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Be an Organ Transplant Nurse

If you are a nurse in New York and would like to advise and see the patient through an organ transplant, now is the time. The need for medical professionals in this field grows by the day. However there is quite a bit of experience and training needed for these types of nurse roles in New York.

This nursing specialization requires additional education, training and experience and involves much more than just working in the operating room when an organ transplant takes place.


In addition to one’s basic nursing credentials the American Board for Transplant Certification provides transplant credentials to the nurses who wish to work in transplantation. The following are the credentials that are offered by the ABTC:

  • Transplant Preservationist
  • Clinical Transplant Nurse
  • Procurement Transplant Coordinator

Candidates for these certifications must pass uniform exams to receive the credential.


  • Assists with all the various responsibilities and activities during the transplant surgery.
  • Meets the patient in pre-op and performs all pre-op activities such as vitals, IV hookup, and medication passage including the anesthesia.
  • Be a full-fledged member of the transplant team.
  • Do whatever the team needs you to do to provide the patient with the best possible care.


When you are a transplant nurse your entire life is impacted. Your work dictates your lifestyle rather than your lifestyle dictating where and how you work. Finding a healthy balance between work and play is essential to transplant nurses who are often on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The changes in the national health care system are also impacting the lifestyle of the transplant nurse as cuts in revenue have forced greater caseloads and a need for the nurse practitioner. The RN with a Clinical Transplant Nurse Certification might now want to pursue an advanced degree to become a Nurse Practitioner who is certified for organ transplantation.

The nurse who pursues this field must have a passion for it. It can be incredibly rewarding and terribly heartbreaking. Pediatric organ transplantation is the most challenging of all in this respect. The Pediatric Transplant Nurse or Pediatric Transplant Nurse-Practitioner must have a lot of internal fortitude, compassion and strength.

The rewards are as obvious as the downside. Transplant nurses see their young patients struggle so hard, see them receive a new organ and a miraculous recovery, only to see organs rejected and children relapse. Some patients do extremely well and you get to watch them grow and thrive – giving you the greatest of rewards. Remember however that people do die while waiting for an organ to become available and that adds to the heartbreaking aspects of the job.


Being a transplant nurse is a rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by 22% by 2018 with a minimum salary of about $62,000. However, the salaries are based on locations and cost of living. It also depends on certifications and experience. The minimum salary in a place like Chicago is around $76,000.

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Attention Nurses: Want an Exciting Career?

Tired of the rotating and split shifts? Tired of working 12 hour shifts? How about all the hustle and stress of the ER, is it taking a toll? Are you ready to leave patient care and make an exciting career change? How about making some real money before you retire? If you answered yes to these questions then you might consider becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant.

“A what?” you say. What is a Legal Nurse Consultant and what qualifications do I need? Do I have to go to law school? A Legal Nurse Consultant uses their nursing experience and training to consult in medical-legal cases/claims to evaluate the standard of care, the cause of medical situations, potential damages etc. You might handle medical malpractice suits as well as others. You could work for a law firm, for a government agency, insurance companies, health care firms, or you could work independently.

So what credentials do you need in New York to break into this exciting and lucrative field? Being a nurse is a start but it is not enough to give you the credibility you need in court. For that you should have an advanced degree and some legal training. A MSN or even a Ph.D. is an excellent credential for the field. You will also want to continue working in the nursing field either with patients or teaching potential nurses.

In addition to advanced education, nursing training and legal training, a LNC (Legal Nurse Consultant) must have excellent communication skills to be both credible as an expert and understandable to a lay jury. One must be able to explain things like standard of care and other difficult medical issues. You have to have the mental disposition to stay calm under the lawyer’s barrage of questions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Certification is not required but advisable.
  • Certification can be attained by passing the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification
  • In order to take the test you need to be a licensed RN having practiced for five years and 2000+ hours experience working as a LNC.

So even though this is a great career with great responsibilities, great pay and benefits, it still is not for everyone.  Do you like to write reports? Are you comfortable with giving testimony? Are you good at analyzing and inductive reasoning? Can you work by yourself and meet deadlines? The biggest challenge might be that you have to challenge others who are professionals and have advanced degrees. It is not an easy thing to do and you have to be sure enough of yourself and comfortable enough with yourself to not be intimidated by others no matter what.

So if you meet the requirements stated above and it sounds like an exciting field to move into, go for it! Salaries are from $90,000 a year and into six figures. Considering the benefits and retirement funds you could gain from doing this for just a few years, it could make a big difference for your future.