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TODAY — 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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Driving the bus of your nursing career
By Keith Carlson
In our nursing careers, we can often feel buffeted by winds over which we feel little control. We can feel like we "should" do this or that, make choices that others feels are best for us, or take paths that feel prescribed for us, not chosen by us. This career paradigm can indeed feel uncomfortable. Your career is like a long bus ride that begins when you graduate from nursing school. In school, you were likely told that you "should" get a med-surg job immediately, as well as other things that your professors said were paramount to launching your career.
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Advanced melanoma risk greater in organ transplant recipients compared with general population
Organ transplant recipients had a greater risk of advanced melanomas at diagnosis and melanoma-specific death compared with the general population, according to recently published study results.
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Kidneys for sale: Iran's trade in organs
The Guardian
Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell a kidney. Donors get money from the buyer and from the state, a system which eradicated waiting lists but, detractors say, exploits the poor and vulnerable. Here, we follow one terrible story.
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Organ donation sees win-win by making use of HIV-positive transplants
Medical Daily
In 2013, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act) lifted a long-standing ban and finally allowed HIV-positive organs to be donated to HIV-positive patients. Since then, however, there has been no known case of an organ transplant from positive donors to HIV-positive patients occuring in the U.S. Researchers recently investigated just how much of an impact the act would have if hospitals began to follow it.
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Nurses: Crimefighters without capes
The Huffington Post
The police brought him in, but they didn't solve the mystery of who the unconscious man was, a nurse did. He was brought into the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the primary county hospital and the only level-1 trauma center in Miami-Dade, with a blunt force injury to the head, found unconscious on the sidewalk, no witnesses, in the middle of the day. What happened? Who was this man? At this point, he was just another victim of the city, seemingly unnamed and unknown. Hours after being admitted, his brain bleed worsened and he was taken to surgery, still unnamed, still unknown.
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The 'breathing' lung transplant: New machine that keeps organ working outside the body for up to 24 hours could double number of successful operations
Daily Mail
A British hospital is using cutting-edge medical technology to keep lungs "breathing" outside the body for as long as 24 hours. The extraordinary breakthrough could save the lives of hundreds of patients. Medical experts say the technique could double the number of lung transplants that take place each year.
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Transplant-related costs incurred by living kidney donors
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Living kidney donors incur moderate costs related to the completion of donation evaluation, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. James R. Rodrigue, Ph.D., from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues collected data on expenses related to completion of the donation evaluation for 194 LKDs participating in a multicenter prospective study.
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    CDC: Nurses, assistants most injury prone in healthcare (McKnight's)
Nurses say peer bullying is rampant — and patients pay the price (FierceHealthcare)
US race gap in kidney transplant outcomes narrows dramatically (Renal & Urology News)
Assembly passes bill to end organ transplant black list for pot users (The Sacramento Bee)
5 donors, 23 lives: Chennai witnesses record 36-hour-long organ transplantation surgery (International Business Times)

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