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Apr. 16, 2015

Summer Symposium Early Bird Deadline is May 4
Register before May 4 to save $75! ITNS's Summer Symposium provides attendees with numerous unique opportunities to learn, network with fellow nurses and transplant professionals, and engage in current and future practices of transplantation. Earn up to 17 CE and CEPTC credits, hear from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Ison and invited speaker Kathy Schwab, tour two local hospitals, and more! Don’t miss the premier transplant nursing event! Register today!More

Congratulations to Transplant Nurses Day Winner Linda Wright, DrNP RN CNN CCTC
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest is Linda Wright, DrNP RN CNN CCTC, Lead Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Coordinator at Jefferson Transplant Institute in Philadelphia, PA. The winning essay was submitted by Gregory Maurer.

Thanks again to the patients for their contributions and participation in celebrating Transplant Nurses Day 2015! All ITNS members are invited to send photos and descriptions of how they celebrated Transplant Nurses Day around the world to or post on the ITNS Facebook page. More

Doctoral student / Research assistant to join the BRIGHT study team
The Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Basel ( seek to appoint a Doctoral student / Research assistant to join the BRIGHT study team. Application Deadline is May 30, 2015. More

Brain Death Declaration Webinar: A Nursing Perspective

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 3-4pm ET/12-1pm PT
Price: $35 per webinar connection
Purpose: The goal of this webinar is to provide nurses with information and practice strategies used in the determination of brain death and the important role that nurses play throughout the process.
Speaker: Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, CSRN — Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist — Massachusetts General Hospital
CE: This webinar is co-sponsored by Iowa Donor Network, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #326.This webinar is approved for 1.2 contact hour. No partial credits will be awarded. The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering 1 Category I CEPTC credit from the American Board for Transplant Certification.
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Fixing the gender gap in nursing pay
By Keith Carlson
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, full-time female workers earned 78 cents on the dollar as compared to their male counterparts in 2013. So-called "pay parity" has long been on the minds of many stakeholders, but the rate of change in this regard has been woefully slow. Recently, a study published by the American Medical Association elucidated that men working as nurses earn considerably more than female nurses, even though men make up only 9 percent of the nursing workforce.More

5 beliefs about organ donation that are totally untrue
Yahoo Health
The organ donation process can be riddled with hearsay — and much of this false information may unnecessarily deter people from becoming a donor. Don't be derailed by the myths and fears; here are some of the most common ones, and why they're unfounded.More

30-year-old Russian man volunteers for world's first human head transplant
Medical News Today
In February, Medical News Today reported that an Italian surgeon is to announce updated plans to conduct the world's first human head transplant within the next 2 years. Now, a 30-year-old Russian man is set to become the first person to undergo the procedure.More

3 must-have skills for nurse leaders
In an era of increased physician leadership due to factors such as changing reimbursement and delivery systems, both doctors and nurses have more influence on the broader workings of the healthcare industry than ever, but that will require a different range of skills, according to a Harvard Business Review column. Success at the leadership level requires three major skills, writes Sachin H. Jain, M.D., chief medical officer at CareMore Health System. More

Pittsburgh hospital plays role in 68-person kidney chain
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With donations from cadavers unable to meet demand for organs, transplant experts in Pittsburgh and around the country hailed a 68-person kidney chain as the kind of approach urgently needed to counter a growing transplant waiting list. In what was described as the nation's largest exchange to date, 34 people donated kidneys and 34 received them over a two-month period beginning in January. The exchange involved 26 transplant centers, including Allegheny General Hospital, which recovered organs from two donors and transplanted kidneys into two recipients.More

Japan: 4 of 7 liver transplant recipients died at brand-new Kobe hospital
A hospital that opened in November last year in Kobe, western Japan, saw a very high death rate among liver transplant recipients in its first four months of operation, officials at the hospital said. Of the seven patients who received the transplants from living donors at the Kobe International Frontier Medical Centre in the four months through March, four died within one month after their surgeries.More

National Donate Life Month 2015: Nearly 124,000 people awaiting organ transplant
Outbreak News Today
April is National Donate Life Month, a month-long celebration that commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the donors who save and heal lives. Donate Life America stresses the importance and impact of organ donation by noting that more than 24,000 patients began new lives in 2014 thanks to organ transplants (about 65 every day). However, the fact is there's an ongoing need for organ donations.More

Vitamin D deficiency ups post-transplant UTI risk
Renal & Urology News
Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for urinary tract infections after renal transplantation, a recent study found.More