Vol. 3 No. 2 (2024): evolution of vascular access

Nurse specialist in the organ and tissue donation process with coordination role: a scoping review protocol

Donato Longo
Intensive Care Unite, “Vito Fazzi” Hospital, Lecce, Italy
Nicola Ramacciati
Researcher in Nursing Science. Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Rende (Cs), Italy
Gian Domenico Giusti
Adjunct Professor, Bachelor Degree in Nursing of Perugia University - Perugia, Italy. Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia, Perugia, Italy

Published 2024-06-01


  • Coordinator,
  • Donation,
  • Nurse,
  • Organ,
  • Procurement


Introduction: Organ and tissue donation may be the only therapeutic possibility for some people with an end-stage disease. Good planning and scheduling is required to maximize this important activity. One way to increase the number and quality of organ donations could be to use the role of Nurse Transplant Coordinator.
Objective: The aim of this scoping review is to map the literature to understand whether the figure of Nurse Transplant Coordinator can improve outcomes in the organ and tissue donation process. Inclusion criteria: All study designs carried out from 1990 to today will be included. Studies that include organ and tissue donations in which the figure of a specialized and dedicated nurse with a leadership role is present will be included in the scoping review protocol. Both public and private healthcare settings will be considered.
Methods: The review protocol is carried out using the JBI manual for knowledge synthesis methodology and the PRISMA-ScR guidelines. The scoping review will be completed in five phases: determining the research question, research strategy, inclusion criteria, data extraction and synthesis and presentation of the results. The bibliographic search will be carried out on the Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL and Google Scholar search engines. The screening of articles will take place in three phases. Data will be extracted independently by the authors using standardized tools. Data will be summarized and analyzed using graphs and tables and through descriptive and narrative analysis.


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