Qual & Op Improv Engineer - Transfusion Safety Officer

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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics department of Pathology is seeking a Quality and Operational Improvement Engineer – Transfusion Safety Officer to: under the direction of the Transfusion Service Medical Director and the Pathology Quality Manager, examines and improves all systems associated with transfusion processes to ensure the safest possible transfusion experience. Works in conjunction with Transfusion Service Quality and Operations teams, the Transfusion Workgroup, providers, medical staff, and nursing leadership to establish, monitor, and maintain safety protocols and procedures which comply with hospital policies, best practices, and regulatory requirements. Duties to include:

  • Participates in performance improvement activities and supports the organization in meeting Joint Commission, AABB, and CAP accreditation standards.
  • Reviews OR schedule to verify Patient Transfusion Service within appropriate date range; identify patients with antibodies who require blood product special orders.
  • Develops workflows and reports that will review the institutional use of the 30-day type and screen and identifies patients who are not eligible for electronic crossmatch.
  • Promotes benchmarking and evidence-based practice in the transfusion of the appropriate blood components and their alternatives; compares financial aspects of alternatives with blood component therapy.
  • Monitors and analyzes transfusion medicine utilization and brings utilization issues to the attention of the Medical Director(s) of the Transfusion Service, providers and medical staff leaders, Transfusion Workgroup, and Patient Blood Management Program.
  • Serves as primary clinical interface with clinicians and clinical units engaging in transfusion.
  • Works collaboratively with the Transfusion Service Medical Director, Transfusion Service Quality Coordinator, and the Transfusion Service Operations team, to ensure development and updating of policy and procedure manuals to reflect changes in transfusion practice and optimize utilization and transfusion safety.
  • Conducts prospective and retrospective audits on the utilization of blood, blood products, and their alternatives, and identifies and investigates any trends related to transfusion practices.
  • Provides education to physicians, technologists, nursing staff, and patients on the benefits, risk, and alternatives of transfusion, as well as evidence-based guidelines for the appropriate use of blood products.
  • Participates in developing transfusion related education materials.
  • Serves in a leadership role in Transfusion Services monthly conferences, executive and management meetings, and serves as the liaison to the DeGowin Blood Center. Provides updates to the UIHC Transfusion Workgroup, nursing leadership councils, and quality-related committees on issues related to blood management, blood administration compliance and competency, and transfusion safety.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. In 2018-19 seven of our adult care specialties were ranked among the nation’s best, including otolaryngology (3rd), ophthalmology (7th), orthopedics (14th), cancer (18th), urology (34th), pulmonology (39th), and gynecology (50th).

Percent of Time: 100%

Pay Grade: 5A


Salary is commenusrate with education and experience.

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Clinical Lab Science, Medical Technology, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years of experience in transfusion medicine or a clinical nursing setting with transfusion experience. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • General knowledge of laboratory principles and techniques, and knowledge of regulations and accreditation standards related to blood transfusion.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and evaluate data related to transfusion medicine and utilization.
  • Ability to apply evidence-based guidelines to improve clinical outcomes
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with an interdisciplinary team.

Desirable Qualifications

  • BB(ASCP), SBB(ASCP), or other related specialty certification in a related field
  • Experience in an academic medical center, preferably in Transfusion Medicine.

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/CV (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and health screening. Candidates should be prepared to submit 5 professional references upon request. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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