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ITNS will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016. In celebration of this milestone, ITNS is asking each member and symposium attendee to consider donating $25 or more in commemoration of 25 wonderful years! We are proud that every dollar you donate goes toward education and to members to further their professional development and clinical expertise and directly apply that knowledge to their own patients or research. Help us transform lives for transplant nurses and their thousands of patients. To make a donation, call the ITNS member services department at +1-847-375-6340 or complete and mail the donation form.
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It's not too late to register for the ITNS Summer Symposium!
The Summer Symposium starts next week, but you can still register! If you would like to attend the symposium, call 847-375-6340 or email a completed registration form to Please note at this time the Trolley Tour is sold out. If you would like to add your name to the wait list for the trolley tour, please note this on your registration form but do not include payment. If there are enough people interested, an additional trolley will be added. See you in Chicago!
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CIMI-BRIGHT Validation Survey
This online survey is a substudy of the Building research initiative group: chronic illness management and adherence in transplantation (BRIGHT) study, an international, multicenter, cross-sectional research project that was launched and conducted in partnership with ITNS. More information on BRIGHT is available in the study protocol published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (Berben et al., 2014). This substudy is designed to evaluate the CIMI-BRIGHT questionnaire developed for the BRIGHT study. You will be asked to provide some demographic information about you and your transplant center and then to complete the CIMI-BRIGHT questionnaire. This questionnaire asks about practice patterns used in your everyday work and competencies of the healthcare professionals working in your center. For example, it asks how patients' medication adherence is assessed or how the follow up care of transplant patients in your transplant program is organized. The proposal for the study was reviewed and approved by the ethics committee Nordwest- und Zentralschweiz, Switzerland on April 28, 2015.

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Bacteria linked to hyperammonemia in lung transplant patients
By Chelsea Adams
New research shows a rare but often fatal complication among lung transplant patients is likely caused by bacteria normally found in the urinary tract. Dr. Ankit Bharat, a thoracic surgeon and surgical director at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, found elevated levels of ammonia in a 44-year-old double lung transplant patient a week after transplant surgery. Reasons for the patient's hyperammonemia weren't clear.
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Organ donation rates in the US
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
In the U.S., organ donor rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York state, according to a report published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. The researchers looked at 52,571 people who died between 2008 and 2013, and who were considered eligible for organ donation.
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Acetaminophen-linked liver failure varies widely in Europe
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) overdose caused one fifth of all cases of acute liver failure leading to the need for liver transplant (ALFT) in seven European countries, according to a study published online May 28 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. However, when researchers compared in-country rates of acetaminophen-linked AFLT they found a 200-fold variation on a per capita basis and a 20-fold variation by amount of drug sold.
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Lung reduction surgery conducted in India for the 1st time on scleroderma patient
Scleroderma News
An expert surgical team conducted the first lung reduction surgery in India. The recipient of the new, size-reduced lung was a 30-year-old woman named Mrs. Anita Devi, who suffers from scleroderma. The surgery was conducted to treat Mrs. Devi's scleroderma-related pulmonary fibrosis, but the technique can be applied to a range of other illnesses that require a lung transplant.
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HIV-positive organ donors can expand transplant pool
Research published in the American Journal of Transplantation suggests there may be nearly 400 HIV-positive deceased organ donors annually in the United States, which could have a major impact for those in need of a transplant. "The findings are significant because there are not enough organ donors in the United States to meet the needs of all of the patients who might benefit from lifesaving organ transplants," Emily A. Blumberg, MD, professor in the division of infectious diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, said in a press release.
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Stroke risk lower with kidney transplants vs. dialysis
Renal & Urology News
Patients with end-stage renal disease who have had a kidney transplant have nearly half the risk of stroke compared with patients on hemodialysis, Australian researchers reported at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association 42nd Congress in London.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Addressing the system
By Catherine Iste
Why is achieving work-life balance as a healthcare professional so difficult? As noted in the first part of this three-part series, it is difficult for everyone to agree on what work-life balance really is. As pointed out in the second article, many of the characteristics that draw a person into the profession are the same ones that keep them from addressing their own needs. In this article, we will acknowledge another seemingly obvious issue that fundamentally affects work-life balance: the system.
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How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner.
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Nurse scope of practice expansion may help ease rural healthcare woes
As more states move to expand nurses' scope of practice, these measures may be especially vital in rural America, where healthcare access gaps are often the most glaring, according to the New York Times. In Nebraska, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation in March that allows nurse practitioners to perform duties they're nationally certified to perform without a physician's presence or approval. It was the 20th state to enact such a law, and eight more are considering similar legislation, according to the Times.
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    Study: Generic as good as name brand for post-transplant drugs (By Lynn Hetzler)
Empowering nurses to be their best (By Keith Carlson)
Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities (By Catherine Iste)
5 tips to help nurses improve patient education skills (Global Healthcare)
Declining liver graft quality threatens the future of liver transplantation in the US (Liver Transplantation)

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