Johnson City

Medical Center nurses help through colleagues' organ donations

Program is one-of-a-kind

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Nurses at the Johnson City Medical Center are starting a one-of-a-kind program that will help fellow nurses deal with organ donations of a patient who has recently died.

Mike Woodard is a part of the team called NODS, which stands for Nursing Organ Donation Support. He tells us the program has eight nurses who have been involved with organ donations throughout the years who will give support to some of the newer people who don't have as much experience.

Woodard says the group will give fellow nurses support to manage a new donor patient after death. "We have to separate our own emotional involvement and simply do what needs to be done. When you're involved in that process is when you need someone like a NODS person to come in and say, 'It's okay. Step away, gather what you need to gather, then come back in and we'll manage it for you in the interim.'"

Woodard says right now they will start the program in the intensive care unit. We've learned they hope to expand the program to the emergency department and children's hospital. 

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