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Thank you for attending One World of Caring!
Thank you to those of you who were able to join us in Houston, Texas, USA, for the Annual Symposium where the theme was "One World of Caring." The theme and spirit of transplant nursing was apparent in Houston through your unity in moving the ITNS mission and vision forward. I was so proud to share the many accomplishments of ITNS over the past year with you all at the membership meeting. I hope you all will join us in the Chicago, Illinois, USA area, from 13-14 June 2015 for Transplant Nursing: A Journey to the Top.
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Congratulations ITNS Award Winners!

Transplant Nursing Excellence
Rita Pool, RN

Friend of Transplant Nursing
Mary Amanda Dew, PhD

Transplant Nurses Day
Cassandre Oscar, MSN FNP-BC RN

ITNS Research Grant
Sonja Beckmann, MSN

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Save the Date for 2015
If you weren't able to attend the symposium this year, we hope you'll save the date for 2015! Join us at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 13-14 June 2015 for "Transplant Nursing: A Journey to the Top." The Summer Symposium will be held over the weekend and there will be plenty of education jam packed into the 2-day conference. Plan to join us in June!

The 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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Research: HPVs may contribute to post-transplant skin cancer
By Chelsea Adams
Some betapapillomaviruses may contribute to an increased occurrence of squamous cell skin cancer in patients who have undergone organ transplantation. That's according to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Transplant patients routinely receive immunosuppressive therapy to prevent graft rejection. Immunosuppression increases patients' risk of contracting cancers with a viral etiology since the therapy reduces the body's immune response to viruses like human herpesvirus 8, which causes Kaposi's sarcoma; and the Epstein-Barr virus that causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Organ trafficking is on the rise, as transplant surgeries increase around the globe
Medial Daily
Organ trafficking undoubtedly ranks among the most gruesome and morally reprehensible of crimes. Now, a new study suggests this murky business is enabled and facilitated by legitimate institutions.
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Organ transplant patients had high clinical outcomes, satisfaction following TJA
Although patients who undergo elective total joint arthroplasty after organ transplantation experienced a relatively higher risk of perioperative medical complications, reoperation and periprosthetic infection, clinical outcome measures and patient-reported satisfaction were very high, according to study results.
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Predictor of tissue injury in kidney transplant recipients possibly found
Researchers at UC San Francisco and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, may have found a predictor for a disorder affecting kidney transplant recipients that can accelerate organ failure, a discovery that eventually could allow for customized therapies and improved patient selection for transplant.
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Organ transplant's problem in America: 30 years since The National Organ Transplant Act was passed
Medical Daily
Every day 20 to 30 people die while waiting for an organ donation in America. Meanwhile, there is a long list of people on a waiting list to donate their organs in Iran. The founder and president of Stop Organ Trafficking Now and the Center for Ethical Solutions Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere, traveled to Iran for two months to reveal the innards of the only legal and regulated organ transplant market in the world, ultimately becoming the first country to effectively solve its kidney shortage.
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Lost in translation: The nurse as a conduit
By Keith Carlson
As nurses, we are trained to bridge the gap between physicians and patients. In fact, we often serve as conduits of information, translating medical jargon into lay terms while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the original message. Nurses are in the perfect position to leverage their communication skills in the service of patient outcomes, and that ability to communicate clearly is one of our many individual and collective gifts.
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