Donor Nurses

A blood donor nurse focuses on the care of blood donors and on the safety of the blood products being donated, be that whole blood, or platelets. Donor carers will already have assessed the suitability of a donor before they donate blood, but if there are any specific queries or complicated medical issues then the donor nurse will address these. Once the donor is in the process of donating blood or its components, the donor nurses are there to monitor their progress and ensure that the patient remains comfortable and healthy throughout, and that the blood is being collected in a safe and efficient manner.

Blood donations must be carefully processed with clear labelling to ensure that each bag can be traced from donation, transportation, storage, and right through to administering to a patient.A donor nurse may play a role in educating other healthcare professionals in the process of blood donation, and in providing training, support and supervision to other staff within the donation centre.