Liver Transplant: Beyond The Basics

Doctor with stethoscope and liver on the  hands in a hospital

Contact Hours: 3.5

The first liver transplant was performed in 1967 by Dr. Thomas Starzl. Today, liver disease is the 12th most common cause of death. Liver transplant remains the last treatment option for patients with end-stage liver disease.

Do you want to learn more about the transplant process and how patients are evaluated?

In this course we will discuss all things liver transplant. You will come away from this course with a better understanding of the process of transplantation as well as the long-term implications.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose statement
  3. Stages of Liver Disease
  4. Causes of Liver Disease
  5. Case Study: Meet The Patient
  6. When Demand Exceeds Supply: How Do We Allocate Livers?
  7. Case Study: History of Present Illness
  8. Evaluation Process
  9. Case Study: The Workup
  10. Living Donor Liver Transplant: The Other Kind of Transplant
  11. Contraindications of Transplantation
  12. Transplant Complications
  13. Case Study: The Post-Operative Period
  14. Post Transplant Management: Immunosuppression, Infection Prevention, and Long Term Outcomes
  15. Summary
  16. References (Bibliography)

More Course Information

In this course you will learn about liver transplantation in end-stage hepatic disease.

Course Author: Chelsea McCracken, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of the course the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify when liver transplantation is an appropriate treatment modality for end-stage liver disease.
  2. Discuss the process of transplant workup and evaluation.
  3. Understand the post-operative care required for liver transplant recipients.

Continuing Education Hours: 

This course will take the average learner 225 minutes to complete and awards 3.5 contact hours of continuing education.

Target Audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN) 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) 

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN) 

Requirement for completion:

Successful completion of all modules (course content, test, and evaluation).

Course Offering # 1

Continuing Education Provider Approval # 7-0090

Expiration: December 21, 2021

Nursing CE Central is an approved provider of continuing education per the KBN.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days
  • Liver Transplantation In this section we will discuss the process of liver transplantation from begining to end 0/1


Chelsea McCracken, MSN, AGACNP-BC

Chelsea McCracken is an acute care nurse practitioner practicing with the solid organ transplant team at a Washington, DC hospital.She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She has extensive experience as an intensive care unit nurse and is CCRN certified. She is also a member of the American Society of Transplantation.


In this course you will learn about liver transplantation in end-stage hepatic disease.