Training programs vary from one OPO to another, however, many require detailed and highly structured training which may last for months because specific goals must be met.

Structured training programs often require dedicated preceptors. Some methodology, such as a check list, should be used to ensure the trainee accomplishes each job responsibility at an acceptable level, and exhibits a full understanding of the RSC job requirements. Separating every responsibility into phases provides training data in an orderly, systematic manner. Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) has segmented its training program into ten phases. STA's training manuals explain every detail of the organ donation process in a sequential, logical order. STA also has dedicated preceptors that oversee the development and weekly progress of every trainee. Criteria for the preceptor position include years of experience as an independent RSC, outstanding performance, and demonstrated leadership characteristics.

As part of the training process, weekly meetings are held between the preceptor and trainee, in conjunction with the training supervisor, to discuss every detail of each case in which they are involved. The check-list and case evaluation are reviewed and goals are set for the trainee. A monthly report is developed by the preceptor and training supervisor and forwarded to the manager of recovery services. RSC training at STA lasts an average of six months depending on the available experiences during each individual's training period. Trainees need experiences in a variety of hospitals with different patient acuity levels. Although each trainee may experience many things under the direction of his/her preceptor, prior to practicing independently, the preceptor must be certain that the trainee will be confident and assertive when faced with the challenges of the recovery process. RSCs at OPOs that cover a logistically diverse territory may work in entirely different hospital settings daily. An OPO's territory may cover a population of up to 10.3 million.7

Once a trainee has completed 12 months of work as an RSC, he or she is eligible to take a national examination for certification, which credentials the RSC as a certified procurement transplant coordinator (CPTC). This signifies a level of competency measured by national standards.2

Upon completion of the training program, the RSC functions independently on the call schedule. The RSC may be required to cover any number of call days during a given month, and call days may involve an entire 24 hour period or be broken down into 12 hour increments.

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