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Solid Organ Transplant Unit

The mission of the Solid Organ Transplant Unit is to provide specialized nursing care through education, research and comprehensive quality patient care. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the Solid Organ Transplant Unit is able to provide a continuum of extraordinary care for patients before and after kidney, liver, pancreas or small bowel transplants. Due to the limited number of facilities performing solid organ transplants in the region, this unit provides a unique opportunity to those interested in working in organ transplantation. Our physicians are known regionally and nationally for their work.

  • This is a 48-bed Adult Step-down unit with private and semi-private rooms and portable cardiac/invasive monitoring capability.
  • The RN is accountable for all aspects of patient care and is assisted by patient care technicians and clerical associate.
  • The Solid Organ Transplant Unit challenges the nurse to utilize critical thinking and assessment skills for these higher acuity patients.
  • It affords the RN the opportunity to care for the patient utilizing an interdisciplinary approach.

Cooperative Care

The transplant program at The Nebraska Medical Center employs a patient care model known as cooperative care. This model places the patient at the center of the health care process. Each patient chooses a care partner, usually a family member or a close friend, who learns the necessary skills to support the patient during hospital and outpatient stays and eventually at home. Patients and their care partners become a part of the health care team, playing a key role in treatment and recovery following transplantation.

This process begins in the acute care setting of the in-patient unit and follows patients through their care in the Lied Transplant Center, so that upon discharge, patients and their care partners have learned the necessary skills to function independently at home. This innovative approach to patient care is a key component in making the Solid Organ Transplant Unit a unique and revolutionary place to work.