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  1. TonyaMarie

    Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC)

    I know your post was written over a year ago but I wanted to know if you were able to find out what you needed to know about transplant coordination? I've been a solid organ transplant coordinator for 11 years and certified for 6 years and am now serving as the nurse manager of a transplant program. My career as a coordinator started in Southern CA at one of the largest transplant centers in the country. There is lots of room for growth in solid organ transplantation and we are always looking for dedicated nurses who desire a career in transplant. Transplant coordinators also tend to be on a higher pay scale than most nurses. If you have any questions for me I'll be glad to answer them.
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    The Enemy... The Nurse Manager

    There is a lot of negativity here against leadership. How about becoming a leader (without the title) to support your leader and things will work better from the bottom to the top. I'm a 20 plus year veteran nurse and I've had about 1 or 2 bad leaders in my career but even with this I was able to see the good in what I do and worked as if I am the leader. Leaders aren't there to make your life comfortable but to make sure you get paid and have all the necessary things to get your work done. What's sad is there are more nurses who'd rather complain than just simply focus on doing good work. Nursing is hard work alone and attacking leaders is not making it any better.
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    The Enemy... The Nurse Manager

    I recently got promoted to a nurse manager within my department and I'm going to tell you what my mom told me, "Make new friends at the level you're on." Shortly after starting I realized that my teammates (now my employees) will never understand my role because they have never been there. It's sort of like telling a person that's never been married what marriage is all about. I remind myself daily what it's like to walk in their shoes and what can I do to make it better. I know that you're doing all you can but diligence is key. Sooner or later things will turn around. You've made a great career move and your heart is in the right place so don't let the negativity get you down. I'm rooting for you!
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    Making 100k salary/ income?

    I am on the late freight with answering this question. I haven't read the other comments but I've worked in solid organ transplant for 11 years and it's a 6 figure job in most states with the certification/BSN included. Now if they are young and just starting out they probably will not get 6 figures. I was a RN for 12 years prior to becoming a transplant coordinator. I started as a transplant coordinator in California making $80k and after a year was making 6 figures thanks to union contract negotiations...but I also love what I do. The key is loving the job. The money will come once they find their passion.
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    How To Get Started As A Nurse Writer

    Hi Tonya, what kind of writing are you thinking of? Many of us here do different types of "gigs". I'm a blogger (my own blog) and have blogged for other sites as well (paid by the article). I also do content development, procedure reviews, and serve as a subject matter expert (all paid contract work). Let me know if I can answer any specific questions you have, or point you to an expert Hi Nurse Beth, I actually have a gig with an online study site writing lessons for nursing students (contractor). The jobs I was looking at are with pharmaceutical companies and I don't have a background in that field. My career has taken a turn since my last post so for the time being I'll continue to build my portfolio with the study site. It brings me joy knowing that my work is getting published. It's not much money for the amount of work involved but I love it.
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    How To Get Started As A Nurse Writer

    Thank you for your information. I joined the American Medical Writer's Association (a suggestion from someone's blog) a few months ago and am overwhelmed with the amount of information and have no idea where to start. All the seminars etc. are physician and pharmacist driven. I'm not sure if I will renew my membership next year. Again thank you Elizabeth for your post. :)