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ABTC will offer CCTN exam at Annual ITNS Symposium
The American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) has partnered with ITNS for the opportunity to take the Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN) examination Friday, September 26, in conjunction with the Annual ITNS Symposium in Houston, Texas. Individuals will take the CCTN examination on site at the JW Marriott Houston. This is a great opportunity for international attendees of the ITNS Symposium to take the CCTN examination.

Interested applicants should download and complete an application and submit it to AMP Testing Services, 18000 W. 105th Street, Olathe, KS, 66061 Applicants may also submit their completed application via fax to 913-895-4650 or email to
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Career management advice in the new episode of Nursing Success TV
Shape your career with expert advice from your peers on Nursing Success TV. Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN, provides advice for stepping up to a management position, and Rosanne Raso, Nurse Executive at Lenox Hill Hospital/North Shore LIJ Health System, offers practical tips for managing fatigue. Nursing Success TV is accessible 24/7 for free and is viewable from any computer or mobile device. Watch the new episode of Nursing Succes TV today!
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Kidney transplants linked to higher survival rates
HealthDay News via The Clinical Advisor
Kidney transplantation is associated with higher treatment and patient survival rates compared with intensive home hemodialysis, according to researchers.
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Newborn just 13 days old becomes youngest in the UK to have an artificial heart fitted as she waits for life-saving transplant
The Daily Mail
A 13-day-old baby has become the youngest in the U.K. to be fitted with an artificial heart. Tiarna Middleton was given a Berlin heart by doctors at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle while she waits for a life-saving heart transplant.
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Phoenix hosptial gets $19 million gift to create thoracic transplant center
Arizona Daily Star
The only Arizona hospital performing lung transplants recently received its largest-ever donation — a $19 million gift to create a new center for thoracic medicine. Among other things, the historic donation from philanthropists John and Doris Norton will be invested in expanding the thoracic and lung transplant program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, hospital officials said.
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Organ transplant survival rate better in Ireland than UK
The Irish Post
Patients who undergo an organ transplant are more likely to survive their operation in Ireland than in Britain. That's the conclusion taken from findings that were revealed in a HSE report, just launched by the Irish Government. The report shows that an Irish patient who underwent a heart transplant had a 62 percent 10-year survival rate, compared to 54 percent in Britain, against an international average of 55 percent.
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Where's the best place to be a nurse?
The Clinical Advisor
Research based on job availability, competition and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice. Oregon and Washington top WalletHub's "2014's Best & Worst States for Nurses" list, while Southern regions states Mississippi and Louisiana ranked last of among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. "The nursing industry is expected to grow far faster than the average occupation through 2022," wrote WalletHub, "and the various day-to-day demands placed on nursing professionals are indeed profession-specific."
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Prophylactic ICDs improved survival in patients with less severe HF
Medicare patients hospitalized for HF and with left ventricular ejection fraction between 30 percent to 35 percent and less than 30 percent had a better survival rate at 3 years if they received a prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator, according to new study results.
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Featured Jobs from the ITNS Career Center

Dialysis Access NP/Transplant
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Patient Care Technician Cert
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US: ECMC temporarily suspends living organ donor transplants
Erie County Medical Center recently announced it is temporarily suspending its living organ donor transplant program, following the death of a donor. In the spring of 2013, a living donor successfully provided a transplant organ to a family member. About six months later, that donor died from an illegal drug overdose. After conferring with the United Network for Organ Sharing, ECMC voluntarily decided to suspend the living transplant program, while it reviews its policies.
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3D-printing a better blood vessel
The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch. Now a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital has made headway in fabricating blood vessels using a 3-D bioprinting technique.
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    NIH awards $2.585 million grant to School of Nursing and Health Studies for Kidney Transplant Medical Adherence Study (ITNS)
Study: Grey's Anatomy is turning people against organ donation (Vox)
Medication adherence in solid organ transplant recipients (Pharmacy Practice News)
Moral distress in nursing (By Keith Carlson)
Record year for transplants in Irish hospitals (Irish Times)

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