This unit cares for some of MedStar Georgetown's most complex patients. The nurses of 6 Bles plan and implement care for those patients who are awaiting or have undergone renal/pancreatic/liver or small bowel transplants. Additional patients include those who are pre- and post-major abdominal surgery under the care of the transplant service. Nurses often say that each patient is really three patients in one: 1) a patient with serious underlying and chronic medical problems; 2) a patient recovering from a major surgical intervention; and 3) a patient extremely vulnerable to organ rejection who is immuno-suppressed. Nurses come to 6 Bles because of the fast pace and detailed nature of the work. It is an outstanding practice site to develop and hone surgical nursing expertise in a nurse-supportive environment.
Sue Howell, MS, RN
Director, Transplant and Surgical Specialties
Susan is the Director of the Surgical Specialty Unit and the Transplant Unit. She has been a nurse for over 28 years, all of which have been here at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received her MS from Georgetown as well. Susan is a member of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses and is clinically certified in orthopaedic nursing. When not at work, she enjoys cycling and spending time with her dogs.