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|Donor case studies and peer feedback.
|ANF 2011 Professional Issues in Practice Conference: Professions in Focus
|June 23-24, 2011
|Hospital Based Nurse of Organ and Tissue Donation in a Regional Setting- a presentation using donor case studies and peer feedback. In late 2009 federal funding was announced to implement Hospital Based Organ and Tissue Donation nurses throughout Victoria. Ballarat Base Hospital was lucky enough to secure 0.5 EFT of this program. This position was the fist of its kind within the hospital and had to work from a blank canvas to implement national reform and engage key stakeholders of the hospital. The position itself is very autonomous; it relies on networking, media relations, time management and availability. The majority of the role focuses on providing education throughout the hospital and the community on all aspects of the donation process. In a regional area it also provides a face to the community for organ and tissue donation. Importantly the role also provides the critical care areas of the hospital with a support person for staff and the donor family during the donation process. It is easy to judge the success of the national reform program with increased donor numbers- we have been lucky enough to have a jump from 10 donors over 20 years to having 2 donors this year. However, it is not all about the numbers- it is about providing the opportunity to every Australian to be an organ donor, that is why having regional representatives are so successful. An opportunity to present a paper about how we have embraced such an important nursing role within our health service would highlight the important role nurses have during the organ donation process and inspire such roles to continue.
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|ORGAN DONATION - RURAL
TISSUE DONATION - RURAL
RURAL - ORGAN DONORS
RURAL - TISSUE DONORS
ORGAN DONATION - NURSES ROLE
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