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LindaOhler1Keynote Address: Reflections of Transplant Nursing Excellence
Linda Ohler, MSN RN CCTC FAAN FAST, quality and regulatory manager, George Washington University

Looking back over the years since the first successful kidney transplant was performed at the Brigham Hospital in Boston in 1954, liver transplants at the University of Colorado beginning in 1964, followed by heart transplants in 1967 and lungs in 1980s, it is interesting to reflect on how nursing has evolved in caring for this challenging population. Transplant nurses have designed flow sheets for monitoring patients, developed patient education on the transplant process from pretransplant to long-term follow-up, and collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to ensure patient safety and improve long-term outcomes. Nursing research has provided us with outcomes in quality of life for transplant candidates and recipients and has increased our awareness of caregiver burden. International collaboration with ITNS nurses has identified methods to improve adherence with the complexities of long-term, follow-up care. This presentation will describe the contributions of transplant nurses that have led to our recognition for excellence in patient safety and the impact we continue to have on outcomes.

Ethics Panel

Join us for a lively presentation and discussion of ethical principles as applied to aspects of transplant care. This session is designed to provide context to the complexity of ethical decision making in our practice and enhance our understanding of ethical dilemmas in transplantation.

Susan Forbes HeadshotCommunicating a Consistent Message During a Crisis
Susan Forbes, vice president, marketing and communications, OneBlood
Louise Philp, patient care administrator, Orlando Regional Medical Center

In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, an unprecedented number of people responded by donating blood. Go behind-the-scenes of OneBlood, the local blood center, and see how the center managed a massive surge in donations, why having a ready blood
supply is so vital to every community, how the blood needs were met that fateful night, and the importance of having a consistent message in the midst of a crisis.




ascher2012Transplantation Challenges: Problems and Solutions from Around the World
Nancy Ascher, MD PhD, professor of surgery, division of transplant surgery, University of California–San Francisco
President, The Transplantation Society

Join us for an informative presentation by the current President of The Transplantation Society, Nancy Ascher, MD PhD, as she guides us in exploring current global challenges in the field of transplantation and strategies from international colleagues to address these complex