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Name: Transplant Nurse
Description: Cares for recipient and living-donor patients throughout the transplantation process from end-stage disease to preoperative to intraoperative experience to aftercare and long-term follow up
Diagnoses: End-stage renal, hepatic, cardiac failure from varied causes; blood malignancies and solid tumors; terminal digestive disorders; irreversible major trauma
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, case manager, transplant coordinator, organ procurement nurse, research nurse
Characteristics: Interdisciplinary collaboration, evolving technology
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Organ resource allocation and other ethical issues, loss and grief
Desirable skills: Knowledge of high-tech treatments, sensitivity in dealing with emotional and ethical issues, communication and teaching skills
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals with transplant centers; hospitals without centers may designate nurses to serve as resource on organ donation for staff
International Transplant Nurses Society
1739 E. Carson Street,
Box #351
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1700
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
14673 Midway Rd. #108
Dallas, TX 75244
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Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation