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Brain Death Declaration Webinar: A Nursing Perspective

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 3-4pm ET/12-1pm PT
Price: $35 per webinar connection
Purpose: The goal of this webinar is to provide nurses with information and practice strategies used in the determination of brain death and the important role that nurses play throughout the process.
Speaker: Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, CSRN — Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist — Massachusetts General Hospital
CE: This webinar is co-sponsored by Iowa Donor Network, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #326.This webinar is approved for 1.2 contact hour. No partial credits will be awarded. The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering 1 Category I CEPTC credit from the American Board for Transplant Certification.

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The secret to creating nursing teams that soar
By Keith Carlson
As a relatively new nurse manager, I'm considering the ways in which I can powerfully inspire my team of nurses to be as functional, dynamic and cohesive as possible. It's clear that 21st-century nurses love strong leadership, but they also like to feel trusted and empowered. It's up to a nurse manager to walk a line that provides both. I serve as the director of nursing and chief nursing officer of a small home health agency, and we're poised to grow at a rapid rate in the next 12 to 18 months. Thus, creating a culture that we can maintain and nurture even as we grow is important to us.
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3-way kidney swaps shorten waits for transplants
The Seattle Times
Kidney chains — including a link that featured 60 people and 30 organs — are becoming more common across the U.S. They typically begin with an altruistic donor, someone who doesn't have a specific recipient in mind. Paired kidney exchanges are different. They typically involve a donor who wants to offer an organ to a specific recipient, usually a friend or loved one, but is incompatible because of a mismatch in age, size, blood type or antigen sensitivity. Instead of giving to the original patient, the person donates to another patient who also has a mismatched donor.
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Male nurses are on the rise — filling a need and making a living
Healthline News
Is the trend of men going into nursing — and getting paid at a higher rate — an unlikely result of the women’s rights movement? When an alcoholic gets unruly during detox, the nurses at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, Illinois, know who on their team to call. Or if an elderly man with dementia gets combative and starts screaming at his wife, this team member can help, too.
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Organ transplant changes reduce wait times for kidney patients
The number of people waiting for an organ transplant continues to grow, with currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting for an organ transplant, and more people are added to the list each year. The new Kidney Allocation System is a federal organ transplant policy put into place in December, and it's designed to improve kidney transplant wait times. Longevity matching is where doctors try to match the longevity of the kidney with the longevity of the patient.
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Mortality rate drops more than 40 percent among patients hospitalized with cirrhosis
The mortality rate of patients hospitalized for cirrhosis has decreased more than 40 percent between 2002 and 2010, despite an increase in hospital admissions, according to newly published data.
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Tiny heart wanted: One family's experience with infant organ donation
The Guardian
She tried to imagine how the heart would arrive. He'd left her at midnight, her tiny, blue-gray boy. They'd taken him to the operating room to prep. The heart, they told her, should be there by 5am. Throughout the night, she could hear the helicopters taking off and landing from the hospital's helipad. She could hear ambulance sirens, too, pulling up to the emergency room on the first floor. How would it arrive? Which sound belonged to them?
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Experts: Make organ donation cheaper for donors
By Lynn Hetzler
Everyone involved with organ donation profits, except for the donor. In fact, living organ donors and their families can incur thousands of dollars in related costs not covered by insurance. Experts now urge Americans to remove financial barriers to organ donation. The 38-member Incentives Workshop Group, which includes representatives of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation, says removing the financial burden from donors and families is fair and may even lead to an increase in organs available for transplant.
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