MD Anderson Cancer Center Transfusion Medicine Nurse Coordinator - Transfusion Services in Houston, Texas

Transfusion Medicine Nurse Coordinator position in Transfusion Services


The primary purpose of the Transfusion Nurse Coordinator is to coordinate and implement patient care across the continuum of care. The Nurse Coordinator is accountable and responsible for providing quality, evidence-based patient care through the appropriate use of resources in collaboration with the inter-professional team. Acts as a patient and family advocate to uphold patient rights. Organizes and prioritizes work of patient care team; trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources.

Ideal candidate will have a Master's degree in Nursing, current TX RN license and five years of patient care experience to include two year of oncology care. Two to four years' experience in leadership roles in nursing and/or transfusion therapy, Epic and strong computer skills is preferred.

Transformational Leadership and New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvement

Transformational Leadership: The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator is responsible for the provision of care to patients and families consistent with the unit's values, beliefs, and behaviors to meet the demands of the future.

a. Functions as program coordinator for patient blood management

b. Training on blood ordering, distribution, administration and transfusion reactions

Primary liaison with physicians and clinical care staff members related to blood utilization and other transfusion related issues

c. Performs utilization audits of blood product usage and wastage

d. Prepare reports of Joint Commission / AABB/FDA required metrics for clinical departments

e. Provides feedback / coaching to providers related to transfusion use

f. Develops educational materials related to transfusion for patients, nurses, and providers

g. Participates in quality and patient safety initiatives related to blood

h. Serve as a liaison between transfusion service and clinical services

i. Review and participate in performance improvement related to SI reports for transfusion, product recall notices, blood wastage reports

j. Monitor quality of laboratory testing related to transfusion

k. Participate in activities / interactions with regulatory and accreditation agencies

l. Utilizes available material resources responsibly for direct patient care

m. Practices autonomously within the scope of professional nursing practice – patient care competency

n. Participates in change initiatives

o. Demonstrates loyalty and commitment to the inter-professional team in Transfusion Services

p. Incorporates the process of change in daily practice

q. Fosters peer relationships and participates in coaching and mentoring

r. Supports an environment that values and respects the diversity of staff and patients/donors – patient care competency

New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements

The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator is responsible and accountable for providing exemplary nursing practice and has an ethical and professional responsibility to contribute to innovation, improvement, and new knowledge.

New Knowledge

a. Applies new and existing evidence in patient care standards, incorporating new knowledge, innovations, and improvements in clinical practice and the patient care delivery system – professionalism competency

b. Complies with regulatory standards

c. Fosters an environment that challenges the status quo, embraces and promotes change


a. Practices within the established patient care delivery system, consistent with the Professional Practice Model

b. Demonstrates proficiency in providing care to patients and families

c. Improvement

•Participates in assessing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the delivery of safe and effective patient/donor and family care utilizing evidence-based and empirical outcome measurements

Structural Empowerment

The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator engages in problem solving in order to meet unit goals and achieve desired outcomes.

•Fosters an environment conducive to Just Culture by holding self and staff members accountable

•Evaluation: Participates in the evaluation of staff members' clinical performance through contributions to the annual evaluation and professional development processes

•Productivity: Maximizes performance within the scope of practice to accomplish unit goals and achieve desired outcomes

•Demonstrates effective communication, collaboration, conflict management, and resolution – oral communication competency

•Contributes to an innovative environment where strong professional practice flourishes and positive patient and family outcomes are achieved

•Strengthens practice, builds strong relationships and develops partnerships to improve patient and family outcomes on the unit

Exemplary Professional Practice and Empirical Outcomes

Exemplary Professional Practice: The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator applies exceptional professional practice in relationship with patients/families, and the inter-professional team, and understands how new knowledge and evidence is applied.

• Practices evidence-based, quality clinical nursing consistent with current nursing research, the Professional Practice Model, the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Texas, institutional and national practice standards. Adheres to the use of unit's standard operating procedures

•. Delivers care using a systematic approach to achieve measurable, outcome focused, patient/donor care; identifies, implements, and evaluates opportunities for improvement

• Communicates and collaborates effectively with leaders, departments, other disciplines, staff members, patients, and families – professionalism competency

• Integrates ethical principles into clinical practice

• Maintains and integrates knowledge of current clinical practice and technological proficiency; provides clinically competent, compassionate, direct patient care consistent with the Professional Practice Model

• Seeks opportunities to broaden knowledge relevant to the Clinical Nurse role and healthcare through engagement in professional organizations and commitment to life-long learning

Empirical Outcomes

The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator is responsible for seeking out and maintaining knowledge regarding relevant empirical outcomes, including the impact of quality improvement initiatives and institutional best practices on the patient population, nursing workforce and institution, as reflected in unit and institutional metrics.

Clinical Operations

The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator will work with Physicians, Nurses, and Pathologist, laboratory personnel to monitor transfusion reaction. The nurse will ensure that the patient is clinically stable enough to undergo the procedure in conjunction with the patients' primary care team. They will also monitor the patient during and after transfusion procedures, ensuring they tolerate the procedure well and have no adverse reaction. In the event of an adverse reaction, the nurse will intervene to correct reactions and ensure patient safety.

Clinical Support

The Transfusion Med Nurse Coordinator will provide their knowledge and critical thinking skills to ensure the safety of Transfusions.

Other duties as assigned


Education: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Certification: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN).

Preferred Certification: Oncology or related specialty certification

Experience: None

Preferred Experience: Five years patient care to include two years of oncology care. Two to four years' experience in leadership roles in nursing and/or transfusion therapy is preferred.

Onsite Presence: Is Required

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.