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Congratulations Cassandre Oscar, Transplant Nurses Day Award Winner

2014 Transplant Nurses Day Award Winner Cassandre Oscar, MSN FNP-BC RN
Yesterday, April 16, was Transplant Nurses Day and we were delighted to announce Cassandre Oscar, MSN FNP-BC RN of Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida USA as the winner of the 2014 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest. The winning essay was submitted by Milena Alicandu of Miami Springs, FL, USA.

Cassandre has received a recognition plaque from ITNS. Congratulations to Cassandre and all of the nominated transplant nurses: Chad Hare, Danielle Casazza, Denise Morin, Penny Keaney and Patricia Raff.

All ITNS members are invited to send photos and descriptions of how they celebrated Transplant Nurses Day around the world to or post on the ITNS Facebook page.
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Apply for the ITNS Research Grant
ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of a $2,500 research grant for 2014. The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge.

This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline is July 1, 2014. Learn more about the guidelines and view the application.

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Robotic surgery trends create new career options for nurses
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A rather large wave of opportunity is about to arrive for perioperative oncology nurses working in or wanting to learn robotic surgery. The market for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery for prostatectomy, hysterectomy, and other cancer procedures is booming as more hospitals and clinics purchase surgical robots and begin training their surgical teams to operate them. Add to this growth, the impending arrival of new surgical robot manufacturers to compete with the predominate da Vinci Surgical System, and thousands of new positions for perioperative nurses certified in robotics could soon be created.
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Israel, a leader in transplant tourism, finds a formula for increasing domestic donations
A decade ago, Israelis were among the world's leading "transplant tourists" — a phenomenon driven in large part by Israeli insurers' willingness to reimburse the costs of transplant operations abroad, which gave Israelis of all means access to the international organ trade. The laissez-faire stance of the Israeli government was in large part due to persistent shortages of domestic organ donors. Yet, as horror stories about overseas organ transactions seeped into public awareness, doctors — including Jacob Lavee, director of the heart transplant unit at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer — and others began lobbying for changes to Israel's laws governing transplants.
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NASH with liver transplantation related to early CVD mortality
Patients who underwent perioperative liver transplantation and had nonalcoholic steatohepatitis were at increased risk for early cardiovascular disease-related mortality, according to research presented at the International Liver Congress. "We have demonstrated that [nonalcoholic steatohepatitis] NASH patients have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related mortality within 30 days following liver transplant compared to other indications for transplant, even after controlling for pre-existing cardiac risk factors," Dr. Lisa B. VanWagner, MS, clinical fellow in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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How nurses can help with the challenges of the ACA
By Keith Carlson
The Affordable Care Act has now swung more fully into action as the first major deadline has come and gone. We all know that information is a form of power, and since nurses are indeed the most trusted professionals in the United States, we can be certain that many patients will turn to us for advice on navigating the ACA. As the ACA continues to become implemented more robustly, what responsibility do nurses carry vis-à-vis the education of our patients regarding the promises and challenges of this historic legislation?
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Survival of recipients of livers from donation after circulatory death who are relisted and undergo retransplant for graft failure
American Journal of Transplantation
Use of grafts from donation after circulatory death as a strategy to increase the pool of transplantable livers has been limited due to poorer recipient outcomes compared with donation after brain death. We examined outcomes of recipients of failed DCD grafts who were selected for relisting with regard to waitlist mortality and patient and graft survival after retransplant.
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US: With growing transplant waitlists, doctors seek more organ donors
It's been 50 years since the first organ transplant in Chicago, but what does the next 50 years hold? As Northwestern Memorial Hospital celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first organ transplant, doctors were urging people to sign up as donors as part of National Donate Life Month in April. WBBM Newsradio's Lisa Fielding reports more than 120,000 people are on a waitlist for an organ transplant in the U.S.
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'Miracle girl' healthy after 7-organ transplant in Paris
France 24
Suffering from a rare illness, a five-year-old German girl underwent a seven-organ transplant at a Parisian hospital in 2010. One of the surgeons, Professor Christophe Chardot, spoke to FRANCE 24 about the exceptional medical feat.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    US: Infant back home after 5-organ transplant (First Coast News)
Heavy drinkers could receive liver transplants on NHS (The Independent)
Stroke patient hears doctors discuss organ donation (ABC News via WTVD-TV)
4 ways to improve the nursing environment, patient safety (FierceHealthcare)
The key to improving nurses' employee engagement (By Keith Carlson)

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