Need help with topic

  1. I am in my last semester of RN school. We have to do a group project for Prof. Roles/Development. We are having a tough time picking a topic. I wanted to do the nurses's role in organ donation, but after speaking with the SICU charge RN today, there doesn't seem to be one besides support. Don't get me wrong, it is important, but how do you make an entire presentation, paper and board out of it. KWIM?

    What would you do?
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  3. by   moongirl
    what about the nurses role in infant adpotions?
  4. by   BeccaznRN
    How about transplant coordination? There are many things out there on this topic! Not only could you shadow/interview a RN in this role, but also talk about subjects such as organ allocation, how programs select candidates for transplant, and how to advocate for more people to become organ donors (especially to the families of patients that are facing death or have a DNR order). I would go for it! What a fascinating topic!
  5. by   GeminiTwinRN
    I bet you could get info on the topic you want to do on your state level of Organ Donation Assoc. For instance, I'm in KY, and we call KODA from the ICU anytime we have a death, or a person who may be a candidate in the near future prior to their death. I recently saw a letter from the association addressed to the RNs on our unit thanking them for the referral, and letting them know of all the different people who had received whichever organs, and how they are coping and are so appreciative.

    It would be a great topic, IMO!
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Beavis
    I am in my last semester of RN school. We have to do a group project for Prof. Roles/Development. We are having a tough time picking a topic. I wanted to do the nurses's role in organ donation, but after speaking with the SICU charge RN today, there doesn't seem to be one besides support. Don't get me wrong, it is important, but how do you make an entire presentation, paper and board out of it. KWIM?

    What would you do?
    You went to the wrong source. Speak with an RN who works for a Donation/Transplant Center. Most have extensive training on the subject and may be certified grief counselors which prepares them for approaching a family after their immediate loss. We had an RN from Midsouth Transplant Association speak with our SNA, and it was amazing! Very Informative. I think it would be a great topic to discuss!
  7. by   RFrank4
    I don't know about nurses not having a role in transplants at all. I took a biomedical ethics course-we discussed the topic of hospital ethics committees, who will decide who gets the organ and whatnot. There's usually an NP on the committee. Hope that helps.
  8. by   Imafloat
    Another good topic is nurse as a change agent. I did this topic and brought in a lot of current legislation I found on the ANA website and the ANA's stance on the legislation. It brought up a lot of great conversation between the students and the professor.
  9. by   CaseManager1947
    You might narrow downMyBSN's topic to be on Diabetes teaching, Smoking Cessation, Cardiac ED. whatever strikes your fancy. You could certainly find someone who fits that rolel, and interview them to get more data. Here in our community we have a NP who is the program director for a community based support group for the SPMI population (severe and persistently mentally ill). She does a great job. Maybe something a little out of the box. I don't know, just throwing out ideas.


    Morghan, ARNP

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