Welcome to OnboardingU™

The Alliance Transplant Onboarding Program or OnboardingU™ is a new and innovative e-learning initiative! This program features a library of online training modules intended to supplement a transplant center’s new employee orientation program. We have designed OnboardingU™ to provide all newly-hired transplant staff with a solid foundation of field-related information, in order to facilitate success in their new role, as well as to promote engagement and employee retention. Each of the brief modules contain voiceover scripts, interactive puzzles & games to stimulate learning, and a short closing assessment to measure retention.

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Modules Available and their Objectives
  • History of Transplant: “What makes donation & Transplantation special” objectives: *Identify the significant organ donation and transplantation milestones in history. *Describe the need for transplantation and the life-changing impact of organ donation and transplantation. *Identify the act passed by U.S. Congress that addressed the organ donation shortage and improved the organ matching and placement process.

  • Introduction to Transplantation objectives: *Explain the primary phases in solid organ transplant. *Describe the donation and allocation process. *Identify the primary multidisciplinary roles of the transplant team. *Define commonly encountered transplant terms.

  • Regulatory, Compliance & You objectives: *State the two agencies that conduct surveys of organ transplant centers. *State the frequency of CMS and UNOS surveys for evidence of compliance with established regulations and policies. *Identify the standard sequence of events for transplant regulatory surveys. *List the four types of surveys for organ transplant centers. *List the 5 Key elements of an F-QAPI survey. *Describe typical role specific survey questions that team members may be asked during a survey. *Identify the CMS/UNOS regulations that stipulate what a transplant program needs to have in place for staff orientation, ongoing staff education and patient education.

  • Data Accuracy & Timeliness objectives: *Identify and discuss regulatory agencies involved in transplant. *State timeliness of wait list addition and removal documentation. *Describe TIEDI® forms and state importance of timely and accurate completion. *List organizations and entities that utilize program-specific data and why.

Target Audience: 
The target audience are members of the transplantation team, including administrators, coordinators, nurses, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians and other transplantation center professionals. These modules will be particularly helpful for new transplant staff members and leaders unfamiliar with transplantation, organizations with orientation deficits, and individuals hoping to learn more about transplantation from an interactive and engaging source.

  • View the OnboardingU Demo Video

  • Meet the Transplant Onboarding Program Workgroup Members

    The need for this Transplant Onboarding Program was identified and proposed by The Alliance Transplant Leadership Council and after a survey of the transplant community, became one of the Council’s projects.

    The Alliance would like to thank the members of the Transplant Onboarding Workgroup who have contributed their time and expertise to develop the Transplant Onboarding modules:

    Lead: Melissa Nugent, RN, BSN, CCRN, CCTC, Clinical Educator for Transplant, Texas Children’s Hospital (TX)

    Deborah Mast, BA, Manager, Finance & Data, Stanford University Medical Center (CA)

    Jamie V. Bucio, CPTC, EMT-P, Lead Organ Procurement Coordinator, Thoracic Procurement, University of Chicago Medical Center (IL)

    Karen Hadzic, MSN, RN, Organ Transplant Quality Manager, Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program, Spectrum Health DeVos Children’s Hospital (MI)

    Leanna K. Darland, PharmD, Clincial Pharmacy Generalist – Pediatrics, West Virginia University Medicine, (WV)

    Nina Jarvis, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Heart Transplant/LVAD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital (MO)

    Renee Bennett, RN, BSN, CNOR, CCTC, CCTN, Transplant Administrator, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida (FL)

    Valinda Jones, RN, MSN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator Special Services (Quality), Harper University Hospital (MI)


    The Alliance would also like to acknowledge the following Transplant Leadership Council members for their time and expertise in reviewing the modules:
    Council Chair: Ana Hands, MD, Vice President, International Health & Transplant Services, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    Betty Crandall, RN, MS,  Administrative Director, Transplant Services, Wake Forest Baptist Health (NC)

    Gwen McNatt, RN, PhD, CNN, FNP-BC, Director of Operations, Infectious Disease Center and Kovler Organ Transplantation Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

    Jaclyn Bannon, MHA, Transplant Regulatory Manager, Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD)

    John Rosendale, MS, Biostatistician & Senior Performance Analyst, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)

    Jon Snyder PhD, MS, Director, Transplant Epidemiology, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MN)

    Laura Butler, MSN, FNP-BC, MMHC, Director, Organ Transplant, TriStar Centennial Medical Center (TN)

    Randall S. Sung, MD, Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Stephan Moore MHA, FACHE, CMPE, Administrative Director, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, University of Florida Health – Shands Transplant Center (FL)

    Stuart Sweet, MD, PhD, W. McKim Marriott Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University (MO)

    Timothy J. Stevens, BSN, RN, CCTC, Director, Transplant Services, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (WA)