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Save the Date for Transplant Nurses Day!
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Save the Date Wednesday, April 16 to celebrate Transplant Nurses Day! The 2014 theme is My Transplant Nurse: A Perfect Match. ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day in April 2006 to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. Stay tuned for the winner of the Transplant Nurses Day essay contest, which will be announced on April 16. Check out our ideas for celebrating Transplant Nurses Day!
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Deadline is tomorrow, April 11 — Call for Nominations
ITNS
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 2014. 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 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (USA).

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2014 ITNS Gateway Chapter's Annual Conference
April 5, 2014
St. Louis, Mo.

Planning committee: (Left to right) Michelle Nadler, Tracey Francescon, Laura Ebel, Nancy Culiberk, Andrea Markwardt, Masina Scavuzzo, Stephanie Torrence, Jean Bowe, Pamela Thurston.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


The key to improving nurses' employee engagement
By Keith Carlson
Employee engagement is a buzzword that gets a fair amount of attention these days, and savvy nurse managers and executives would be wise to give this notion its due. According to a study by Gallup, hospital nurses rank significantly below other professionals in terms of employee engagement, thus these findings confirm the fact that engaging nurse employees should be an important aspect of the healthcare management landscape.
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Heavy drinkers could receive liver transplants on NHS
The Independent
Heavy drinkers diagnosed with liver disease could now be considered for a transplant, the organ transplant service has said. The NHS Blood and Transplant Service will launch a pilot scheme offering a life-saving organ donation to 20 patients who have been diagnosed with severe liver disease and an alcohol problem for the first time, the Guardian reported.
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Stroke patient hears doctors discuss organ donation
ABC News via WTVD-TV
A Swedish man who was paralyzed by a massive stroke has filed a complaint against the hospital that cared for him because he claimed he could hear doctors discussing whether to donate his organs just before they gave him a sedative that put him under.
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Nurses' calm and compassion ease patient suffering
Healthline News
Psychological support from nurses can help patients heal. There's an art to telling someone it's going to be OK, and for those who master it, this empathy and kindness can have a significant impact on a patient's recovery. Nurse-guided mindfulness could help decrease the pain of an uncomfortable procedure, according to research presented April 5 at the EuroHeartCare 2014 conference in Stavanger, Norway. Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark found that patients who were told by nurses to imagine that they were in a safe place during cardiac ablation experienced less pain than those who had no mindfulness intervention.
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UK's longest survivor of childhood liver transplant is a medical marvel
Lancashire Evening Post
Fit and healthy Matthew Whittaker is celebrating 30 years since he underwent a pioneering and extremely risky liver transplant. Teacher Matthew, now 41, of Higher Wheelton, near Chorley, faced certain death after he was born with a rare liver disease. He had an experimental transplant procedure at the age of 11, not knowing what the outcome would be. Now he is Britain's longest-surviving child recipient of a liver transplant.
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US: Infant back home after 5-organ transplant
First Coast News
One Tampa, Fla., family is celebrating its first month home after groundbreaking surgery saved their three-year-old boy's life. Adonis Ortiz, who received five new organs last year in a never-before-attempted transplant, can sleep in his own room again.
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Iran witnessing increase in organ donation, transplant
Press TV
Organ transplantation has a long history in Iran. It is believed that Avicenna, the great Iranian physician and philosopher, was the first to suture nerves together. In the modern era, the first transplants in Iran were performed in the 1930s. In recent decades, Iran has managed to show a progressing trend in the number and quality of different types of organ transplant.
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New York is 49th out of 50 states in organ donation
Times Herald-Record
Here's a surprising fact: New York ranks 49th out of the 50 states in percentage of registered organ donors. That's a situation the New York Organ Donor Network wants to change. "It's a shocking statistic, and we're not very happy about it," says Julia Rivera, the network's director of communications.
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4 ways to improve the nursing environment, patient safety
FierceHealthcare
The nursing world has changed for the better throughout the past decade, but there is room for improvement as patients remain at risk for serious harm and disruptive behavior in the workplace continues, according to a new brief from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Healthcare organizations must make even more systemic, interprofessional and cultural changes to ensure nurses work in an environment that encourages patient safety, efficiency and accountability, the brief states.
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