168: Robert Horsey – Gifted – Organ Donation as a Novel

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What if in dying we could help someone else live? My guest today helps people every day do just that. He has spent his nursing career in the field of Organ and Tissue Donation as a coordinator and more.

What does that mean? It means he is the guy who approaches the family members when someone is declared brain dead and can possibly be an organ donor. At the worst moment in someone’s life he is there to help life happen for others.

During this interview, live on 9/11/18, he shares how he can hold it together when approaching the families. Why the field of organ donation is his passion and calling and why he wrote his beautiful first novel about it.

Organ donation is not a comfortable topic to discuss for most people yet for some reason Robert made it easy and even shared how you can easily become an organ donor to make it easier for your family to know your wishes.

Robert Horsey is a critical care registered nurse who has dedicated most of his nineteen-year career to the field of Organ Donation and Transplantation. He has held the positions of Interventional Organ Procurement Coordinator with Mid-America Transplant Services, located in St. Louis, Missouri; Clinical Transplant Coordinator with St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program and Clinical Transplant Coordinator with Indiana University Health – University Hospital’s Liver Transplant Program, both located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, Robert is on staff at the Indiana Donor Network as an Organ Recovery Coordinator.

Robert has held national certification as a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC), as awarded by The American Board for Transplant Certification. Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (cum laude honors) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Barnes Hospital College of Nursing.
Robert grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and is the last (along with his twin brother, Charlie) in the lineup of nine children.

He currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife, Courtney and her two boys, Michael and Ozzy. And, yes, he and most of his siblings are die-hard and loyal St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Fans!!

Check out this episode!