National Key Members
The Role of an ETCO National Key Member (NKM)
NKMs are ordinary ETCO members who provide a link between the ETCO members in their country and the ETCO board. They are transplant coordinator professionals who have taken the responsibility of providing a profile of their country and information about its professional practices in relation to organ and tissue donation.
The role of the NKM is an important one. They are advocates of their profession and the ETCO organisation as a whole. The NKM also has the responsibility of encouraging colleagues in the organ and tissue donation field to become members of ETCO and to foster and encourage education and networking with colleagues in other countries. Regardless of how successful our donor programs are, we can all learn from each other.
What does being an ETCO member mean?
ETCO provides all members with the opportunity to attend annual congresses and present scientific papers. Grants are also available to members, to attend training courses and ETCO congresses. ETCO encourages research and invites members to publish in the 'Organs, Tissues and Cells' Journal, which is distributed 3 times a year to all members. ETCO also organizes training workshops and a certification programme, CETC, for transplant coordinators.
ETCO has grown over recent years to include countries from all over the world, including Australia, USA, Canada, Russia, Japan and South America. With such a multi-national membership, ETCO is the perfect forum for learning, information sharing and linking with colleagues in different countries to help the profession of transplant coordination grow into a strong and recognised role in health care. With strong support from the members of ETCO, transplant coordinators will be recognised as being in the forefront of efforts to improve organ and tissue donation world-wide.