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ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
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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 jwahl@itns.org.
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Congratulations to ITNS Authors
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Congratulations to Chris Shay-Downer, Beth Kallenborn, Kathy Schwab, and Shelly Zomak for authoring the Transplant Administration chapter of Textbook of Organ Transplantation Set. Congratulations to all of the contributors of this publication. Click here to learn more.
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Register Before 19 August to Save $50
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Register today to save $50 and join us in Houston, Texas, USA from Saturday, 27 September to Monday, 29 September. Attending the Annual ITNS Symposium will provide the opportunity to:
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8 August- Deadline for ITNS Award Nominations
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Take a few minutes of your time to nominate a colleague for an ITNS award! The prestigious Transplant Nursing Excellence Award and the Friend of Transplant Nursing Award will be presented at the Annual Symposium, to be held 27-29 September 2014.

Learn more about the awards and submit a nomination today!

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Increased use of split-liver transplants can trim waiting lists
By Alan Kelsky
In the United States, transplant lists typically have about 16,000 people waiting for new livers. Each year, 10 percent of that list — 1,600 patients — die before they are chosen. Recent research found that split-liver transplants have the same survival rate after five years as whole-liver surgery. When whole-liver transplants are done, patient size is a factor in who gets the life-saving organ. If the liver comes from a full-sized male adult, the organ is too large for a child or a smaller adult. By using the split-liver technique, one adult and one child benefit from the donor.
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Reconsidering the 12-hour shift for nurses
Healthcare Traveler
The 12-hour shift has become the standard in most hospitals and while nurses value the flexibility this scheduling offers, new data has revealed that longer work hours are damaging to both patients and healthcare workers. "Many hospitals have adopted 12-hour shifts as the norm and it is a similar choice among nurses who want to limit the number of days they work in a week, but research on the 12-hour shift and its relationship to patient safety needs further review," says Theresa V. Arnold, DPM, manager, clinical analysis for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.
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Survival rates differ for men, women on heart transplant waitlist
Healio
Researchers for a new study identified sex differences in survival among men and women on the waitlist for orthotopic heart transplantation. Current transplant criteria for the United Network for Organ Sharing do not account for these differences, researchers wrote.
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Miami transplant institute performs Florida's 1st 3-way kidney exchange
Health Canal
At a dramatic news conference on July 17, the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center announced the first successful three-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida. In the exchange, three families with a member needing a kidney transplant each found a match in one of the other families.
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New Zealand: More kidney transplants expected each year
New Zealand Doctor Online
New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government is investing an extra $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations over the next few years.
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More US RNs retire later, causing a larger workforce
Health Affairs Blog
The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million as predicted. One less-noticed factor in this “nursing boom” is the decision by a growing number of RNs to delay retirement. According to a new study being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, among registered nurses working at the age of fifty from 1991 to 2012, 24 percent continued working as of the age of 69. This compared to 9 percent of RNs still working at the age of sixty-nine in the period from 1969 to 1990.
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Transplant patients who receive livers from living donors more likely to survive
Science Codex
Research derived from early national experience of liver transplantation has shown that deceased donor liver transplants offered recipients better survival rates than living donor liver transplants, making them the preferred method of transplantation for most physicians. Now, the first data-driven study in over a decade disputes this notion. Penn Medicine researchers found that living donor transplant outcomes are superior to those found with deceased donors with appropriate donor selection and when surgeries are performed at an experienced center. The research is published this week in the journal Hepatology.
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Finding work-life balance: Chore or joyful pursuit?
By Keith Carlson
Work-life balance is a topic of frequent discussion on blogs, social media and in the academic literature. Whether it's decreasing work hours, increasing time away from the Internet, exercising or cultivating a hobby, there are many ways in which we can attempt to strike more balance between our personal and professional lives. As the speed of life increases, is it possible that the dogged pursuit of balance can actually become just another treadmill upon which we unwittingly run ourselves ragged?
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