Transplant Nursing: Implications for the Professional Nurse

 (*Approved for 14.5 CEUs & 14.5 CEPTCs)

University Transplant Center’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for the continuous development of the professional nurse. This program is facilitated by expert staff who incorporate in their teaching - critical thinking, leadership abilities, communication skills, research based practices, patient safety, and professional care development. This two-day program provides extensive education to prepare those applying for a Transplant Nurse Certification.

This activity is to enhance the knowledge and critical reasoning skills of the Registered Nurse in the area of transplant nursing i.e. assessing graft function, medication management, and patient and family home care education by addressing the current lack of experience and knowledge in care of the transplant population in an effort to provide evidence-based, high-quality care as evidence by improved knowledge, critical reasoning of the nurse and positive patient outcomes.

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Understand transplant center organizational structure and healthcare roles
  • Define nursing role as a member of a transplant team
  • Evaluate different methods and ways to support clinical practice and compliance behaviors in patient education
  • Describe the function of the normal immune system
  • Integrate knowledge of immunosuppressant therapy and strategize important principles in the care of immunosuppressed patients
  • Recognize, differentiate and describe current drugs used in transplantation, indications, mechanism of action, dosage/administration, and side effect/adverse reactions/precautions
  • Examine nursing monitoring parameters for the various drugs and implement patient education for transplant drug regimen
  • Define criteria for patient evaluations, process for placing patients on the transplant list, increased risk donor, post procedure monitoring and nursing interventions and potential complications
  • Describe common pulmonary diagnosis, post-op management and potential complications of lung transplantation
  • Describe the indications and characteristics of liver transplantation and split liver procedure
  • Identify pathophysiology progression of liver disease leading to cirrhosis and describe the impact and effect of cirrhotic liver
  • Describe the current status of kidney and kidney pancreas transplantation, post-op management and potential complications
  • Develop a patient plan of care and nursing care plan for post-op transplantation based on current protocols
  • Discuss patient referral process and specifics to consents and requirements in regards to PHI
  • Discuss criteria for successful transplant, potential complications, rejection, outcomes, patient lifestyle challenges, bedside interactions with transplant recipients and their families
  • Summarize, describe and debunk myths and misconceptions related to national donation and transplantation systems

University Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. As a designated Approved Provider by the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) University Health System and UT Transplant Program grants up to 14.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) for this offering. ABTC Approval Number 205-02.


Christina Williams