ITNS Insider
Sep. 25, 2014

See You in Houston!
We're thrilled to welcome you to the Annual ITNS Symposium! Below are a few events you don't want to miss!

We'll see you soon! You can add events or make changes to your schedule on-site at the registration desk. More

Visit the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Symposium
In addition to the wonderful educational offerings at the Annual ITNS Symposium, the exhibit hall has a wealth of opportunities to network. Don't miss your chance to be part of this gathering of influential nurses, educators, and researchers who are committed to the latest developments in transplant nursing. Be sure to thank our exhibitors for their generous support which makes the symposium possible. Don't forget to visit the ITNS booth at #215.More

Comment on draft Cardiovascular Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition
The Cardiovascular Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup members seek public comments about the draft Cardiovascular Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition. The comment period closes on October 17, 2014. Please consider reviewing and providing recommendations for improvements as part of your professional responsibility and accountability. Do invite students, colleagues and other stakeholders to also respond. Access the draft document and response process. Thank you for your thoughtful review and comments. 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

Thymus grown in mouse holds great potential for lab-created organs
By Lynn Hetzler
Scientists have grown a fully functioning organ from cells created in a lab then transplanted into an animal for the first time. This breakthrough may pave the way for the development of lab-grown replacement organs. It may also hold special promise for people suffering from weakened immune systems and bone marrow transplant patients. The research team from MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh described how they created a thymus gland, vital for the production of T-cells, from a completely different type of cell — a fibroblast.More

Solid organ transplant donors with central nervous system infection
While donor-derived infections remain uncommon, multiple reports describe DDI with pathogens that cause central nervous system infection resulting in significant recipient disease. The Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee reviewed the records of potential donor-derived disease transmission events to describe donor characteristics and outcomes associated with DDI from CNS pathogens. More

Adverse cardiac events after orthotropic liver transplantation: A cross-sectional study in 389 consecutive patients
Liver Transplantation
Current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines caution that preoperative non-invasive cardiac tests may have poor predictive values in detecting coronary artery disease in liver transplant candidates. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of clinical predictor variables for early and late cardiac morbidity and mortality and the predictive values of non-invasive cardiac tests for perioperative cardiac events in a high-risk liver transplant population. More

Protecting nurses from contact with toxic cancer drugs
HealthLeaders Media
As the single largest group of oncology care providers, RNs face a disproportionate risk of exposure to hazardous drugs. It's up to nurse leaders to create and promote a culture of safety. Nurses are often described as being on the "front lines" of healthcare, a phrase that evokes potentially dangerous fields like the military or law enforcement.More

Nursing career path evolves, now includes care in community settings
As nursing roles change, so do the career paths nurses take with many moving away from the hospital setting to work for home health agencies, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities and other places in the community, reported. And the healthcare community encourages this evolution. Many medical offices and hospitals offer orientation, mentorship programs and residencies to nurses interested in a career change, according to the article. More

With the emergence of telemedicine, where do nurses fit in?
By Joan Spitrey
Remote medical monitoring is what most frequently think of in regard to telemedicine. If fact, the use of remote monitoring has been in place for more than 40 years, and has be highly effective in rural areas. But the overall concept of telemedicine is to bring a specialist's expertise to a facility "virtually," saving the patient being transported unnecessarily. So much has changed in the healthcare world with the advent of technology and the evolution of telemedicine. And telemedicine continues to evolve as technology becomes more advanced. So where do nurses fit into this changing landscape?More