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In honor of National Nurses Week, share your favorite part of being a nurse. Whether it is a specific story or a general part of the job, share in the comments!

 

Note: Please do not share any personal information about patients that might violate HIPAA. Thank you!

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In honor of National Nurses Week, test your knowledge of nursing trivia!

 

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Nursing is an ever growing field, and while many people know from a young age that they would like to be a nurse, others become nurses later in life and make a career change. Did you always know you wanted to be a nurse? And, if you aren't a nurse, did you ever consider becoming a nurse? Cast your vote in today's poll, and share in the comments!

 

Was nursing your first career choice?

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Clint Burns, a program coordinator for organ and tissue donation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, has over 14 years of experience as a critical care nurse specializing in trauma and transplant. He received a liver transplant 20 years ago at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and has mentored transplant recipients at Johns Hopkins for the past 15 years. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in nursing.

 

How old were you when you had your transplant?

I was born with a rare liver condition called benign recurrent cholestasis. I was a Johns Hopkins patient for 25 years, and I had plasmapheresis once a week for four years from ages 19 to 25. At age 25, I received a liver transplant. The transplant was done on June 15, 1994. Dr. Burdick, Dr. Klein and Dr. Maley were my surgeons. In my current role, I work with some of the nurses who took care of me during that time.

 

How long were you on the waitlist after you were told you needed a transplant?

I knew I needed a transplant at age 17, but I was not put on the actual transplant list until I was 24. I was on the list for one year. I received a liver from a deceased donor. I had the pleasure of meeting my donor family 18 years after my transplant, and we keep in touch on a regular basis.

 

Was your transplant one of the reasons you went into nursing and work at Johns Hopkins?

I went to college four months after my transplant. My first job in nursing was in a medical surgical transplant unit at Johns Hopkins. It was the same unit in which I was a patient. It was a natural career progression and was where life seemed to take me. Receiving such an incredible gift was what motivated to me to become a nurse.

 

What does your role as the in-house coordinator for organ and tissue donation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland entail?

As the in-house coordinator, I facilitate the organ and tissue donation processes. My primary responsibilities include education of staff, policy implementation and review, and support during active cases and after action reviews for donor cases. I manage donors and provide support to potential donor families, and I also develop the organ and tissue donor memorial wall and annual ceremony. I am also a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Organ Donor Council, support the pastoral care chaplain residents and help with community outreach by speaking at churches, schools and hospitals.

 

How does your transplant affect your daily life?

I’m married and have four children, all boys, including 15-month-old twins. I named my oldest son Jared Maley Burns after Dr. Maley, who was one of the surgeons who performed my transplant.

 

What is one thing you wish that everyone knew about organ donation?

My job is educating Johns Hopkins staff and the public on organ and tissue donation, and there are so many things I wish people know about donation. I don’t think people know that you are 100 times more likely to be in need of an organ than to ever be in the position of donating organs. We need to be there for each other as a community. Over 6,000 people a year die waiting on a lifesaving organ. Please take the time to educate yourself and your family on organ and tissue donation and designate yourself at www.donatelifemaryland.org or at the MVA. One person can save eight lives and help over 50 people with tissue donation.

 

To hear more about organ and tissue donation, please join Clint Burns, RN and Amy Morris, MHA, on Thursday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. for a Facebook Chat: Understanding Transplantation and Organ and Tissue Donation. Submit your questions now, or join tomorrow at: https://www.facebook.com/Johns.Hopkins.Medicine/photos/a.136449859193.107051.35281659193/10152287167654194/?type=1&stream_ref=10

 

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In honor of National Poetry Month, what is your favorite poem? Do you enjoy writing poetry? Share a favorite that you've read, or one from your personal collection!

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Many school children are on spring vacation from school this week, some staying close to home while other families travel to visit family, friends or a warmer location. What was your favorite spring vacation memory from growing up?

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With the start of spring comes the start of America's favorite pastime. See how much you know about baseball in today's Trivia Tuesday!

 

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This weekend was the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, D.C., a popular spring tradition for many. Did you go to the festival? Do you like to visit the tulip garden in Baltimore? What is your favorite spring flower? Cast your vote and share in the comments!

 

What is your favorite spring flower?

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Do you have a favorite part of your work day that you look forward to? Share the highlight of your day in the comments!

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What was your favorite fashion style from decades past? Do you miss the days of bell bottoms and go-go boots, or did you prefer the shoulder pads and power suits of the 1980s? Share your favorite fashion memories in the comments!

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