Whether you are a transplant coordinator, transplant nurse, procurement transplant coordinator or transplant preservationist, the work you do is very meaningful and vitally important in saving and improving lives. Depending on your transplant specialty consider becoming ABTC certified in one or more following roles:
- Transplant Procurement Coordinators – Professionals who are responsible for the clinical duties related to donor identification, authorization, management, organ recovery, and post-donation follow-up.
- Transplant Preservationists – Professionals who are responsible for organ recovery, aseptic techniques, organ preservations, specimen collection and packing, labeling and shipping.
- Clinical Transplant Coordinators – Professionals who are responsible for the coordination of processes related to solid organ transplantation for both live and deceased donors, and transplant recipients.
- Clinical Transplant Registered Nurses (RN) – Registered nurse professionals who monitor and educate patients pre- and post-transplant, providing psycho-social support. Transplant nurses deliver post-transplant immediate care of the patient and evaluate the function of recipients graft while monitoring complication for infection, rejection, metabolic disorder, and malignancies. Additionally, transplant RN’s administer prescribed medications and support discharge of the transplant donor and recipient.
WHAT IS TRANSPLANT CERTIFICATION
In general, certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental agency formally recognizes specialized knowledge, skills and ability in a designated area through examination. Successful exam candidates are able to use the credential to identify their achievements. Additionally, a public registry of credentialed individuals is provided for verification by employers and members of the public.
Certification establishes the minimum standard in the specialty and offers recognition for those who have met this standard. Test specifications for the exam are derived through an industry-recognized process, in accordance with best practice guidelines, known as a Job Task Analysis or Role Delineation Study.
Through the requirements of the recertification process, certificants demonstrate continuing competence in the field of transplantation.
In particular practitioners who achieve certification on the CPTC, CCTC, CCTN or CTP meet recognized certification standards and through established recertification procedures continue to demonstrate continuing competency.
BENEFITS OF TRANSPLANT CERTIFICATION
Practitioners dedicate years of hard work and study to their profession and should be recognized for their transplant specialty skills and dedication, as well as their enormous personal commitment to patients and families. ABTC certification provides that recognition, along with many other benefits associated with certification:
- Greater control over your career - With certification in organ donation or transplantation, practitioners will be recognized for jobs with higher salaries at quality institutions.
- Professional excellence - Certification signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are highly specialized – that you embody exceptional expertise in your area of specialty.
- Personal achievement - Becoming certified in your field boosts confidence and competence, which can lead to greater job satisfaction and improved patient safety.
- Expert guidance and support - Transplant certification welcomes you into an elite community of ABTC-certified professionals. Through ABTC's growing channels of connectivity among candidates and certified professionals, you will have many opportunities to seek guidance and support from other ABTC-certified professionals in your field.
Why Transplant Centers and OPOs Support Certification
For transplant centers and organ procurement organizations (OPOs), there are many benefits to having ABTC-certified professionals on your transplant team:
- Elevated competitive positioning - When organ donation and transplantation professionals hold specialty certifications from ABTC, it signals to the entire community and practice – and to the public – that your team embodies exceptional expertise in organ transplantation.
- Continuous education and professional growth for your team - By encouraging transplant certification, you can help ensure ongoing professional and intellectual growth for members of your transplant or organ procurement team.
- Magnet-Recognized Transplant Certification - ABTC certifications are Magnet-recognized, which bolsters your organization's efforts in achieving and maintaining Magnet designation.
- Demonstrated Commitment to Excellence: CCTC®, CPTC® and CCTN® ABTC certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, so having certified professionals on your transplant team underscores your organization's commitment to very high standards of practice.
ABTC certification is granted to qualified candidates who complete and pass the certification examination. Each certification is valid for three years, and ABTC-certified professionals can recertify through continuing education activities or by successfully retaking the examination. The number of Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) required for recertification through continuing education is 60.
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