Transplant Nursing

The Career Path to Become a Transplant Nurse

Transplant nurses help patients donate and receive organs. They prepare living donors for transplant procedures and inform them on any risks involved in the donation. Living donors are people who volunteer to donate organs and tissues like bone marrow, a kidney or even a portion of their liver. Transplant nurses also care for patients who receive essential organs, such as a heart or lungs, from deceased donors. As a transplant nurse, you can assist the medical team during surgery and work in post-operative care, monitoring patients for complications like organ rejection.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK IN CRITICAL CARE, INTENSIVE CARE, OR MEDICAL-SURGICAL FOR A FEW YEARS
  • EARN YOUR CCTN CERTIFICATION

 

$64,000 - $93,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Taking medical histories
  • Ordering lab tests to confirm an organ match
  • Clearing patients and donors for surgery
  • Monitoring patients’ vital signs after surgery

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Transplant facilities

Certification

RN, Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN)