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TRMC nurses receive special training in organ donation process

Three nurses with Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) recently received special organ donation training with LifeLink of Georgia. This included Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse Manager Michael Thompson, RN, Clinic Nurse Educator Stephannie McClain, RN, and Emergency Department Nurse Destiny Garmon, RN.

Each TRMC nurse was trained in the donation process, allowing them to be additional resources at their respective hospitals with referrals, donor management of cases, and family care.

LifeLink Donor Resource Programs are a departure from the traditional collaborative conferences with hundreds of attendees and broad topics about donation. The Donor Resource Programs are limited to a small number of nurses, selected by LifeLink staff, hospital directors, and hospital management teams. They are intentionally kept small to allow for more informal and in-depth discussions.

The Donor Resource Role allows the hospital clinical staff to represent an in-depth knowledge base for nurse colleagues, ensure referral protocols are consistent with state and federal regulatory standards, identify and initiate timely referrals, assist with measures to address missed or late referrals, facilitate communication and supportive huddle during donor cases, implement the use of process improvement tools, and understand hospital’s compliance performance through data. For more information about the LifeLink Donor Resource Program, contact LifeLink of Georgia’s Hospital Development Department at 800-544-6667.

L-R: Michael Thompson, RN, Stephannie McClain, RN, and Destiny Garmon, RN with Tift Regional Medical Center