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The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) 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.an transplant patients.

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.

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2020 ITNS Annual Meeting Abtract Submissions

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The ITNS Annual Meeting Planning Commmittee invites abstract applications to present at the 2020 ITNS Annual Meeting from October 22 - 25, 2020 in Rosemont, IL, USA. You're invited to submit an abstract on various topics, including; but not limited to:

  • Patient Safety/Quality/Outcomes
  • Pharmacology
  • Living Donor
  • Liver/Small Bowl
  • Career Pathway and Development
  • Staff Nurse
  • Organ Procurement/Donation
  • Young Professional
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Pediatrics
  • Developing Your Transplant Nursing Workforce
  • Operational Excellence Case Studies
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovative Practices

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM (CST USA). Late submissions will not be accepted and there will be no exceptions. 

Submission Requirements

By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following stipulations if the abstract is chosen:IMG 6155
  • 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, and abstract text, etc. Any unblinded abstracts will be immediately disqualified.
  • Each section of the abstract submission form must have a completed entry. 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, speakers, and co-authors prior to submission.
  • All conference registration, travel, and hotel costs are paid by the presenter(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
  • The main presenter 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.
  • The main presenter acknowledges access to the following audio-visual aids for the presentation: scree, podium microphone, projection unit, and laptop.
  • 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, and 3) Comply with HIPAA regulations - United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Other Submission Acceptance Notices:

  • There is no limit to the amount of abstracts a person may submit, but the Annual Meeting Planning Committee will only accept a maximum of two (2) abstracts from a single person listed as the main presenter or poster presenter, regardless of the format of the abstract (podium presentation or poster presentation).

  • If you accept your invitation to present your abstract and later withdraw, the author will not be considered for abstract selection for two years. 

Session Descriptions

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 Q&A. 

Poster Presentation: 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 of research, QI, education, or leadership findings by an individual or representatives of a team.

Pre-Conference: A 2 or 4 hour session presentation of a topic that consists of lecture/discussions. Authors must be willing to modify the content to fit the appropriate format. This session will be delivered on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Expertise Levels

When submitting an abstract, please classify the 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 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).

Presenter Titles

Main Presenter: Is the main presenter of a submitted abstract and will attend the meeting and present.

Co-Presenter: Are individuals who will be attending the meeting and will be presenting with the main presenter.

Poster Presenter: Is the main poster presenter of a submitted abstract and will attend the meeting, set up, and present the poster.

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.


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ITNS Calendar of Events

ITNS is happy to promote ITNS Chapter related events for free of charge. External events may be posted on this page using the calendar posting order form.

The following guidelines apply when submitting a calendar posting:

  • Calendar listings may include a link to additional promotional content.
  • The fact that an event has appeared on the ITNS calendar may not be referred to in collateral advertising.
  • ITNS retains the right to decline any submitted calendar of events listing, discontinue the posting of any event/s, and decline to link with another site or to remove links to other Web sites.
  • Allow 10 working days from the date the complete order is received by the ITNS office.
  • ITNS has a 60-Day Blackout Period. This is inclusive of any listings during the following time frames (30 days prior to or following the Annual ITNS Symposium).
  • Fee is $60 for a regular posting and $70 with logo

ITNS Chapter Events

ITNS Chapters can post their events here on the calendar for free. Email your chapter event information to info@itns.org

ITNS WIWisconsin Chapter Transplant Symposium
Saturday, September 14, 2019
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

EPIC Campus
Delphi Conference Room, Andromeda Building
1979 Milky Way
Verona, WI 53593

Registration is required: Please register by September 6, 2019.
Limited registration items will be available 9/14/19.

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ITNS WIWisconsin Chapter Transplant Symposium
Saturday, October 19, 2019
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aurora Conference Center
2920 W. Dakota St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Registration is required: Please register by October 11, 2019.
Limited registration items will be available 10/19/19.

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Transplant Education Events

Want to see your transplant event on the calendar? Complete and return the calendar posting order form.

Duke2019 Duke Transplant Advanced Practice Provider Bootcamp and Solid Organ Transplant Summit
October 18-19, 2019

The Duke Transplant Advanced Practice Provider Bootcamp is an intensive course that incorporates didactic and hands-on education for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the field of solid organ transplantation. This educational program is designed to facilitate the APP’s role in perioperative management and improve competency in pertinent procedures.

The Duke Solid Organ Transplant Summit is affordable, accessible and tailored to meet the demands of the entire care team for transplant patients including surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, advanced practice providers, nurses and pharmacists.

Location: Duke University, School of Medicine
Email: Rita L. Chambers, MBA, MSL <rita.chambers@duke.edu>
Website: https://surgery.duke.edu/2019-transplant


ITNS Awards

Transplant Nurses Day Award
The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Transplant Nursing Excellence Award
The Transplant Nursing Excellence Award recognizes a nurse involved in the care of transplant patients who reflects the ITNS mission and values of education, research, and clinical excellence.

Friend of Transplant Nursing Award
The Friend of Transplant Nursing Award recognizes an individual outside the nursing profession who has supported the efforts of ITNS and made an impact in the field of transplant nursing.

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2019 Transplant Nurses Day Award Winner
Stacia Hays, DNP CPNP CCTC
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2018 Transplant Nursing Excellence Award Winner
Susan E.N. Little, RN BSN CCTC
WEB Susan Little
2018 Friend of Transplant Nursing Award Winner
Yolanda T. Becker, MD
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