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Jun. 26, 2014

Be an Early Bird and Save $50!
Register for the Annual ITNS Symposium before 19 August to save $50. The Symposium will help you advance your knowledge, refine your skills, improve the quality of care you deliver to your patients, and have access to exhibitors whose products and services represent the latest in transplant nursing. Register today for One World of Caring!More

ITNS Research Director Sandra Cupples, PhD RN, is 2014 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing has selected 168 nurse leaders for induction as fellows during the Academy's 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on Oct. 18, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Academy fellows, with the addition of this newest class, represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries.

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

Congratulations, Sandy on this wonderful accomplishment!More

Congratulations to ITNS Member Bernice L. Coleman, RN PhD ACNP-BC FAHA FAAN
ITNS Member and 2013 Annual ITNS Symposium speaker Bernice Coleman is a finalist for the GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards. Coleman is one of 30 finalists to be honored at a gala event at the Universal City (Calif.) Hilton in Los Angeles/Universal City.

Coleman is responsible for supporting the advancement of evidence-based practice and application of research with more than 2,800 nurses. She guides nurses in academic programs with their capstone research projects, and as chairwoman of the research council, she conducts workshops and mentors hundreds of nurses in the development of their abstracts and poster and podium presentations. More

8 August- Deadline for ITNS Award Nominations
Take a few minutes of your time to nominate a colleague for an ITNS award! The prestigious Transplant Nursing Excellence Award and the Friend of Transplant Nursing Award will be presented at the Annual Symposium, to be held 27-29 September 2014.

Learn more about the awards and submit a nomination today!

Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior. Sadly, new nurses enter the profession already understanding that nurses "eat their young," thus the expectation that we will likely be bullied or harassed on the job is instilled in us from the beginning. And that is a sad state of affairs, indeed.More

2nd brother with congenital metabolic disease undergoes heart transplant at Schneider
The Jerusalem Post
A 13-year-old boy born with a genetic disease that weakens the cardiac muscle underwent a successful heart transplant last week — four years after his brother with the same metabolic disorder received a new heart as well.More

Obesity raises risk of delayed renal allograft function
Renal & Urology News
Obese patients who undergo kidney transplantation are at higher risk of delayed graft function than non-obese patients, but they have a similar risk of graft loss and death, according to Brazilian researchers.More

US group changes lung transplant policy for kids
A U.S. group that sets policy for organ transplants recently voted to adopt a permanent rule to allow some children access to adult lungs. Lawsuits brought by parents to have their dying children added to the adult waiting list touched off a national debate last year over how a scarce, life-saving resource of organs should be allocated to those under 12 years old. Last year, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network granted a temporary exception to the rule, following a lawsuit brought by the parents of Sarah Murnaghan, 11, who demanded their child be added to the adult transplant list. The group's board of directors made that change permanent.More

Comorbidities, race affected mortality, transplant rate in patients with drug-induced liver injury
Race and comorbidities were among important factors that determined death or the need for liver transplantation 6 months after patients were diagnosed with drug-induced liver injury, according to data from a new study.More

Long-term success with pancreas transplant alone in diabetes
Medscape News
The University of Pisa's experience with pancreas transplant alone suggests that long-term success is possible for the treatment of selected patients with type 1 diabetes. Few long-term data have been available for pancreas transplant alone, Dr. Margherita Occhipinti, an endocrinologist at the University of Pisa, told the American Diabetes Association 2014 Scientific Sessions. More

A form of liver disease has quickly emerged as a public health threat
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Renee Terney, who traveled to Erie last week to ride the slides at Splash Lagoon, has come a long way in the 2½ years since she was struck by a form of liver disease that has quickly emerged as a public health threat and a challenge to transplant programs. Blood work and other tests revealed that the Sheraden resident had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, an accumulation of fat in liver cells associated with poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. The damage to Ms. Terney's liver was so extensive that she was near death at the time of her May 2013 transplant at Allegheny General Hospital. More

Tracking the transplant trip
The New Indian Express
Less than a week ago, when a heart was harvested from a 27-year-old nurse's son and driven across town and transplanted into a 21-year-old girl from Mumbai, everybody wanted a piece of it. The story caught so much of attention that every facet of all the people involved — from the ambulance driver to the cops who signed the donor's death certificate had their 15 seconds of fame. And yet, two days later when another brain-dead patient's organs were harvested from Sri Ramachandra University in Porur and rushed across town in exactly the same fashion, the flashbulbs weren't following. It was business as usual. Welcome to the world of heart transplants in Chennai. More

Discovery could spare patients from kidney transplant
The Times of Israel
Researchers in Israel and the U.S. have discovered that, contrary to popular medical opinion, the human kidney is able to regenerate itself. Until now, scientists had believed that the liver is the only human organ that can regenerate itself. A new study by researchers at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, and Stanford University shows, for the first time, how the kidney pulls off this trick. Using genetically modified mice, the researchers were able to trace cell growth in the kidney, which reconstituted itself in the proper array of tubes and ducts. More