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Transplant Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Transplant Nurses help patients donate and receive organs. They prepare living donors for transplant procedures and inform them on any risks involved in the donation. Living donors are people who volunteer to donate organs and tissues like bone marrow, a kidney or even a portion of their liver. Transplant Nurses also care for patients who receive essential organs, such as a heart or lungs, from deceased donors. As a Transplant Nurse, you can assist the medical team during surgery and work in post-operative care, monitoring patients for complications like organ rejection.

Things You'll Do:

  • Take medical histories
  • Order lab tests to confirm an organ match
  • Clear patients and donors for surgery
  • Monitor patients’ vital signs after surgery

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take elective courses in medical-surgical nursing during school.
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get a few years of experience in critical care, intensive care or medical-surgical nursing before applying to take your certification exam for transplant nursing.
  • Pass Your
    Transplant Nurse certification exam through the American Board for Transplant Certification.
  • Become a
    Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory surgical units

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Currently, more than 100,000 people are awaiting organs in the US, and that number grows as our population does; the number of donors is also increasing every year.

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