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Monday, April 13 Deadline for Candidate Applications
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Are you devoted to the vision of ITNS? Do you have a desire to contribute to your association's development? Build your professional reputation and share your expertise by applying to join the ITNS Board of Directors in 2015. Leaders are responsible for guiding the association, anticipating change in the transplant environment and addressing the interests and needs of members.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of transplant nursing, review the information about becoming a candidate. The deadline to receive completed candidate applications is Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA).
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Don't Miss the Hospital Tours at the ITNS Summer Symposium!
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On Friday, June 12 from 13:00-17:00, tour Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery. Tour these two state-of-the-art facilities as you learn about their respective transplant processes. Register for the Summer Symposium today to reserve your space on the hospital tours and save $75 with the early bird rate! Join us in Chicago to earn up to 17 contact hours as you network with fellow transplant professionals!
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Featured Transplant Articles
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Read recently published articles from American Journal of Transplantation. Click here to read the abstracts and for links to the full articles.
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Save the Date to Celebrate Transplant Nurses Day!
April 15, 2015

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As appreciation of this important day grows, ITNS is committed to creating more opportunities for nurses to celebrate their contributions. In April 2006, ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year 15 April, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world. Don't forget to share photos of your celebration on the ITNS Facebook page!
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Participate in the ITNS Chapter Challenge
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We hope you are planning to attend the ITNS Summer Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, 13-14 June 2015. ITNS will award a $500 prize to the chapter that brings the highest percentage of its members to the Symposium. When registering online, add "ITNS Chapter Challenge" to your registration. Then, select the chapter you belong to from the drop down menu. Register before 4 May to save $75.

An attendee of the 2014 Symposium said, "The ITNS Symposium always brings pertinent transplant related topics for discussion and learning. I always learn something new that I can utilize in my practice every day. I truly value the time I get to spend networking with transplant professionals from all over the world. It makes me realize what a special community we really are!"

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Collaboration between nurses and physicians decreases rates of HAIs in critical care
The Medical News
Collaborative relationships between nurses and physicians decrease rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in critical care, according to an article in the April issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN). The article, "Nurse-Physician Collaboration and Hospital-Acquired Infections in Critical Care," examines the association between nurses' perception of their working relationships with physicians and the rates of two of the most common HAIs.
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Scientists identify molecular switch to 'turn off' common virus
HCPLive
While the human cytomegalovirus may be a common virus that is usually fought off by a healthy immune system, it can cause life-threatening infections. Even in industrialized nations, about 60 percent of the population is infected by HCMV and the percentage almost reaches entirety in less developed countries.Researchers from the School of Life Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland discovered the protein that either reactivates the infection or leaves it dormant.
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Study argues for incentivizing organ donation
Diabetes Insider
Most people probably assume that there is no cost, that volunteering to donate blood, tissue, or organs is a noble thing to do. And it is, but what most people do not realize is that while the medical procedure is paid by the recipient of the donation, the donor still usually takes a loss in the form of transportation costs, childcare services, and lost wages. Often, this can amount to $5,000, on average. As such, advocacy groups argue that donors should receive, at least, partial health coverage to help them recuperate and, perhaps, even other compensation that can make the donor registry list more appealing.
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India's 3rd domino kidney transplant to take place in Mumbai
Daily News & Analysis
Four people in the first week of May will get donated kidneys from unrelated people, whose relatives will receive kidneys, in turn, from others. This will be the third such domino kidney transplant in the country. The state transplant authorization committee is expected to give the procedure its green signal.
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Inside the illegal hospitals performing thousands of black market organ transplants every year for $200,000 a time
Daily Mail
Vulnerable, desperate and undergoing risky surgery in filthy hospitals, these are just some of the patients being exploited by the black market organ trade. Donors regularly put their lives on the line for just $5,000 from unscrupulous gangs who then sell on the body parts for up to $200,000 a time. In India, where these pictures were taken, around 2,000 people are thought to illegally sell their kidneys each year.
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Chaos theory helps nurses cope in the emergency room
FierceHealthcare
Expect the unexpected. That's the mission of one nursing school program that teaches students about the chaos theory in order to help them cope with the stress they'll encounter on the job. Elena Capella, assistant professor and director of the online Master in Nursing program at San Francisco's School of Nursing and Health Professions, told The Huffington Post that the chaos theory can help nurses handle the intensity of the emergency room and keep calm in tough situations.
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Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute sets new national standard for most adult heart transplants
The Medical News
The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute completed 120 adult heart transplants and two adult heart-lung transplants in 2014, setting a new national standard for the most adult heart transplants performed in a single year.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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