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Aug. 7, 2014

Tomorrow, 8 August is the Deadline for 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.

Give a transplant friend the recognition they deserve!

19 August is Annual Symposium Early Bird Deadline
Register for the Annual ITNS Symposium before 19 August to save $50! The Annual ITNS Symposium can help you rise to the challenges you face as a transplant nurse. The symposium will provide education on best practices and presentations from renowned speakers. The educational content is designed for you to acquire, maintain, and expand the skills needed in the field of transplant nursing. Register today so you don't miss the early bird savings! More

ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 -14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Midnight) Central Time (CT) Chicago, Illinois, USA. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at

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Study: Burnout common among transplant surgeons
Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and 4 out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found.More

Study: Liver transplants from living donors lead to better survival
By Karen Zabel
For years, research data gathered from nationwide studies provided evidence that liver transplant recipients had an improved chance of survival when they received a liver from a deceased donor compared to a live-donor liver. But a new study from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that's just not so. In fact, the researchers report that living-donor transplants can actually offer superior outcomes compared to livers from deceased donors.More

Daylight is the best medicine, for nurses
Medical Xpress
For the health and happiness of nurses — and for the best care of hospital patients — new Cornell research suggests exposure to natural light may be the best medicine. In a forthcoming Cornell study published in the journal Health Environments Research and Design, Rana Zadeh, assistant professor of design and environmental analysis, discovered nurses who had access to natural light enjoyed significantly lower blood pressure, communicated more often with their colleagues, laughed more and served their patients in better moods than nurses who settled for large doses of artificial light.More

Depletion of T regulatory cells promotes natural killer cell-mediated cardiac allograft vasculopathy
A role for natural killer cells in cardiac allograft vasculopathy was suggested by our earlier observation that CAV arises even in the absence of detectable antidonor T-cell or B-cell reactivity in parental to F1 mouse heart grafts. However, prevention of CAV in this setting required the depletion of both NK and CD4+ T cells.More

Is this the next big leap for organ transplants?
The Boston Globe
For decades an ordinary picnic cooler has been the the best way to transport donated organs. One entrepreneur thinks we can do much better — and save more lives. More

Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors
San Francisco Chronicle
More than 120,000 people in the U.S., 20 percent of them in California, are currently waiting for organ donations, according to the California Transplant Donor Network. The average wait time for a kidney is three to five years, and an estimated 18 people die every day waiting. That long waiting list has some people arguing that living donors should be compensated, with money or some other benefit, to tempt more of them to come forward. More

Pfizer to pay $35 million in organ transplant drug settlement
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced Wednesday that his office has joined 41 other State Attorneys General in reaching a $35 million nationwide settlement with Pfizer Inc, as parent of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., over allegations the company unlawfully promoted Rapamune, an immunosuppressive drug currently approved by the FDA for use in preventing organ rejection after kidney transplant surgery. More

Big data in organ transplantation: Registries and administrative claims
American Journal of Transplantation
The field of organ transplantation benefits from large, comprehensive, transplant-specific national data sets available to researchers. In addition to the widely used Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network-based registries (the United Network for Organ Sharing and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data sets) and United States Renal Data System data sets, there are other publicly available national data sets, not specific to transplantation, which have historically been underutilized in the field of transplantation.More

Gut microbiome represents novel biomarker in colorectal cancer
Analysis of the gut microbiome significantly improved clinical ability to differentiate between patients with precancerous adenomatous polyps and those with invasive colorectal cancer compared with fecal occult blood testing. More

The Nurse Licensure Compact: Is expansion inevitable?
By Keith Carlson
Many nurses are unaware of the fact that the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, has been in existence for years. The NLC allows registered and practical/vocational nurses living and working in 24 member states to move among those jurisdictions without having to apply for a new license. With continued shortages of nurses in certain regions, it would behoove our healthcare system to be more flexible, allowing nurses to have the freedom to go where their help is needed most. Thus, this begs the question: Should the NLC be aggressively expanded?More