatech, NJSN CDS. "It's one of the most rewarding jobs you'll ever experience. You're making a difference to many, whether it's families you're supporting or recipients that you've never met."
Responsibilities of a CDS:
- Responds onsite to hospitals in our service area and ensures that each referral is reviewed for medical suitability.
- Accurately enters all data related to the donor evaluation into the Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) while following best documentation practices.
- Collaborates with hospital staff to provide guidance, support and education through the donation processes.
- Manages the physiology of the donor to ensure maximum viability of the precious gift of life for transplantation. Implements donor management standing orders, reviews results of testing and identifies needs for additional management.
- Allocates organs according to UNOS policies through the national system.
- Works with the transplant centers to perform additional donor testing and screening.
- Coordinates logistics of the Operating Room with all teams involved.
- Facilitates the organ recovery process in the Operating Room including reviewing documentation according to regulatory agency guidelines, maintains donor stability throughout, completes intraoperative and anatomy paperwork and verifies packaging and labeling of all organs according to policy.