2021 Annual Meeting Schedule

Thursday, September 9

8 - 10 am
Leadership Preconference
Laura Taylor, PhD RN ANEF FAAN and Stacia M. Hays, DNP, APRN, CNE, CCTC, FAANP
Recognizing and growing your leader skill set is needed today more than ever before. Dr. Taylor is an educator, transplant researcher, and small business owner who has mentored and guided hundreds of nurses with her award-winning professional development program, GuIDE to Degree, LLC (www.guidetodegree.com) Currently a Professor at the Uniformed Services University, Dr. Taylor ‘s distinctive Ready to Launch program is crafted to support military healthcare providers around the world integrate concepts of military officership & operational readiness with professional development. Join us to uncover 5 essential best practices that successful leaders put into action every day – and learn how you can put them into action immediately!

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Immunology Preconference
Peter Lalli, PhD
After attending this immunology session, participants will be able to become familiar with basic concepts in transplant immunology, recognize what an HLA protein is, identify the three major types of graft rejection, learn the different types of antibody testing performed in the HLA laboratory, and understand how the virtual crossmatch is performed and the limitations to using it.

1 - 5 pm 
Pharmacology Preconference
This 4-hour pharmacology pre-conference event organized by Maria Molina, ACMP CCRN CRNP MSN, will help attendees describe transplant pharmacogenetics in clinical practice, review basic immunogenetics for transplant science, and discuss implications of genomics in transplantation.

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Opening Reception

Friday, September 10

8 - 8:45 am
Keynote Address | Medication Adherence Interventions in Transplantation: How to Implement Findings in Real-World Settings?

Sabina De Geest, PhD RN FAAN FRCN FEANS 

9 - 9:30 am
Decoding Digital Health Technology for Transplant Nurses
Stacy Al-Saleh, RN CCTC
Trans-COVID-19 Multi-Center Registry of Cardia Transplant Patients in the United States with Confirmed COVID-19 and Impact to Transplant Medicine
Susan Chambers, CRNP; Angela Wang, MSN
Lessons Learned: Single Center Experience with Uterine Transplant
Renee Bennett, BSN MSN CCTC CCTN CNOR RN; Debra Priebe, RN BSN CCTC

9:45 - 10:45 am
Exhibitor/Poster Break

11 - 11:30 am
Pregnancy Outcomes after Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation
Lisa Coscia, BSN CCTC RN
The Road to Transplant Excellence: The Perfect Trifecta on the Pediatric Acute Care Unit
Stacey Cote, CPN MSN; Paula Eicker, MSN NEA-BC
The Battle is Real: Graft Versus Host Disease in Solid Organ Transplantation

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
TeleHealth in Organ Transplant Practices: Helping Transplant Programs through COVID-19 and Beyond
Sara Geatrakas, MSN RN CCTC; Robert Sosnicki, MSN ANP-BC RN CCTC; Ritu Chib-Eiven, LCSW; Joanna Gundrum, BSN RN CCTC
A Patient-Driven Web-Based Initiative to Improve Education about Post-Transplant Cancer Risk, Prevention, and Treatment
James Gleason, MS
To Assess the Success of a Focus Transplant Diabetic Clinical Nurse Specialist within a Renal Service
Mahalia Joy Casabar-Licayan, RGN; Clare Whittaker, RN; Dorcas Mukuba, RN

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Lunch/Exhibit Break

1:30 - 2:30 pm
Ethics Panel

2:45 - 3:15 pm
Varying Presentations and Management of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) in Transplant Medicine
Emily Grubb, MS PA-C
Decoding EBP: As Easy as 1-2-3!
Stacia Hays, DNP CPNP-PC CCTC, FAANP; Laura Taylor, PhD RN ANEF FAAN; Khalilah McCants, DNP MSN RN-BC
Axillary Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps: The New Approach and Bridge to Heart Transplant
Jessica Daniels, CCRN CCTC MSN RN

3:30 - 4 pm
Tacrolimus Induced Acquired Thrombotic Microanigiopathy and Role of ADAMTS13 Deficiency
Mariadil Kannadan, BSN RN; Tyesha Cusack, BSN RN
Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Burden and the Implications
Joan La Joie, CRNP; Meredith Barnes, MSN CRNP, Nancy Cash
Streamlining Post-Operative Liver Transplant Care: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Quality Improvement
Hannah Hodges, RN

4:15 - 4:45 pm
The Effects of a Comprehensive Nursing Intervention based on Health Belief Model on Improving the Adherence of Immunosuppressive Medication in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Hongxia Liu, PhD RN; Shasha Wang, BSN; Fucong Peng
Rapamycin Pharmacokinetics and Thromboprophylaxis in Transplant Medicine
Lauren Marsteller, CRNP
Cognitive Function in Liver Transplant Recipients
Dami Ko; Sheila Ridner, PhD RN

5 - 5:30 pm
A Novel Multidisciplinary Approach to the Outpatient Management of Elevated Liver Function Tests (LFTs) in Liver Transplant Recipients
Katherine Meneses, RN MSN FNP-CCTC
Reaching Out and Over the State to Break Down Barriers with Transplant Outreach
Michelle Meyer, BSN RN CCTC
Belatacept Monthly Therapy: Transplant Recipients' Experience
Susan Little, RN BSN CCTC; Elise Arsenault Knudsen, ACNS-BC PhD RN; Dider Mandelbrot, MD

Saturday, September 11

8 - 9:30 am
Patient Session 

9:45 - 10:15 am
Categorized and Standardized Treatment Options for Cytomegalovirus Infections
Melissa Burke
Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Training a Research Team and Teaching Kidney Transplant Recipients How to Use a Mobile Health Application for Dietary Intake and Physical Activity
Tara O'Brien, PhD RN
Incidence of Biliary Complications Post Living Donor Liver Transplant
Tracey Raleigh, RN CCTC; Katie Brigden, BSN RN; Donna Ferchill; Mary Nikolic, RN CCTC; Katey Hellickson, RN BSN CCTC; Gretchen Garibaldi

10:30 - 11:30 am
Poster Break

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) in Patients with COVID-19: Pre- and Post-Transplant Outcomes, Conundrum, and Considerations
Lizabeth Piel, ACNP; Demetra Zalman, MSN CRNP
A Rare Case of Cytomegalovirus and Parvovirus B-19 Co-Infection after Transplantation
Ylenia Quiaoit, DNP CRNP-BC
Exploring the Challenges of Working with International Nurses in Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit
Daliya Thomas, RN BSc (Hon); Sheeba Joseph, BSC; Ashi Firouzi, BScN MSc

12:15 - 1:15 pm

1:30 - 2:30 pm
International Panel

2:45 - 3:15 pm
Examination of the Relation between Physical Activity Levels and Severity of Fatigue, Perceived Social Support Levels, and the Quality of Live in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Yaprak Sarigol Ordin; Fatma Demir Korkmaz; Tugce Yesilyaprak, PhD; Eda Ayten Kankaya
Cytopenias after Solid Organ Transplantation: A Primer for Clinicians
Ylenia Quiaoit, DNP CRNP-BC
A Workshop to Improve Team Cohesion and Communication among Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinators: An Exploratory Qualitative Study
Vanessa Silva E Silva

3:30 - 4 pm
Reduction in Medication Errors at Discharge in the Transplant Population
Elizabeth Perez-Ngai, BSN; Aileen Paredes, BSN RN
Weight Gain after Kidney Transplantation: Who is at Risk?
Marjo Van Helden, RN M-ANP
Triad of Kearns-Sayre Syndrome (KSS): Evaluation, Treatment, and Future Direction
Socorro Smigo, BSN RN CCRN CCTN

4:15 - 4:45 pm
Improving Morale during a Global Pandemic: The Creation of a Peer Support Committee on a Transplant Unit to Reduce Burnout
Samantha Streepy, MSN RN; Jasmine Heidari, MSN RN
Organ Donation following Medical Assistance in Dying: A Scoping Review Protocol
Vanessa Silva E Silva
Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) of the Mitochondrial DNA Genome
Sandhra Thekkumthala, ACNP

Sunday, September 12

8 - 8:30 am
Membership Assembly

8:45 - 9:45 am
Bariatric Surgery to Improve Patient's Candidacy for Listing/Post Transplant Weight Management
Seth Waits, MD

10 - 10:30 am
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, RN
Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) in Heart Transplant: First-Person Experience in the Procurement Process
Mimi Yoshisaki-Buenvenida, RN MSN CCTC
Long-Term Longitudinal Follow-Up Using Steroid-Free Maintenance Immunosuppression Using Alemtuzumab in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Eileen Swartz, BSN RN CCTC

10:45 - 11:15 am
Evaluation of Ureteric Stent Removal Post Renal Transplant by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Compared to Removals Undertaken by Clinician
Clare Whittaker, RN
21st Century Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Education
Emily Tsao, MSN CRNP

11:30 am - 12 pm
Educating through a Pandemic: Thinking Outside the Box to Create a New Normal
Clarissa Welbaum, APRN CCTN MSN RN
The Heart Goes On: Behind the Scenes on How the Organ is Placed from a Donor to its Intended Recipients
Mimi Yoshisaki-Buenvenida, RN MSN CCTC

12 pm
Meeting Adjourns