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Jan. 22, 2015

Nominate a colleague for an ITNS Award
All nominations must be received by 13 February 2015.

Transplant Nursing Excellence Award:
The purpose of this award is to recognize an exemplary nurse (RN or equivalent) for their care of transplant patients and their embodiment of the ITNS mission and values. Both the nominator and the nominee must be current ITNS members. Click here for the full award requirements and the nomination form.

Friend of Transplant Nursing Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual outside the nursing profession who has supported the efforts of ITNS and made an impact in the field of transplant nursing. The nominator must be a current ITNS member.
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ITNS Representation at ASAE

(From left to right) Patti Pfeiffenberger, Pam Cipriano, Cindy Richards, Nancy Stitt)
ITNS President Patti Pfeiffenberger, President-Elect Nancy Stitt, and Executive Director Joan Kram attended the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) CEO Symposium in mid-January. While at the meeting, your ITNS leadership had the chance to network with ANA President Pam Cipriano and ANNA President (and ITNS member) Cindy Richards.More

Support ITNS when you shop on Amazon!
Remember ITNS when you do your shopping! Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the International Transplant Nurses Society whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Select ITNS as your preferred charitable organization and shop on Amazon as you normally would! Thank you for your support!More

First organ transplants from a newborn baby performed in UK
Medical News Today
The U.K. has performed its first successful organ transplants from a newborn baby. The donor was a 6-day-old baby girl who was born with severe brain damage. The doctors say thanks to the "extreme generosity" of the parents; a patient with kidney failure has received their baby's kidneys and another sick patient has received her liver cells.More

Limited literacy increases rejection risk among liver transplant patients
By Chelsea Adams
Limited literacy may cause liver transplant patients to have trouble adhering to a treatment plan and drug therapy, thereby increasing the chances of adverse clinical outcomes such as organ rejection or graft loss. A new study of liver transplant patients at two transplant centers in Atlanta and Chicago found that, on average, the patients understood only 86 percent of their medication regimens.More

Israel: Fewer organ transplants in 2014 because of lower number of lower-brain-dead donors
The Jerusalem Post
Fifteen organs were transplanted in 12 operations during the first eight days of this year, following the transplant of 361 organs from deceased and live donors in 333 transplant operations in 2014, Israel Transplant announced. Fifty-two percent of bereaved families that were asked last year to donate organs of relatives agreed to do so . The number of organ recipients declined by 18 percent compared to the figure in 2013.More

Haryana: Organ donation hits brain death hurdle
The Times of India
Haryana is fast emerging as a significant transplant state with many leading hospitals undertaking transplants. One of the biggest roadblocks to organ donation is the identification and declaration of "brain death." Hospitals generally shy away from declaring brain death fearing public backlash as it is a concept not very well understood in India. The stakeholders in the meeting, therefore, laid out a roadmap to give an impetus to deceased organ donations in the state.More

'Wales leading UK on organ transplant consent'
BBC News
A new advertising campaign has been launched aimed at raising awareness of the changes to the law over organ donation later this year. Wales will become the first U.K. nation to introduce soft opt-out legislation on organ donation on 1 December. More

The breadth and depth of nursing
By Keith Carlson
The nursing profession has grown astronomically since the days of Florence Nightingale. While we may have once served as handmaidens to the whims and needs of god-like physicians, the definition of what it means to practice as a nurse is light-years away from the era of our diminutive status and relative servitude. We nurses know that our scope of practice and autonomy have grown by leaps and bounds, and a plethora of specialties and practice settings has opened doors of opportunity hitherto unknown by our older nursing colleagues.More