Perioperative nurses’ attitudes toward organ procurement: a systematic review

Weili Gao, Virginia Plummer, Allison Fiona Williams

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To explore and evaluate perioperative nurses’ experience of organ procurement.
Organ procurement is part of the organ donation process, and is typically performed in the perioperative setting. This experience may contribute to perioperative nurses’ feelings of distress and negative attitudes toward organ donation.
Systematic review of the literature.
Primary research studies, published in the English language between 1990-2014 were identified screened and appraised using Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) appraisal tools. Data extraction and analysis followed.
The quality assessment resulted in seven qualitative and three quantitative research studies. The main findings were, 1: Perioperative nurses reported feeling emotionally distressed, challenged, lonely and physically drained throughout the entire organ procurement procedure. 2: Perioperative nurses reported finding their own unique self-coping strategies and ways of eliciting support. 3: Perioperative nurses’ had positive and negative attitudes toward organ donation.
Perioperative nurses reported feelings of sadness, feeling challenged and physically drained through the entire organ procurement procedure, which were influenced by differing factors in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative stages. It is acknowledged that personal coping strategies and support are important to help perioperative nurses improve their psychological wellbeing, and their experiences and attitudes toward organ procurement and donation. The meaningfulness of these findings for practice policy and research is described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-319
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
EventAustralian College of Operating Room Nurses Conference: "A Devil of a Time" - Hobart Tasmania, Australia
Duration: 25 May 201628 May 2016
Conference number: 17th


  • Perioperative nursing
  • Organ procurement
  • Attitude
  • Experience
  • Systematic review

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