How Critical Care Nurses' Role and Education Affect Organ Donation

Oluwafunmilayo Ololade Jawoniyi, Kevin Gormley

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Organ and tissue dysfunction and failure cause high mortality rates around the world. Tissue and organs transplantation is an established, cost-effective, life-saving treatment for patients with organ failure. However, there is a large gap between the need for and the supply of donor organs. Acute and critical care nurses have a central role in the organ donation process, from identifying and assessing potential donors and supporting their families to involvement in logistics. Nurses with an in-depth knowledge of donation understand its clinical and technical aspects as well as the moral and legal considerations. Nurses have a major role to play in tackling organ and tissue shortages. Such a role cannot be adequately performed if nurses are not fully educated about donation and transplant. Such education could be incorporated into mandatory training and completed by all nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-700
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - May 2015


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