Course Summary

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation are lifesaving and life-altering therapies, but there are serious shortages of donated organs and tissue. Certain states, like New Jersey, have made efforts to increase the number of donors by making it easier to donate an organ or tissue. Since there is a mismatch between need and the supply, a system of recovery and allocation is necessary to decide who will receive the next transplant organ or tissue obtained. Once a transplant is completed, there are common complications and risks associated with the procedure.

Course Format


Learning Objectives

  • To provide basic learning for nurses in aspects of organ donation and transplantation, and to improve the nursing role to educate peers and others relative to organ donation in varied jurisdictions.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Basics of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
    • Allogenic, Syngeneic, and Autologous Donation
    • Donation after Brain Death
    • Donation after Cardiac Death
  • Process of Organ and Tissue Transplantation
    • New Jersey Sharing Network
    • Gift of Life Donor Program
    • Referral for Organ Donation
    • Evaluation
    • Family Discussion
    • Recovery and Allocation
    • Donation and Transplantation Complications and Risks
  • Case Study
    • Discussion
  • Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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