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The critical aspect of a Family Donation Conversation is that it is a PROCESS and not an event.

The Donation Conversation as a Process

The critical aspect of a Family Donation Conversation is that it is a PROCESS and not an event.

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Factors to Consider

3Donation Conversation Goals:

  1. A well-informed decision – Ensure that the family is aware of the powerful significance of the decision they are making; this requires sensitivity and careful attention to protecting the family from feeling pressured in any way.
  2. A proactive decision – Is characterized as a decision the family and the donor would have made on an ordinary day, at a time when they had full knowledge of the impact and meaning of the decision and could make a determination that was consistent with their values and beliefs.
  3. An enduring decision – Is one that the family could look back on in the years to come, as the right decision for them, and the one they would make again.

Helpful Resources

Based on a webinar conducted on January 10, 2023: “The Donation Conversation as a Process: How Research and Experience Can Be Used to Develop Evidence-Based Standards of Practice” presented by Patti Mulvania & Dr. Laura Siminoff

Questions & Comments

Please send all questions and/or feedback to [email protected].

A special thanks to Patti Mulvania, RN, BSN, CPTC, and Dr. Laura Siminoff for their review of this Spotlight and presentation of the webinar on this topic.

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A Special Thanks to This Series’ Contributors

Hedi Aguiar
Hedi Aguiar
Program Consultant
Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Deanna Fenton
About the Editor |
Deanna Fenton

Deanna is a knowledgeable and versatile professional with diverse experiences in healthcare, client relations, marketing, project management and demonstrated skills in leadership and advocacy. Prior to joining The Alliance, she worked in Hospital Development at her local OPO in the state of New Jersey where she served as the clinical liaison to a number of Level 1 Trauma & Neuroscience centers as well as community hospitals. Her personal connection as a donor family and friend fuels her passion to support her colleagues across the donation-transplantation continuum through the development of valuable educational resources that ultimately boost performance and improve outcome measures. Deanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor degree in Public Health from Montclair State University. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys visiting vineyards, spending time with her family, and traveling in hopes of visiting all seven wonders of the world.

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