ITNS Insider
Jul. 3, 2014

The Annual ITNS Symposium has a schedule that fits your needs
If you can't attend the full symposium, consider registering for just one day or the presymposium workshop. The Annual Symposium is the premier transplant nursing event and your chance to earn all of the CE, CEPTC, and Pharmacology credits you need for the year in one place!

Need assistance obtaining approval from the decision makers at your facility to attend the Annual Symposium? Use the customizable approval letter to submit your request. Encourage your colleagues to attend by using our customizable invitation. More

Congratulations to ITNS Member Bernice L. Coleman, RN PhD ACNP-BC FAHA FAAN
ITNS Member and 2013 Annual ITNS Symposium speaker Bernice Coleman has won the Giving Excellence Meaning Award in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category! Coleman was one of 30 finalists to be honored at a gala event at the Universal City (Calif.) Hilton in Los Angeles/Universal City.

Coleman supports the advancement of evidence-based practice and research application of more than 2,800 nurses. She has advanced transplantation nursing practice and research in transplantation genetics. She has spearheaded the development of clinical policies, procedures and guidelines.

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Nursing Success TV
Featuring nurse-to-nurse straight talk, Nursing Success TV is your resource for career advice and inspiring stories from your peers. This month's show includes...

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New blood test could replace biopsies in predicting heart transplant rejection
By Karen Zabel
For years, tissue biopsy has been regarded as the gold standard for predicting the potential for heart transplant rejection, but now researchers from Stanford say they've developed a blood test that is able to predict rejection weeks or even months earlier than that technique. The Stanford researchers also indicate the new test outperforms another rejection prediction blood test called Allomap "by a substantial margin." More

Super-cooled livers could bring new flexibility to organ transplants
Los Angeles Times via The Baltimore Sun
In liver transplantation, the biggest inequity is geographic. When organs become available, they are generally offered first to patients nearby. A big part of the reason is that once a liver is harvested from a cadaver, it remains viable for no more than 12 hours. As a result, waiting times vary dramatically across the country depending on supply and demand. Liver patients in Los Angeles, for example, typically wait years longer — and become far sicker prior to surgery — than those in northern Florida. Now a group of Harvard University researchers has come up with a preservation technique that could one day allow livers to be shared more easily around the world.More

A step closer to bio-printing transplantable tissues and organs
Health Canal
Researchers have made a giant leap towards the goal of 'bio-printing' transplantable tissues and organs for people affected by major diseases and trauma injuries, a new study reports. Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT have bio-printed artificial vascular networks mimicking the body's circulatory system that are necessary for growing large complex tissues.More

Researchers seek to tackle transplant tolerance using patients' own T cells
A new Northwestern Medicine® clinical trial aims to remove the need for organ transplant patients to take immunosuppressive drugs by increasing the number of their own regulatory T cells. More

A new model of liver regeneration
Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Boston Children's Hospital have new evidence in mice that it may be possible to repair a chronically diseased liver by forcing mature liver cells to revert back to a stem cell-like state. The researchers, led by Fernando Camargo, Ph.D., happened upon this discovery while investigating whether a biochemical cascade called hippo, which controls how big the liver grows, also affects cell fate. More

US: Paging nurse practitioners as demand soars under ObamaCare
There is unprecedented demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants as demand grows for more primary care medical providers and care coordinators to treat millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act. A new study by physician staffing firm MerrittHawkins indicates the number of search assignments the company did for physician assistants and nurse practitioners jumped by 320 percent over the last two years.More

Advances in liver disease
Medscape (free subscription)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects people of all ages, including those at the extremes of life. With the epidemic of childhood obesity, NAFLD has become the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the pediatric population. In a review of data from autopsies performed in New York City, Fernandes and colleagues detected NAFLD in 14 percent of 564 children. Hispanic children had the highest prevalence, at 21 percent. More

Antiviral therapy can prevent liver cancer in chronic hepatitis B patients
Health Canal
One of the most severe complications of hepatitis B is the development of liver cancer, which is responsible for approximately 745,000 deaths worldwide each year. Two new studies appearing in the June issue of Gastroenterology provide strong evidence that antiviral therapy can reduce the risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Gastroenterology is the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. More

Nurses learn to work through generational diversity
By Keith Carlson
At this time in history, there are four generations currently working within the nursing profession. Although this diversity can be seen as a positive aspect of our collective culture, it is easy to understand that there is also room for misunderstanding and mistrust between the generations. This perceived generation gap is well worth our attention and positive intervention.More