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Colorado Transplant Nurses Society (CTNS)

Colorado Transplant Nurses Society

Professional Nursing Group

Colorado Transplant Nurses Society was organized to enhance the professional and social development of transplant nurses in the state of Colorado. It provides educational offerings quarterly for its members and other transplant professionals. We engage in networking to promote increased learning and advancement in organ transplantation.

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Membership (

CTNS Email List Serve Form

CTNS Membership Dues

Upcoming Events

  • July 2024 CTNS Dinner
    July 2024 CTNS Dinner
    Wed, Jul 10
    240 Union Restaurant
    Jul 10, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228, USA
    Jul 10, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228, USA
    Dr. Wiseman will present on PTLD. Our event is sponsored by Salix and the speaker will be Christina Hanson NP. Please complete 2-part registration- 1. Finish this registration document 2. Complete sponsor registration at link below

Suns out and summer is here!

Transplant news- Donate Life month & Donor Dash

Donate Life Month

CTNS provided baskets to all our amazing hospitals. We hope you enjoyed a goodie/snack. We value your hard work to care for the transplant patients in Colorado. Thank you!!!!

Donor Dash

Donor Dash is coming! Saturday, July 21st, 2024

This is a great event. Registration link below

Donor Dash - Donor Alliance

Advanced Concepts in Transplantation Symposium

Come join UCHealth's annual all day symposium discussing transplant topics. It is 7 ABTC CEs and is free (must attend full symposium). Friday, September 20, 2024 0800-1600. UCHealth employees register through ULearn and all others contact to register

Increasing Dinner Rates for non-members & alcohol rules

The board has voted to increase the dinner rate for non-members of CTNS starting for the January 2024 meeting. The cost will now be $15 for each dinner for a non-member. The CTNS membership rate will remain the same, $25 per year. We will be keeping the member dinner rate the same as well, $5 per dinner. If not a member, please consider becoming one! Anyone can join. These are great values for the meetings we are able to provide with dinner, drink, and a CE.

**Pharmacy reps are no longer covering alcohol for our dinners, the CTNS dinner ticket will cover dinner, 1 drink, and a CE. All other alcohol will be purchased by individuals.**


2024 Upcoming Speaker Topics

2024/2025 is looking bright for all our centers and we are excited to provide some great topics for the year!

  • PTLD

  • Liver recipient/MD experiences

  • Cardiac

  • ABO incompatibility

Be on the lookout for more specific information and the speakers that will be presenting.


Welcome New Treasurer, Kathy Lahr

Our Beloved Kathy Orban-Eller, current CTNS Treasurer for many, many years will be retiring from nursing. Kathy Lahr, UCHealth Kidney Coordinator, will be our new treasurer starting in 2025. Thank you Kathy for volunteering to join the board.

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Future Educational Offerings


Advanced Concepts In TX Symposium 2024

Friday, September 20th, 2024 0800-1600                         Leprino room 620

For registered nurses and other healthcare providers who currently work with organ transplant recipients and donors and desire to learn more about advanced topics surrounding the care before, during, and after transplantation.

ITNS Conference 2024


CTNS would like to pay for an active CTNS member to attend the ITNS conference. We will be sharing more details as ITNS provides details about the Symposium,

Past CTNS Events

April 2024 Meeting

April 10, 2024

Shereena Slyvester presented on Sexual Health in Transplant.

January 2024 Meeting

January 31, 2024

Dr. Pshak presented on his experience learning robotic surgery techniques in the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

October 2023 Meeting

Octoberl 11, 2023

Opioid Crisis in Transplant and a Transplant Panel

July 2023 Meeting

Julyl 12, 2023

Dr. Yanik Bababekov presented on Normothermic Regional Perfusion (NPR) and the advanced techniques of increasing the donor pool population in cardiac death donors. He discussed surgical techniques and the outcomes for the transplant centers using this innovative procedure.

April 2023 Meeting

April 12, 2023

AlloSource provided a wonderful tour of their facility where they are one of the largest tissue donation centers in the United States.  We learned the amazing impact they provide to the donation process and heard a speaker share their personal story on donation. 

January 2023 Meeting

January 11, 2023

Angela Miskolci will present on "The Transgender Living Donor: Acknowledgement, Acceptance, and Challenges"

October 2022 Meeting

October 12, 2022

Sanofi is hosting at Maggiano's in the Denver Tech Center. Dr. Shahib will present on "Frailty and Kidney Transplant" and Gladiz Martinez presented on UCHealth's Transplant Hispanic Clinic Development.

July 2022 Meeting

July 13th, 2022


Julie Gibson, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Medical Science Liason, Natera

Educational presentation introducing Renasight, a kidney gene panel for patients who have been diagnosed with or who have a family history of CKD.  Leveraging next-generation sequencing on more than 380 genes associated with monogenic disorders linked to CKD. (.5 CEs)


Dr. Bock

Children's Hospital

Dr. Bock will present on CAKUT ( Congenital Anomolies of the Kidneys and Urinary Tract). (1 CE)

April 2022 Meeting

April 13, 2022

Dr. JP Novel and Heather Kunselman presented their Quality improvement project on the Early Initiation of Palliative Care in emergent inpatient liver transplant evaluations. This project has had positive clinical outcomes, but more importantly increased the impact of goal concordant care for patients and families.

About CTNS

The Colorado Transplant Nurses Society, Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society is committed to the promotion of excellence in clinical transplant nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities, interdisciplinary networking, collaborative activities and nursing research

Our goals are:

A. To provide a network for communication among nurses and associated transplant professionals with a focus and commitment to transplantation.

B. To provide a means of continuing education for nurses and associated transplant professionals with a focus in transplant nursing.

C. To examine trends in all types of transplantation affecting patient care and role of the transplant professional.

D. To promote and support research in transplant nursing.

E. To discuss the results of scientific investigations among

nurses and associated transplant professionals.

F. To foster an awareness of ongoing ethical considerations in procurement, donation, and recipient selection.

G. To maintain fiscal responsibility and establish financial stability in order to support the objectives of the Colorado Transplant Nurses Society Chapter and the International Society.

H. To do all that is necessary and proper for the accomplishment of all of the foregoing or other proper and lawful purposes and objectives of the Society.20


Transplant Hospitals

Children's Hospital

When transplantation is the best option for your child to have as healthy a life as possible, the experts at Children's Hospital Colorado are here to help. Our transplant program has been changing lives for 25 years. We have the only pediatric transplant program in the region with this magnitude of experience and expertise. Our unique multidisciplinary approach to care offers patients excellent outcomes and hope for a better, healthier life.  We achieve some of the best outcomes in the nation by working with every medical and surgical specialty in the hospital to reimagine children’s lives.

Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital

HealthONE has adopted a shared mission, values and standards of behavior that brings out the best in us individually and collectively.

We offer these as principles for all of us to live by every day, use in all our decisions, and to guide our daily behavior.


Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.


  • Integrity – We do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

  • Compassion – We are empathetic to the needs of others and sympathize with their situation.

  • Accountability – We take ownership for how actions impact outcomes.

  • Respect – We value others and embrace diversity.

  • Excellence – We take personal pride in exceeding expectations.

Porter Hospital

Porter's Mission:

We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nuturing the health of the people in our communities.

‘Centura transplant provides long-term personalized transplant care in partnership with our community, where patient care comes first.’


  1. Engage in productive conflict

  2. Be compassionately candid

  3. Put out the spark before it becomes a fire

  4. Assume the best intentions


UCHealth's is mission is to improve lives. In big ways through learning, healing and discovery. In small, personal ways through human connection. But in all ways, we improve lives. The Transplant Program at UCHealth is committed to becoming the largest and best in the region for organ transplantation. We provide transplant care for heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas patients. We also have a robust living donor program for liver and kidney and our goal is to have the recipient and donor live the best and longest life possible.

                                              "The only gift is a portion of thyself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


President: Angela Miskolci, UCHealth-

President Elect: Shereena Sylvester,

Treasurer: Kathy Orban, UCHealth-

Secretary: Heather Kunselman, UCHealth-

PSL Rep: Kelly Redmond,

Porter Rep: Sarah Ashton Brantley,

Childrens's Rep: Adrianne Sikora, Childrens-

Education Rep: Heather Kunselman, UCHealth-

Aesthetics Rep: Beth Guyon:

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