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The only integrated delivery system for organ transplant services in North America, BC Transplant (BCT) is a leading comprehensive health care organization responsible for all aspects of organ donation and transplantation in BC. As part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, our impact can be felt in communities across BC where our specialized health care and outreach services are touching lives every day.


BCT is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose. 


Organ Recovery Assistant 

Casual Opportunities

Wage Information: $37.50 per hour (when working) and on call rate of $4.25 per hour (regardless if called in). 

Location(s):  Lower Mainland, British Columbia  


Reporting to the Clinical Operations Manager, and as a member of an integrated organ recovery surgical team, the Organ Recovery Assistant performs the scrub nurse role and duties in a donor hospital operating room environment in collaboration with the Organ Donor Specialist (ODS) and/ or Surgical Recovery Specialist, coordinating the retrieval process in the OR. The duties performed intra-operatively are in accordance with established standards and procedures as outlined in the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), Operating Room Nurses of Canada (ORNAC) and BC Transplant (BCT) Standard Operating Procedures. Please note a personal cellular phone is mandatory in order to be contacted for shifts.  


Example of Duties & Accountabilities

  • Performs duties within the scope of practice of a Peri-operative Nurse/Technologist. 
  • Responsible for the setup and preparation of surgical procedures, including scrubbing in, setting up equipment, and handing surgical instruments to the surgeon. 
  • Participates in the recovery of organs by responding to the intra-operative requirements of each individual donor case as directed by the Organ Donation Practitioner and/or Surgical Recovery Specialist, and according to physician’s orders. 
  • Assists with the orientation and training of new Organ Recovery Assistants. 
  • Performs other related duties to support the donor hospital and BCT recovery team, as assigned by the Organ Donation Practitioner and/or Surgical Recovery Specialist, for the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation. (e.g., Assists donor hospital OR staff, as appropriate). 
  • Attends a minimum of two BCTS ORA-RN Education sessions per calendar year. 


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to Graduation from an approved school of nursing, completion of a recognized OR/ PAR program plus two (2) years recent experience in an Operating Room or Surgical Suite setting.
  • Current full practicing licensure with the CRNBC.
  • Current CPR-Basic Certification recommended.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to respond to the dynamic circumstances in a donor surgery.
  • Ability to operate standard operating room, and BC Transplant-specific equipment.
  • Ability to organize workload and set priorities in a fast-paced surgical setting.
  • Valid passport and eligibility to travel to/from the US.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the job, including flying in small planes.

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