Date of Graduation

Summer 8-15-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Carlee Balzaretti


This project focuses on the CNL curriculum element of Nursing Leadership and explores the need for appropriate education and training for liver transplant as a new patient population for Medical Surgical ICU nurses. The transplant experience for these nurses currently include critically ill Bone Marrow Transplant, as well as stable heart and lunch transplant. The methods used to implement the project were to develop an education curriculum, a clinical orientation program, and a process to ensure proper communication occurs between all parties prior to clinical orientation. The competency-based orientation document, which is still being drafted, is used to determine clinical competency. Although the education and training will be ongoing, 22 nurses are expected to be considered competent by the completion of this project. As of the time of this writing, 50 nurses have attended the liver transplant education class with another 12 registered for the final summer class. A pre-test was completed prior to the class by all registrants, while only 15 nurses have completed the post-test and six nurses have obtained some clinical orientation. This paper reviews articles published on nursing care immediately post operation, education and learning methods, and effectiveness of structured orientation.