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Proposed revision of the ITNS Transplant Nursing: Scope & Standards available for review and comment
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Prior to its final approval, the ITNS Board of Directors requests your review and comment on the current draft of the Transplant Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Please send your comments to info@itns.org by Friday, September 5.
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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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Ways to reduce the kidney shortage
The New York Times
The United States and many other nations are confronting a heart-rending problem: The number of kidneys available for transplants falls far short of the need. While some argue that the way to reduce the growing shortage is to pay living donors for kidneys, either in cash or government benefits, there are many ways to increase the supply without paying for human organs, which is prohibited by the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act and generally opposed by the World Health Organization.
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Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch
Gizmag
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing compatible organs for transplant without the need for donors. Using mouse embryo cells, scientists at the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine created an artificial thymus gland with the same structure and function as an adult organ.
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Canada: Group advocating to expand organ donations to drug users, gay men
The Globe and Mail
A leading Canadian transplant organization is calling for greater use of organs from deceased donors considered at increased risk for HIV and hepatitis B and C, including intravenous drug users and homosexual men. Safe and ethical use of these organs "may lead to an increase in number of transplants in Canada coupled with decreased wait-list times and mortality," said a report published from the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the Canadian National Transplant Research Program.
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Fight brewing over liver donation
KCPQ-TV
Dr. Sean Kumer is actually happy when a call from work wakes him from a deep sleep. A call means the transplant surgeon at the University of Kansas can save another life. He worries, though, about possible changes being discussed regarding the way donated organs are distributed; if they go into effect, he may not be able to save so many lives.
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Organ donation thrives in China amid cultural challenges
People's Daily Online
Four terminally ill patients in Beijing have reclaimed their lives after receiving a lung, a liver and two kidneys donated by a woman who died of a cerebral hemorrhage earlier this month. The operations brought the tally of liver and kidney transplants performed at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital since last year to seven and 14 respectively, said Zhang Xiaodong, a senior urologist at the prominent hospital.
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New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
Every nurse has probably heard this statement: "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions. As older nurses delay retirement due to a sagging economy and many hospitals simultaneously downsize, hospital-based nursing positions that would normally be opening up for new grads are few and far between. What's a new nurse to do?
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