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Transplant Nurse

Transplant nursing is one of many surgical nursing careers that  involves, of course, transplant surgery.  The job description for this position includes prepping patients for surgery, educating patients on the risks and benefits of both donating and receiving organs, caring for post operative patients, watching closely for possible complications after surgery, taking vital signs, and corresponding with family through the surgery process. 

To work as a transplant nurse or any other surgical nurse jobs, you’ll need to hold a current RN. 

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How To Become a Registered Nurse

An RN can be obtained through a 2-year associate of science in nursing program or through a 4-year bachelor of science in nursing program.  Some jobs require that their nurses have at least a BSN (bachelors degree).  It depends on the hiring hospital or agency.  For individuals who wish to start working after just 2 years, that is possible by taking the NCLEX-RN exam once you’ve completed your associates nursing degree.  The NCLEX-RN qualifies you to begin working as a registered nurse. 

For individuals who wish to obtain a bachelors degree after they’ve completed their RN, the RN-to-BSN program is an excellent choice!  This kind of bridge program is widely available at most nursing schools and applies credits from your associate’s degree toward your bachelor’s.  It’s a great choice for people who wish to start working as a nurse after just 2 years.  Many RN-to-BSN students begin accumulating work hours/experience toward their state certifications while they finish their nursing degree.

Becoming a Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse

Nursing Certifications are often required for specialized nursing careers such as Transplant Nurse.  Once you’ve obtained a few years work experience in a surgical nursing setting, you’ll be eligible to take your transplant certification exam, offered through the American Board for Transplant Certification.  Obtaining this nursing certification qualifies you to work as a certified clinical transplant nurse. 

 Nursing Schools

Some of the best nursing schools, according to U.S. News and World Report include Texas Christian University, Loyola University New Orleans, East Carolina University, Medical University of South Carolina, St. Xavier University, and University of Alabama-Huntsville, just to name a few.  These schools also offer online nursing programs which are a great choice if you wish you continue working or caring for a family while you go to school. 

Surgical Nurse Salary

Surgical nursing tends to be one of the highest paying staff nurse positions.  The average surgical nurse salary is around $85,000 per year.