• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
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Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Diane Gurney, MS, RN, CEN, FAEN
Peer Reviewer(s): Beverly Alt, RN, CPTC
Item#: N1624
1 Course Book (32 pages)

New Jersey Nurses' Role in Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery

Price $14.95
Item # N1624
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Nurses play an important role not only in the identification and referral of patients for organ donation but also in the safe and competent management of the donor patient. This course is designed to address these topics and meet the New Jersey Board of Nursing continuing education requirement for Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery. The course begins with regulations and policy regarding organ donation, including a discussion of the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Nurses will learn about legal implications, including advance directives, and ethical considerations. The discussion of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) includes the relationship between OPOs and governmental organizations and the process of identification, referral, donation, and recovery. The role of the nurse in organ donation is discussed, including nurses’ perceptions and attitudes, patient identification and triggers for patient referral, and nursing collaboration during the donation process. The course provides a definition of death and discusses cardiorespiratory death, brain death, and organ and tissue viability after cardiac death. Nurses will learn about donor clinical management goals regarding hemodynamic support, oxygenation and ventilation, thermal regulation, hormone replacement, fluid and electrolyte disturbances, coagulation issues, and organ recovery care. Considerations for the families of donors are discussed, including the benefits of family presence during resuscitation.

New Jersey Nurses - This course fulfills the New Jersey Board of Nursing's CE requirement for Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery.

Course Objectives
  • State the importance of regulation and policy associated with organ and tissue donation and their implications.
  • Summarize the role of the nurse in the organ and tissue donation process through collaboration with the Organ Procurement Organization.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of brain death.
  • Discuss the clinical management goals in caring for the donor patient.
  • Analyze the role of the nurse as patient and family advocate as it relates to organ and tissue donation and recovery.
Diane Gurney, MS, RN, CEN, FAEN, has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and over 40 years of experience in emergency nursing as staff nurse, educator, manager, trauma coordinator and EMS coordinator. She is an expert in emergency care including preparing competencies, policies and guidelines for organ donation in several hospital emergency departments and has worked collaboratively with Organ Procurement Nurses to develop programs for organ donation. She has served as an original author for the Emergency Nurses Association Orientation to Emergency Nursing, as the section editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing Triage Decisions Column and currently is the Lead Editor for the Trauma Nursing Core Course, 7th Revision. She was presented the 2004 ENA Education Award, the 2009 ENA President’s Award, the 2011 New Jersey ENA President’s Award, the 1995 Distinguished Certified Emergency Nursing Award and the 2012 ENA Judith Kelleher Award.
Beverly Alt, RN, CPTC, has over 35 years of experience in the health care field. She is a certified procurement transplant coordinator and works at the Cleveland Clinic as a transplant nurse. In 2011 she served as the co-chair for the organization for transplant professionals, NATCO Education Committee. And, from 2008-2012 she served as the co-chair of the Medical Advisory Board Donation After Circulatory Death (DCD) Committee. Beverly has moderated the annual NATCO meeting and presented on the topics of organ and tissue donation for DCD Intensive and on donor management for the bedside nurse.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.