About the International Transplant Nurses Society
The International Transplant Nurses Society was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization, to promote the education and clinical practice excellence of nurses who are interested in and participate in the care of solid organ transplant patients. Headquartered in Chicago, IL we have grown to become a leading respected transplant organization with active members worldwide.
ITNS is the first professional nursing organization to focus on the professional growth and development of the transplant clinician. ITNS offers nurses a forum for learning about the latest advances in transplantation and transplant patient care. Over the years, ITNS continues to provide nurses -- skilled in transplantation -- with many opportunities to share their expertise with national and international peers, and receive recognition for their knowledge and scholarly pursuits.
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is committed to the field of transplantation and strives to maintain the mission and integrity of the Society through our activities and educational collaborations and are elected by active voting members via an electronic ballot. The Board follows the by-laws of the organization.
Read theITNS By-Laws(PDF)
As the professional community of transplant nurses, ITNS provides relevant evidence based education, research, and advocacy to assure excellence in patient care worldwide.
Our Vision Statement
ITNS is known, understood, and valued everywhere for advancing transplant nursing excellence.
Our Core Beliefs
1. Everyone who shares our passion and mission is welcome in our community.
2. Everyone benefits from the practice of the highest levels of safety, ethics, and evidence-based care.
3. We make better decisions when we embrace diversity in all its dimensions.
4. The better we take care of our members, the better they can take care of their patients
5. Members who take advantage of ITNS resources elevate workplace performance.
6. We are reenergized by interacting with colleagues who understand us.
7. ITNS has a responsibility to help members develop their leadership skills.
Strategic Issues We Monitor
1. Education & research
2. Healthcare trends
4. Global economics & geopolitical forces
5. Social &cultural variables
7. Financial factors
Strategic Priorities for 2016-2018
1. Educating members and patients
2. Providing outstanding online resources and community
3. Recruiting and engaging international members
4. Assuring organizational vibrancy
- Provide a network for communication among professional nurses with a focus and commitment to transplantation.
- Provide a means of continuing education for professional nurses with a focus in transplant nursing.
- Examine new trends in transplantation affecting patient care and the role of the transplant nurse.
- Promote and support research in transplant nursing.
- Distribute the results of scientific investigations among professionals interested in transplantation.
- Foster an awareness of ongoing ethical considerations in procurement, donation, and recipient awareness.
- Ensure the accomplishment of the proper and lawful purposes and objectives of the Society.
ITNS is a supporter of the Daisy Foundation
The Daisy Foundation was created to say thank you to Nurses like you! To learn more, visit http://daisyfoundation.org/.
The original ITNS logo was designed in 1992 and was a tree with each of the nine leaves representing a solid organ that could be transplanted at the time. The spaces on the tree represented transplants to come. ITNS wanted to incorporate the history of the tree into the new logo. In 2013, ITNS unveiled a new logo that carried over the leaf symbolism from the original logo. The new ITNS logo includes a leaf to represent an organ being donated and transplanted. The hands around the leaf represent our members and are sheltering the organ. The color palette specifically includes earth tones to reflect the diversity of membership in the organization across race, gender, nations, and continents. The leaf appears in the green color that represents transplant awareness. The new ITNS logo represents a personal touch in the transplant nurse's mission as the leaf is placed between two hands as if an organ is being shepherded with the utmost care in the transplant process.