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2020 ITNS Annual Meeting Posters

Bric Study – Burnout and Resiliency Levels among Organ Donation Coordinators: Research Protocol
Vanessa Silva E Silva; Laura Hornby, MSC; Ken Lotherington, BSC; Amber Appleby, RN; Amina Silva; Sonny S. Dhanni, MD

Construction and Validation of an Educational Booklet for Liver Transplantation Recipients
Karina Dal Sasso Mendes, MSc PhD RN; Alexandra Almeida; Cristina Maria Galvão, RN PhD; Ana Lopes, MJ

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Clinical Pathways for the Management of Pediatric Post-Operative Liver Transplant Patients
Jackie Calhoun, DNP RN CPNP-AC CCRN; Jaskaran Rakkar, MD; Rajech Aneja, MD; Kyle A. Soltys, MD

Why is Laparoscopic Living Liver Donation a Better Option?
Katey E. Hellickson, RN BSN CCTC; Donna Ferchill

Reducing the Kidney Transplant Inactive Waiting List
Christopher S. Leonhardt, BSN CCTC; Heather Moore, RN BSN; Jan Rodwell, CCTC MSN RN; Catherine  C. Maranon, BSN, RN

Phasing Out Clabsi in the Solid Organ Transplant Population
Shannon Walsten, RN; Sarah Simons, BSN RN

The Role of the Transplant Nurse Coordination in the Management of Acute Liver Failure Due to Ingestion of Wild Mushrooms
Barbara Mastroianni, MSN RN CCTC; Christina C. Lindenmeyer, MD; Gianin Flocco, MD

Two Stage Assessment of Living Kidney Donors: A Single Centre Experience
Lilibeth Piso, MSC; Cinzia Sammartino, Transplant Surgeon; Rafez Ahmed, Physician Associate; Rajesh Sivaprakasm, Transplant Surgeon

Increase Awareness among Healthcare Practitioners about Infection Control Practices for Patients with Burholderia Cepacia: A Quality Improvement Project
Alicia Jones, APN

What If It's Me?
Patricia Berberet, BSN

Employment After Liver Transplantation and Contributing Factors
Anna Van Den Burg

Accommodating Increasing Volumes without Knocking Down Walls: Update on an Infusion Center's Growth
Jeannifer Estrada, BSN RN

Association Between Sleep Quality and Frailty in Kidney Transplantation Recipients: A Cross-Sectional Study
Fucong Peng; Xuejie Guo, BSN; Hongxia Liu, PhD RN; Bei Zhang; Han Wang, BS; Mengxi Han, BS; Shasha Wang, BS

The Role of the Nurse Clinician
Danielle Tomaszewski, RN BSN; Janet Lam, RN BSN; Deana Mays, RN BSN

The Complex Psychological Aspects of Small Bowel Transplantation from a Team Perspective: A Case Study
Rodney Bilijam; Linda Scholten, RN; Marcel Lindstedt, RN

A Focused Approach to Fall Prevention in the Transplant Patient Population
Megan E. VanDeVoorde, BSN RN; Aaron H. Peterson, MSN

Graft Vs. Host Disease after Solid Organ Transplant: A Rare but Lethal Complication
Krystal Nava, BSN RN CCTC; Kawtar Alkhalloufi, MD; Carla Murgas

Implementing Code Blue Debriefs on the Multi Organ Transplant Unit
Chantelle Nielson; Alicia Jones, APN; Rhonda Allan, MN; Amanda Firth, MN © BScN BSc; Marcia Cameron, RN MN

Sun Protection in the Transplant Population: Health Promotion
Shelia R. Rice, CCTN PhD RN

Development and Testing the Psychometric Properties of Self-Management Support Scale for Renal Transplant Recipient
Hongxia Liu, PhD EN

The Relationship between Uncertainty in Illness and Coping Modes in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Hongxia Liu, PhD RN; Mengxi Han, BS; Bei Zhang; Han Wang, NS; Shasha Wang, BS; Fucong Peng, Xuejie Guo, BSN

The Relationship between Frailty and Anxiety, Depression in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Hongxia Liu, PhD RN; Han Wang, BS; Xuejie Guo, BSN; Mengxi Han, BS; Shasha Wang, BS; Bei Zhang; Fucong Peng, BS

ITNS 2020 Late Breaking Call for Abstracts
ITNS Virtual Annual Meeting
October 22 – 25, 2020


The International Transplant Nurses Society's Annual Meeting Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the Virtual Annual Meeting from Thursday, October 22 - Sunday, October 25 2020.

The online meeting format gives the planning committee the opportunity to add late breaking educational sessions to the program. Although we won't see each other in-person this year, we're hopeful this gives many an opportunity to present.

Submit an abstract today!

Abstract Submission Deadline: We are currently experiencing technicial difficulties with our abstract submission system. The deadline has been extendend through Monday, August 17, 2020 11:59 pm (midnight) Central Standard Time (Chicago, Illinois, USA). 

If you have questions or trouble sugmitting your abstract contact info@itns.org 

At this time the submission site will close and no other submissions or edits can be made. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.



By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following stipulations if the abstract is chosen:

  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts MUST be BLINDED and must not refer to the organization, author, or location in the title, presenter information, abstract text, etc. Any unblinded abstracts will be immediately disqualified.
  • Each application must be completed in its entirety. Any incomplete abstracts will be disqualified.
  • Utilize APA format for references in the Bibliography section.
  • Biographical Data and Conflict of Interest Disclosure (BIO/COI) forms must be completed for the main presenter, co-presenter(s), and contributor(s) prior to submission.
  • All conference registration, travel, and hotel costs are paid by the speaker(s).
  • The abstract title, speaker information (including credentials), and abstract descriptions will appear in all conference materials exactly as submitted. No title changes can be made once the abstract has been submitted. Submitters are asked to determine the final title, proofread the application for typographical errors, and verify the accuracy of the speaker listings and abstract title and content before the abstract is submitted.
  • The main presenter contact will be responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements regarding the abstract. Failure to meet deadlines and requirements will result in the withdrawal of Continuing Education (CE) credits for the session. The main presenter contact is responsible for notifying ITNS Staff of any changes, additions, or corrections in main presenter, speaker, or contributor names, paper titles, or availability to present the submitted paper/poster at the assigned date and time. Unless otherwise noted on the abstract, the main presenter will be considered the only contact.
  • By submitting the abstract, the main presenter agrees to attend the Annual Meeting to present the abstract if accepted, or coordinate for another colleague to present the abstract.


Concurrent 30-Minute Session:

  • A 30-minute session presentation of a topic that consists of lecture/discussions. Authors must be willing to modify the content to fit the appropriate format. Presentation delivered within a 30-minute time frame (25-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions)

Poster Presenter

  • Presenters are assigned specific times to stand by their poster and answer questions posed by passing colleagues during the conference. The visual poster presentation will be 4'x8' size and depict research, QI, education, or leadership findings by an individual or representatives of a team.

All presentations that include patient-specific information and/or pictures (research studies, case studies, or quality improvement initiatives), MUST:

  1. Meet your institution's criteria for human subject protection
  2. Have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
  3. Comply with HIPAA regulations (United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa).

**Please note that final decisions on submission format and time frame rest with the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.**

Classify session according to attendee expertise levels, not the level of the presenter:

  • Beginner: New to the field, topic, or to the care of transplant candidates and/or recipients.
  • Intermediate: Has worked in the field for several years and is proficient in caring for transplant candidates and/or recipients.
  • Advanced: Has extensive experience and expertise in caring for transplant candidates and/or recipients or is an advanced practice nurse (e.g., clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner).


  • Main Presenter: Is the main presenter of a submitted abstract and will attend the meeting and present.
  • Poster Presenter: Is the main poster presenter of a submitted abstract and will attend the meeting, set up, and present the poster.
  • Co-Presenter: Are individuals who will be attending the meeting and will be presenting with the main presenter.
  • Co-Poster Presenter: Are individuals who will be attending the meeting and will be presenting with the poster presenter.
  • Contributor: Are individuals who contribute data, educational planning, or research towards the submitted abstract but will not be presenting.

Each abstract will be evaluated through a blinded, peer review process by members of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee. Notification of abstract selection or non-selection will be made by late-August 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Kat Waks at kwaks@itns.org.

We hope you have found the above explanations helpful and look forward to reading your abstract submission.

Submit an abstract today!

2020 ITNS Annual Meeting Schedule

Live Schedule

Thursday Schedule | Friday Schedule | Saturday Schedule| Sunday Schedule | Pre-recorded Sessions

Browse the ITNS Virtual Annual Meeting schedule to learn how together, we'll connect, grow, and learn.

Please note the live schedule may be scheduled to change. Times listed in Central Time.

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Thursday, October 22


Leadership Preconference

Stacia M. Hays, DNP, APRN, CCTC, FAANP


Immunology 101

Anat Roitberg-Tambur, DMD, PhD


Opening Reception

Sponsored by CareDX

Friday, October 23


Virtual Exhibits


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Natera


Keynote Presentation: Innovations in Acute and Chronic Rejection Surveillance After Heart Transplantation

Jon Kobashigawa, MD


Burnout & Resiliency Panel

Gemma Edwards, BSc (Hons)
Arzu Harmanci Seren, PhD
Vanessa Silva E Silva, BScN MSc
Clarissa Welbaum, RN
Alexandria Nagy, BSN RN


Break and Virtual Exhibits


Ethics Panel



Symposium Lunch

Sponsored by CareDX


Exhibit Break

Saturday, October 24


Exhibit Break


Coffee Break

Sponsored by CareDX


Mental Health Panel

Gemma Edwards, BSc (Hons)


Patient Panel


Product Theater

Sponsored by Veloxis


A Year in Review: Challenges and Effects of New Cardia Transplant Allocation System



Lunch Symposium

Sponsored by Natera

Sunday, October 25


Exhibit Break


More than a feeling: The brain gut microbiome axis and solid organ transplantation

Genomics Presentation

Mark Lockwood, PhD MSN RN


International Panel


Closing Reception

Sponsored by Natera

Pre-Recorded Sessions

Pharmacology 101 Pre-Conference

Laura Lourenco, PharmD BCPS
*Pre-conference events have an additional cost and require registration

Preventing Clabsis in the Transplant Unit

Karena Andrion, MSN RN CCTN

To Assess the Success of a Focus Transplant Diabetic Clinical Nurse Specialist within a Renal Service

Mahalia Joy Casabar-Licayan, RGN

The Battle is Real: Graft Versus Host Disease in Solid Organ Translplantation


Pregnancy after Kidney Transplantation

Lisa Coscia, BSN RN CCTC

Cognitive Function in Liver Transplant Recipients

Dami Ko, PhD RN

Best Practices for Undergraduate Community Health Nursing Students to Implement a Wellness Health Fair to Outpatient Kidney Transplant Recipients

Tara O'Brien, PhD RN CNE

Evaluation of Ureteric Stent Removal Post Renal Transplant by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Compared to Remobals Undertaken by Clinician

Clare Whittaker, RN

Giving it Our Best Shot – Promoting Immunizations in Solid Organ Transplantation

Stacy Al-Saleh, BSN RN CCTC

The Value and Importance of Human Connection through LVAD Adaptation

Brittany Rhoades, MSN APRN CCTN

Let's Talk About Sex in Transplant Medicine


Part 1: Successfully Submitting an Abstract for the ITNS Symposium: You Can Do It!

Sandra Cupples, PhD RN FAAN

Part 2: Successfully Submitting an Abstract for the ITNS Symposium: Brainstorming and Editing Workshop/Round Tables

Sandra Cupples, PhD RN FAAN

Consideration in Transplant Candidacy: What Would You Do When You See Red Flags?


Incidence of Biliary Complications Post Living Donor Liver Transplant

Tracey Releigh, RN CCTC

Finding a Unified Mission Amongst Local Community Transplant Groups: Greater Cleveland Transplant Collaboration (GCTC)

Christine Shay-Downer, MBA BSN RN CCTC

Transplant Updates – A New Decade: Keeping RN's Engaged in Annual Transplant Education

Shane Fulkerson, MSN

The Yellow Brick Road to Kidney Donation: The Journey of a Living Donor

Angele Lacks, BSN CCTC

Homegrown – Inhouse Education and its Effect on Staff Retention

William Kaveney, MSN

Challenges, Risk, Factors, and Predictors for Alcohol Recidivism in Liver Transplant Patients

Krystal Nava, BSN RN CCTC

They're Here! Working with Generation Z in the Nursing Workforce: What You Need to Know

Sandra Cupples, PhD RN FAAN

Assessing Knowledge and Identifying Gaps in Perception among Young Adult Heart Transplant Patients and Healthcare Practitioners

Michael Lee, BHSc

Weight Gain after Kidney Transplantation: Who is at Risk?

Marjo Van Helden, RN M-ANP

Axillary Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps: The New Approach and Bridge to Heart Transplant

Jessica Daniels, MSN RN CCTC CCRN

Lessons Learned: Single Center Experience with Uterine Transplant


Belatacept Monthly Therapy: Transplant Recipients' Experience

Susan Little, BSN RN CCTC

Developing Frontline Nurse Leaders: A Tailored Evidence-Based Charge Nurse Education Program

Monica Ramirez, PhD RN

A Novel Approach to Practice: The Training Pathway for Ureteric Stent Removal Post Renal Transplant by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Using a Disposable Ureteric Stent Removal Device

Clare Whittaker, BSc Hons MSc ANP RN

Improvement in Laparoscopic Living Donor Outcomes on a Medical Surgical Unit after Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Pathway

Christine Joyce, RN

Streamlining Post-Operative Liver Transplant Care: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Quality Improvement

Hannah Hodges, BSN RN CCTN

Exploring the Challenges of Working with International Nurses in Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit

Daliya Thomas, BSc (Hon) RN