Transplant Nurse Coordinator
The Transplant Nurse Coordinator, working with the transplant team, manages all aspects of your transplant care, both before and after your surgery. This nurse is responsible for coordinating your referral process, on-site visit, diagnostic testing, patient education, in-patient hospital stay, and discharge planning. This coordination will continue to be available to your referring VA after you return home.
The Transplant Surgeon specializes in transplant surgery. One of the surgeons will conduct a thorough surgical evaluation of the patient prior to the surgery. This evaluation will assess your personal risks and the benefits of renal transplantation. The surgeon will also discuss any concerns you and your family may have about the surgery, the incision, or the recuperative period.
The Transplant Nephrologist specializes in the medical treatment of kidney disorders and works with the transplant team to ensure optimal functioning of the new kidney. This physician completes a physical examination prior to transplant surgery to assess the risks and benefits of surgery. The nephrologist will discuss any medical issues with you and your family.
Transplant Social Worker
The Transplant Social Worker helps patients and families with non-medical issues that may arise before, during, or after transplantation. The social worker completes an evaluation on potential recipients and donors. As a licensed counselor, the social worker helps patients and families manage the complex emotional, personal, social, and psychological issues of transplantation at any point in the transplant process.
The Transplant Clerk provides clerical and supportive services and serves as a vital communication link for you and the entire transplant team. The clerk coordinates your travel arrangements to Iowa City with your referring VA. In addition, the clerk handles your lodging reservations and makes your return clinic appointments for you. You will find the clerk helpful in answering your administrative questions.
Many other health care experts work with the transplant team to provide for your care. These professionals include dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacists, chaplains, and nursing personnel. Each team member plays a distinct and vital role in your care.