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Organ Procurement Transporter

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Jonathan Bethea has 1 years experience and specializes in LPN.

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Hello, 

My name is Jonathan. I recently graduated with my LPN and currently pursuing my RN. I am interested in organ transplant transportation via plane or helicopter. I know that a typical flight nurse position requires 3-5 years of ICU/trauma experience - future plans. My question is, how do nurses get jobs with flight organ transplant transportation? I have searched everywhere, but cannot find anything. Any suggestions? 

Thanks! 

-Jonathan 

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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Typically the procurement team transports the organ. It is not a separate person uninvolved in the process. Flight nursing really doesn't enter into transporting organs and not entire patients. 

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Our surgeons for organ procurement come from the transplanting facility in the majority of cases. The organ(s) go with them.

Additionally, based on the organ and the distance to the receiving facility, it may be more common for ground transport in the form of ambulances to be used. The only organs that leave via air in my facility are heart and lungs, and these are transferred in the regular chopper used for patient transport, not one dedicated to transplant only. Because of our patient population that consent to donation, we procure far more kidney and liver than we do heart and lung.

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