They see patients and their family members much more often than physicians. Always there to provide physical and emotional support. And when life ends for their patients, nurses play another role to bring renewed life to others who have a great need as well: the Gift of Sight. For some 40 years, Alabama nurses have been advocates for eye donation through their knowledge, interest and support to donor families.
Education is a key component to the synergistic relationship among the Eye Bank, hospital, hospice, home health nurses and donor families. Because of this, AEB is highly sensitive to the inflow of information to us and the outflow to these groups. Working together to provide the Gift of Sight takes a lot of preparation to ensure nurses can get back to the main focus of taking care of their patients. So, when a referral has to be made to the eye bank after a death, it is extremely helpful if the nurse can be ready to provide the following information: