A Liver Transplant That Changed A Heart

August 22, 2017

Britton Livingston was just 17 when her mom was a patient at IU Health University Hospital’s transplant unit. That was nine years ago.

The high school junior decided then that she wanted to pursue a career in nursing. As a student at IUPUI, she thought she might want to work in pediatrics or ER. But as luck would have it, her final clinical landed her in the transplant unit. Six years ago, she came to University Hospital and has been in the transplant unit for the past four.

“I have a soft spot in my heart for transplant,” said Livingston, the oldest of two. “After seeing patients come in so sick, I love being able to see them get the best chance at a normal life and seeing them go out with family, doing things and not being exhausted.” She also loves her co-workers. “The team here is amazing. We have a big family up here.”

Away from work Livingston enjoys hanging out with her dogs, listening to a variety of music and reading. Her favorite book is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky.

Her advice to new nurses: “Always ask questions. Never be afraid to ask for help. Seek new opportunities and don’t forget why you got into nursing to begin with.”

-- By T.J. Banes

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