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Issues in Organ Procurement, Allocation, and Transplantation

Nierste, Deborah

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182839b47
Feature: CE Connection
Abstract

ABSTRACT: Organ transplantation extends lives and improves health but presents complex ethical dilemmas for nurses caring for donors, recipients, and their families. This article overviews organ procurement and allocation, discusses ethical dilemmas in transplantation, and offers strategies from professional and biblical perspectives for coping with moral distress and maintaining compassionate care.

In Brief

Organ transplantation presents complex ethical dilemmas for nurses working in multiple care areas. Learn about organ procurement and allocation along with strategies for coping with moral distress and maintaining compassionate care for donors, recipients, and their families.

Author Information

Deborah Nierste, BSN, RN, serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Education.

Accepted by peer review 12/13/12.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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