Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses

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Endorsed by the International Transplant Nurses Association, this book provides a guide to safe and effective care for solid organ transplant recipients. It includes coverage of the unique requirements of each organ transplanted, with separate chapters for heart, lung, kidney, liver, small intestine, and pancreas/islet cell transplantation. Other chapters cover important topics that affect all organs, such as immunology, infections, pharmaceutical agents, and patient education and discharge planning.

• Ideal as a review and study guide for the solid organ transplantation certification exam.
• Provides self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.
• Discusses organ-specific evaluations for patients referred for transplantation.
• Identifies key physical findings of infection, rejection, malignancies, and other post-transplant complications.
• Covers the role of the immune system in rejection, infection, and malignancy.
• Describes the various immunosuppressive therapies used in solid organ transplantation.
• Identifies key pharmacologic principles regarding the care of solid organ transplant recipients.
• Discusses ethical issues such as living donations, procurement of deceased donors, and clinical transplantation.
• Describes allocation systems for organs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
• Presents international nursing perspectives on organ transplantation.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Laura A Taylor, PhD, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive presentation of the multifaceted processes required to ensure best care practices for transplant recipients, donors, and families by healthcare practitioners and nurses as they prepare for certification examinations.
Purpose: With more than 70,000 patients on the kidney wait list in the U.S. alone, the impact of transplant around the world cries out for a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated transplant care team. Certification is complex and exceptionally valuable to those in demand of the accuracy of a well formulated knowledge base. The authors have resourcefully designed a book that is based upon "the blueprint from this certification exam development" through the gathering of world-renowned transplant experts in order to best prepare practicing nurses/clinicians for optimal care knowledge/provision for the transplant patient population. The book is relevant and timely.
Audience: As noted in the preface, the book is intended "for transplant clinicians and particularly for nurses preparing for the CCTN examination." It is suitably geared to transplant nurses, and it offers an extensive presentation of transplant care and fitting graphic resources for visual incorporation of theory. The authors are two of the most recognized authorities in transplant nursing and demonstrate unique skills in coordinating the significant contributions of worldwide experts.
Features: The majority of the book is organ specific (heart, intestine, lung, kidney, kidney-pancreas, and liver). Other timely policies and infectious potential complications are well delineated. The key concept of living organ donation, which continues to expand exponentially internationally, is also offered in detail. All chapters are systematically targeted for specific concept/needs of a particular organ. Material is presented methodologically, and includes areas such as treatment of basic contributing disease and education of the family awaiting transplantation. Tables, figures and graphs that are both functional and practical include the recaps of key points that direct readers through various chapters. Other tables cover nursing assessment of graft function and a mnemonic for signs and symptoms of rejection, which cleverly steer clinicians to specific organ graph function alerts. There are more than 160 multiple choice test questions (with easily accessible answers) to prepare clinicians for the certification exam. Unique and advantageous components include the tables throughout the book and the well organized appendix of electrolyte imbalances in adults. This offers not only abnormal findings, but clinical manifestations, potential treatment options and key monitoring components. This is a superbly coordinated presentation that will continue to support clinical decision making. The outline format lends itself to optimal acquisition of knowledge and comprehension.
Assessment: The authors have engaged a collection of globally renowned transplant experts to share their skills and knowledge that is in step with the requirements necessary for best practice certification in transplantation. The book is succinct and well presented and organized. The authors have researched even the most recent of data, especially that of living organ donation, and the various psychosocial considerations among all those impacted by organ transplantation: recipients, donors, families and transplant clinicians.
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Product Details

Table of Contents

1. Transplant Evaluation Process: Physiological and Psychosocial

2. Transplant Immunology

3. Patient Education and Discharge Planning

4. Transplant Pharmacology

5. Transplant Complications: Infectious

6. Transplant Complications: Non-infectious

7. Care of Living Donors

8. Professional Issues in Transplantation

9. Heart Transplantation

10. Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation

11. Liver Transplantation

12. Small Bowel Transplantation

13. Kidney Transplantation

14. Pancreas and SPK Transplantation

15. Pediatric Transplantation: Heart, Kidney, Abdominal, and Intestinal

16. Psychosocial Issues in Transplantation

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