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About Us

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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20180928 202419Opening Reception

Friday, 15 November from 17:30-18:30
Join us at the Opening Reception to enjoy drinks and appetizers as you visit the exhibitors and view the posters!

 

Hospital Tour

Friday, 15 November from 12:30-16:00

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Non-CE Lunch Symposium Supported by Care DX

Sunday, 17 November from 12:00-13:15
Novel, Non-Invasive Surveillance Testing for Transplant Recipients
Supported by: CareDx

Non-invasive biomarkers to assess for active organ injury in the transplant patient is one of the unmet needs in long-term surveillance.  Current assessment via functional markers may not assess active injury or often don’t become elevated until irreversible damage has occurred.  Donor-derived, cell-free DNA (AlloSure) is available now to the transplant community to address this need.  Please join Dr. Sandra Carey, PhD, MPH, CCRN, ANP-BC, FHFSA, from Baylor-Scott & White at the ITNS lunch symposium to explore this topic further.

 

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PreSymposium

IMG 4623Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC) and Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN) Review Course
Thursday, 14 November
07:00-17:30
10.5 contact hours

This one-day, face-to-face CCTC and CCTN review course, presented by Sandra Cupples, PhD, RN, FAAN and Linda Ohler, RN, MSN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST, is a comprehensive program for transplant nurses preparing for the CCTC or CCTN examinations. Based on the American Board for Transplant Certification’s test blueprints and the 2nd edition of the Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses, this course includes general transplantation and organ-specific topics as well as information on test-taking strategies. Participants will earn 10.5 CEUs and CEPTCs.

Transplant Immunology 101: From Candidates to Recipients
Friday, 15 November
08:00-12:00
4 contact hours

Let’s face it. Our patients are diverse. And what makes caring for this patient population even more complex is understanding the immune system and what happens when we try to suppress it to prevent rejection of a new organ or tissue. This class will introduce you to the immune system from the basics, starting with T cells, B cells, macrophages, cytokines, and demonstrate how these cells communicate with each other. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate concepts being discussed in this session to help you better understand the care for our transplant patients from candidates to recipients.

Pharmacology for Transplant Nurses
Friday, 15 November
08:00-17:00
8 contact hours

This session will be presented by a group of transplant pharmacists from Orlando and Tampa, Florida. This 8-hour session will address topics of interest to post transplant coordinators, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants who work directly with our post-transplant population. Topics for this session will cover approaches for managing and treating antibody mediated rejection, antiviral therapies, management and prevention of post-transplant malignancies, managing hepatitis in donors and recipients as well as providing us with the newest information on immunomodulating agents.

Genomics 101
Friday, 15 November
13:00-17:00
4 contact hours

The genomics or ‘omics’ revolution in healthcare is here. Are you ready? Advancements in genomics, the microbiome, and a growing list of emerging fields that comprise the ‘omics’ revolution are rapidly shifting the current paradigm of patient care and leading us closer individualized health including targeted genetic drug therapies. Utilizing an interactive case study approach, participants will apply the immunogenetic and genomic concepts to transplantation.

 

 

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Featured Speakers

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Keynote Address

Bernice Coleman, PhD ACNP-BC FAHA FAAN

Omics and Transplantation: A Paradigm Shift in Transplant Nursing – Are We Ready?

Understanding interplay between donor and recipient HLA and immune function remains foundational to the medications we give, treatment(s) we monitor and manage. This talk will describe Omics science in transplantation within the context of donor and recipient genomes. Data will be presented from the ITNS nursing genomic survey with discussion for next steps.

Invited Panel Session

Dr. Giuseppe Orlando, MD PhD

Transplant Medicine in the XXI Century: A Traditionally Immunology-Based Discipline Destined to Become Regenerative Medicine-Based

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The lecture will briefly summarize the state of the art research aimed at bridging regenerative medicine to transplant medicine. The preliminary results of a pilot study conducted in recipients of AKI and DCD renal allografts, whereby gene expression in the peripheral blood is used to understand the molecular pathways that underlie adaptive repair, will also be presented.

 

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
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2018 Friend of Transplant Nursing Award Winner
Yolanda T. Becker, MD
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