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2018 Election Information

The 2018 ballot will open for ITNS membership vote on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 9 AM CDT and close on Friday June 29, 2018 at 12:01 AM CDT.

Candidate terms:

  • President-Elect – 1 position available for a 3 year term: 1 year as President-Elect, 1 year as President, 1 year as President-Emeritus (2018 – 2021)
  • Secretary/Treasurer – 1 positions available for a 2 year term (2018 – 2020)
  • Director-at-Large – 1 positions available for a 2 year term (2018 – 2020)
  • Education Director – 1 position available for a 2 year term (2018 – 2020)
  • International Director – 1 position available for a 2 year term (2018 – 2020)


All incoming board of directors members assume roles beginning on September 30, 2018

2018-2019 Candidates

President Elect (1 position)

Joyce Trompeta, PhD PNP

Secretary/Treasurer

Gemma Edwards, BSc Hons in Adult nursing

Director at Large (1 position)

Paula Eicker, MSN Rn NEA-BC

International Director (1 position)

Arzu Kader Harmanci Seren, BSN MSc PhD

Education Director (1 position)

Ashi Firouzi, MSc PGC BSc RGN

Candidate Bios

President Elect

Joyce Trompeta, PhD PNPA

Assistant Professor; UCSF International Pacific Rim Surgical & Medical Liaison

San Francisco, CA, USA

JTROMPETA


Education:
University of California, San Francisco
Doctoral and Master of Science Degrees
San Francisco, California
Saint Mary's College of California
Bachelor of Science Degree
Moraga, California
Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, California

Awards/Honors:
2016-2017 - UCSF Partners in Care
2015 - Scientific Award: The Transplantation Society/International Society for Organ Donation & Procurement
2012-2014 - UCSF Pilot Research Awards for Junior Investigators in Basic & Clinical/Translational Sciences (Resource Allocation Program)
2007-2008 - Leadership & Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship, UCSF
2007-2008 - UCSF Graduate Research Student Award
2007-2008 - Mini Pacific Rim Grant
2007 - Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Eta Chapter Research Award
2007 - UCSF School of Nursing Century Club Award
2006-2007 - NCEMNA Scholar

Clinical Expertise:
I oversaw UCSF's Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program for 10 years in concert with Dr. Nancy Ascher, and I have expertise in adolescent growth and development. I also have prior experience in pediatric intensive care. Currently, I oversee UCSF's Living Kidney Donor Transplant Program for the state of Hawaii. I screen all on-line donor health histories and orchestrate the compatibility testing and medical donor work-ups; including, providing extensive organ donation education to both potential kidney transplant recipients and their donors. Additionally, I review post-kidney transplant lab results for Kaiser SF (UCSF oversees clinic) identifying need for alteration in immunosuppression therapy, as well as, to identify early signs of potential rejection. I organize and attend weeklong Hawaii outreach kidney transplant clinics every 4 months in Honolulu to meet and evaluate potential kidney donors and perform history and physicals. On a part-time basis, I practice as a nurse practitioner in a private nephrology practice.

Vision for Transplant Nursing
Clinical and academic/research transplant nurses possess specific knowledge and expertise. Transplant professionals from all over the world need to unite and develop cohesive relationships to share knowledge, best practices, and scholarly pursuits. Networking through meetings, the global community of transplant clinicians and researchers have the opportunity to collaborate, share research findings; most importantly, to form and establish long-lasting collaborations and friendships. ITNS offers this unique forum for transplant nurses worldwide.

Vision for the ITNS
My vision for ITNS is to create a robust worldwide membership of transplant professionals. ITNS is the only international transplant forum for nurses that offers the opportunity to network with colleagues who share the same expertise and passion for organ donation and transplantation. ITNS offers the venue of providing a strong educational forum to disseminate innovative clinical and research trends.

My personal interest is to focus on establishing relationships with the transplant community in Pacific Rim countries. We need to build membership of transplant practitioners from South America and the Middle East. Additionally, we need to focus on re-strengthening connections within the European transplant community, as well as within the United States. I developed the Organ Donation & Transplantation Knowledge Survey (ODTK), which is psychometrically valid for evaluating knowledge about organ donation and transplantation. My vision is to share my instrument with all members and offer mentorship. The ITNS Board of Directors and its members offer a wealth of organ transplantation expertise who have the capability to act as mentors to nurses in clinical and academic settings. The creation of a global Transplant Nursing Mentorship Program is a vision for experienced and seasoned transplant nurses to help empower, build and grow a stronger generation of transplant clinicians.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions
With clinical expertise in adolescent growth and development, I oversaw UCSF's Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program for ten years. Currently, I coordinate the UCSF Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program for the state of Hawaii. Responsibilities include screening on-line donor health histories, and initiating the compatibility testing and medical donor work-ups. Concurrently, I provide extensive organ donation education to both potential kidney transplant recipients and their donors. In addition to my clinical duties, I remain active academically by lecturing nationally and internationally and providing community education.

I have served on the Editorial Board for Child Health Nursing Research, the Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health. I hold two academic appointments: (1) Assistant Professor with UCSF's Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine where I perform outcomes research, and (2) Graduate faculty at the University of Hawaii in the PhD/DNP programs. My program of research examines factors related to organ donation and health disparities, including organ donation practices, medical exclusion related to race and ethnicity, and reasons why donors are unwilling to donate.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions
I have welcomed opportunities to serve in numerous leadership positions. I have served on the Boards of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/ United Network for Organ Sharing - Minority Affairs Committee, and the International Transplant Nurses Society as Direct at Large. I am President Emeritus and chapter founder of the Northern California ITNS. Currently, I am on the Council Board of the International Society of Organ Donation & Procurement as US representative.

Working remotely and functioning independently has required that I take considerable initiative with my work in Hawaii. Collaboration with UCSF's strategic team to establish and maintain strong presence in Pacific Rim has been the goal. I successfully created outreach programs to four Hawaiian Islands promoting solid organ transplantation and organ donor awareness. This resulted in establishing 90% kidney transplant referral rate from Hawaii's nephrology community; doubling number of living donor kidney transplants from Hawaii within one year of starting program; leading the allocation of deceased organ donor lungs from Hawaii to UCSF for transplantation; doubling number of lung transplant referrals from Hawaii after second year; designing and implementing streamlined referral process with on-line access to promote efficiency; and, performing fund raising efforts and organizing local/national/international conferences. My current endeavor is developing "The Kumamoto Model," a program in the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan to increase deceased organ donation rates.
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Secretary/Treasurer

Gemma Edwards, BSc Hons in Adult nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mechanical Circulatory Support Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust

London, United Kingdom

Gemma Edwards web
Education:
BSc Hons in Adult Nursing – Bucks New University, London (2005-2008). Introduction to Critical Care - Bucks New University, London (2009).
Mentorship into Practice - Bucks New University, London (2010).
Cardiac Care Module - Bucks New University, London (2012).
Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing - Bucks New University, London Prescribing (2014)

Awards/Honors:
BSc (Honors) in Adult Nursing - Bucks New University, London (2005-2008).

Clinical Expertise:
I am currently working in an Advanced Nursing Team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mechanical Circulatory Support. In this role I work very closely with members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and also with my other colleagues in the team. I also work autonomously. The role is very diverse. I help set up and run outpatient clinics, I provide training for patients, nursing staff and carers. I train outpatient services such as Emergency departments; we offer a 24hr emergency on call service. I am also present in theatre where we assemble the device and operate it accordingly. We work very closely with our patients as we want to ensure that they have the best care and support whilst with a Ventricular Assist Device. I have also cared for post-operative lung and heart transplant patients and also LVAD patients. This involved providing them with nursing care for high dependency patients. I have recently had to take on more responsibilities for the team in which I work in. I have been completing end of month figures for our VAD/transplant/ECMO patients. I also have been carrying out the task of reordering stock for the team and patients and helping to manage the budget specifically for our team. My over duties for the team are management of the off duty and managing the annual leave/sickness reports for each month.

Vision for Transplant Nursing
The transplant field is getting bigger and bigger by the year. The need for Transplant specialist nurses, not only coordinators but also the bedside nurses are forever increasing. I have worked in transplant for 10 years now and I am constantly seeing the rise for transplant nurses increasing every year. ITNS is needed to help enhancing their knowledge and skills and also making them aware of ITNS. Since working on the board previously I have found I want to lift morale and continue to assist and educate transplant nurses so we can provide the best standard of care to our transplant patients and provide nurses with the support and education they need to develop their nursing skills and knowledge. I also want to increase our membership to further afield as international nurses would also benefit from ITNS just as much as other transplant nurses who are already apart of ITNS.

Vision for the ITNS
The ITNS foundation is continually changing. In previous years I have been privileged to work closely with a brilliant, talented, experienced team of individuals, whether they are a nurse, have a nursing background or work at the AMC to ensure the daily running of ITNS goes smoothly. I was also part of changing the vision for ITNS and also the core beliefs. The current vision: ITNS is known, understood, and valued everywhere for advancing transplant nursing excellence, demonstrates what and who we are and what we are aiming to be. I feel by being part of the board of directors will help me continue my quest to engage international transplant nurses and make them aware of ITNS and how we can help them develop and transition into highly specialized transplant nurses. My goal is to help international nurses establish accreditation marking for transplant nursing. Of the international transplant nurses who I have spoken to I have found there are not many places which have the special credits for transplant nursing specifically. Transplant nursing is so specialized; nurses need to have this support and guidance from ITNS to continue their training and skills.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions
I am a well-established nurse prescriber for the VAD team. I have a high percentile of patients in range for their INRs. I am able to identify when patients need commencing on antibiotics for if they have a wound infection, I am able to prescribe warfarin on a regular basis for our ever growing VAD patient population. I have also taught international specialist teams on ventricular assist devices. I have am attending workshops on certain devices to further my knowledge and skills to care for our patients and also to assist my teaching skills to my colleagues. I continue to love my job and what I can do to make my workplace strive with excellent patient care and patient advocacy. I am also participating in arranging and carrying out recovery testing on a small group of patients as they are showing signs of myocardial recovery.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions
Over the past year we have had many changes in our team. I have had to assist with managerial tasks and assist with supporting junior members of the team. Managerial tasks include arranging and planning off duty and annual leave records, data collection and updating end of month databases. I also assist with the procurement of devices and supplies for the team. I often take charge when the most senior staff member is on a non-work day. At this point I feel direction is key to ensure the best care is given to our patients. I am also very easy to talk to and a great problem solver, so if there is an issue which arises we can work it out together to ensure the correct treatment is given.

ITNS is vital for supporting and teaching the transplant nurse. I feel by being a part of the ITNS board of directors I can voice and action my thoughts and that of the transplant nurses on transplant education, bed side skills and clinical learning. It is also vital to help support the nurses mentally and emotionally. It is very challenging in this profession and we all need to support each other as times can be tough and stressful and emotionally draining for us all.
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Director at Large (1 position)

Paula Eicker, MSN Rn NEA-BC

Senior Director Transplant Services, Hematology Oncology and Neurodiagnostics Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Paula 
Education
BSN – Duquesne University, MSN – Catham University
Certification in Nurse Executive Advanced

Awards/Honors
Lemoyne Award Nominee x3, Cameos of Caring Honoree for Donate Life
Highest Hospital in PA for HAP Donate Life Challenge

Clinical Expertise
30 plus year with solid organ transplant from staff RN to Unit Director to Senior Director over service line, 3 years experience in Hem/ONC and Neurodiagnostics,

Vision for Transplant Nursing
Transplant Nursing is a specialized field and should be celebrated for leading the way on many initiatives that have impact on other patient populations. Relationships built between patient and nurse lend itself to be a rewarding field of nursing. Transplant Nursing is the glue that holds patients and doctors together and more importantly patients to the organs they receive.

Vision for the ITNS
I envision ITNS as the support system for all nurses caring for transplant patients that may need guidance in providing care, support in obtaining certification and mentoring in sharing best practices among centers. ITNS should function as that collaborative network for nurses throughout the world to learn from each other and their patients.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions
Progressively changed throughout the advancements in organ transplantation. Had the privilege of working with some of the pioneers in the transplantation world. Moved from a staff nurse to a Unit Director where I was able to raise the level of patient satisfaction and staff satisfaction, maintained a turnover rate under 8% for 10 years, moved into the Senior Director position and guided the service line through UNOS and CMS surveys, instrumental in developing a business plan for a collaboration between CHP and another facility, President of local chapter of ITNS, Board member on the local OPO center, Top points for HAP donate life Challenge.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions
Oversee multiple service lines and have developed strategic plans for each subdivision, able to meet goals of each division, Advisor to the Quality and Safety Council, Magnet advisor to the Education and Professional Development Council, Administrative Chair for Professional Practice Council, Presented at ITNS international conferences, Spoke at Donate life activities
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International Director (1 position)

Arzu Kader Harmanci Seren, BSN MSc PhD

Assistant professor University of Health Sciences

Instanbul, Turkey

Arzu Kader Harmanci
Education:
Istanbul University, Institute of Health Sciences, Nursing Management, Istanbul/Turkey
Doctoral and Master of Science Degrees
Istanbul University, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Nursing, Istanbul/Turkey
Bachelor of Science Degree
Istanbul University, Faculty of Distance Education, Business Administartion, Istanbul/Turkey
Bachelor of Science Degree

Awards/Honors:
2017 - The 16th National Nursing Student Congress, Research Award
2015 - 2nd International Clinical Nursing Reserach Congress, Scientific Award
2013 - Istanbul University, Scientific Research Projects Unit, International Research Award
2010 - Trukish Academy of Sciences, Worthy work prize
2010- The Transplantation Society, International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement, Astellas, Transplant Coordination Scholarship
2010- Turkish Transplantation Centers Coordination Association, Best Coordinator Research Award,
Vision for Transplant Nursing
To contribute to the process of development of transplant nursing through the World.

Vision for the ITNS
To introduce the ITNS to the transplant nurses from Africa, Middle East and Asia Regions and to reflect scope of ITNS to the colleagues from developing and undeveloped countries.
Accomplishments in Professional Positions
International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Member (2017-...)
Turkish Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Nurses Association (TNDTHD) Member (2014-...)
Turkish Transplant Coordinators Association (ONKOD)-Member (2006-...)
Turkish Nurses Association-Member (2002-...)
Education programs to health services workers about donation
Education programs to mosque imams on the ethics of organ donation and transplantation.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions
International Trnasplant Network Nursing Course, Scientific Committee Member (2017)
Association of Nurse Managers, Founding Board Member (2011-2012)
Turkish Transplant Coordinators Association (ONKOD) Board Member- (2009-2011)
Turkish Transplant Coordinators Association (ONKOD) II. Transplanted Children Camp (2–6 of September 2009)
Turkish Ministry of Health, Certificate Course of Organ and Tissue Transplantation Coordinator (Program Coordinator) (19- 23 October 2009)
Cordinator (Program Coordinator) (19- 23 October 2009)
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Education Director (1 position)

Ashi Firouzi, MSc PGC BSc RGN

Clinical Researcher Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Uxbridge, MIDDX, United Kingdom

WEB Firouzi
Education
MSc, PGC, BSc, RGN

Clinical Expertise
I have worked in a variety of clinical settings and completed the courses relevant to my area of practice.
Heart and Lung Transplantation (Adult)
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (Adult)
Cardiothoracic surgery
Cardiology
Clinical Research
Nursing Education
Respiratory

Vision for Transplant Nursing
My vision for transplant nursing is that we as a specialty group will continue to provide educational and professional growth opportunities, networking and collaborative activities. There are endless possibilities in nursing but in particular in transplant nursing – we are constantly evolving. I believe that transplant nursing is a unique group of nurses that play a crucial role in the care of transplant recipients; I'm fond of saying that Transplant is more of an art than it is a science. Transplant is a field which is forever changing and nurses must support one another with novel care practices and educational resources to ensure the highest quality care that is not only optimal and of highest standards but results in maximal patient and family satisfaction and quality outcomes.

Vision for the ITNS
My vision for the ITNS is to increase our visibility and to be the premier source for Transplant Nurses-worldwide. I believe that ITNS is poised to become the flagship forum for developing a stronger transplant nursing community internationally, capable of linking us together in potentially more collaborative ways beyond meeting at our annual Symposium.

The ITNS Symposium fosters such a strong sense of community among transplant nurses professionals that I believe there are opportunities to expand that networking into more collaborative patient care, comprehensive and shared educational materials, and pan-regional transplant nursing research through ITNS.

I have been on the Board of Directors for the past two years and have seen tremendous changes over those years and a result of these changes I believe that ITNS is on the cusp of many great things. My goal is to continue INTS's legacy and to be the premier source for Transplant Nurses-worldwide. I would like to collaborate with our transplant colleagues-in various fields, not just nursing-to improve and promote our image, membership, scope, network and reach.

I believe that ITNS is the leader in developing solutions to future challenges that transplant nurses will face such as the global nursing shortage; the increasing acuity of transplant patients; shortening lengths of stay; and the increasing need for pre- and post-transplant supportive care.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions
I have been working in adult heart and lung Transplant department for last 17years. Since graduating; I have worked in a variety of clinical settings and completed both internal and external courses relevant to my area of practice which helped me to consolidate my knowledge and skills. I am well organised and professional person who has had a lot of experience working autonomously and within a team.

My practice and research accomplishments have been in the area of critical care and have particularly focused on patients and families experience post- transplant. I have been able to work as part of the team in the identification, design and implementation of agreed research projects which has allowed me to conduct environmental and observational audits within clinical settings, resulting in changes in practice and participate in on-going research projects. Being involved with the ITNS research Special Interest Group (SIG) has increased my ability to collaborate with international, multi-site research project related to adherence in the transplant population.

In my current job I am responsible for providing education and support to nursing and allied health staff, teaching MSc students on research modules , Responsible for initiating and facilitating research, Responsible for monitoring these services and analyses patient outcomes (Quality Improvement).

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions
I have had the opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary transplant colleagues both in the UK and around the world. I was fortunate to be involved in the BRIGHT study, a multi-centre, multi-continent study focusing on health care system factors and adherence in heart transplant recipients.
I have served as an abstract reviewer for the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant (ISHLT) for their annual conference; also I had several opportunities to share our expertise in International organization through oral and poster presentations.
I have been on the Board of Directors for the past two years and I've had the opportunities to be involved with ITNS Award Committee as a Board Liaison for Transplant Nursing Excellence Award & Friend of Transplant Nursing Award and being on the planning committee for the ITNS European Transplant Nursing Symposium.
I model professional behaviour, work to reduce conflict and advise staff in their communications. I take my role very seriously and have had excellent performance appraisals on an annual basis.

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