As the name suggest transplant nurses work with and provide medical aide to individuals who are either donating organs for a transplant or patients who are receiving an organ transplant.
Organ transplants are extremely important for helping patients who are suffering from severe injuries, illnesses or organ failure live a healthy, extended life and may even allow some patients to make a full recovery from a debilitating medical condition or illness.
Transplant nurses have many duties and are responsible for educating and informing patients about their transplant procedure and possible risks, prepping patients, co-workers and medical equipment for transplant surgery, assisting physicians and other medical professionals with transplant procedures, monitoring and evaluating patient vital signs and researching and keeping records of their patients medical history and recovery process among other transplant related duties.
Individuals in need of transplant surgery may include patients suffering from severe lung complications, individuals who are dealing with kidney failure, eye surgery patients, individuals suffering from a heart attack or heart disease and patients who require new or replaced intestinal tissue.
Here is a list describing the most common types of transplants performed on patients:
In terms of location transplant nurses may be found working in a number of different health care facilities such as emergency rooms, hospitals and outpatient surgery centers among other surgery based facilities.
Both living and non living donors may apply to offer their organs to patients in need of life saving organ transplants.
Healthy living donors may offer to donate part of their liver or kidney to patients who may be suffering from liver failure or severe kidney issues, while non living donors may offer to donate more essential organs such as a heart, eyes or lungs.
Because of the complications involved in transplant nursing most hiring facilities require nurses to have at least a 4 year BSN degree and several years of experience working in a critical care setting.
While not necessary most locations will also require nurses to obtain their certified clinical transplant nurse certification (CCTN) before hiring an RN for a potential transplant nursing position.
Just as with many other nursing fields within the health care sector transplant nurses are the backbones of good patient care.
These nurses help alleviate many of the tasks physicians and other busy medical professionals would have to accomplish without their aide.
Without transplant nurses there would be a significant reduction in the speed and efficiency of these transplant specialists, and patients who are in need of immediate medical care would see significant increases in their waiting times due to a lack of sufficient medical assistance.