International Transplant Nurses Society

Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter


DFW ITNS is committed to the promotion of excellence
in transplant clinical nursing through the provision
of educational and professional growth opportunities,
interdisciplinary networking, collaborative
activities, and transplant nursing research.  We
promote the field of transplant nursing within our
individual transplant centers and throughout this
geographical region.


To provide a network for the communication among
professional nurses with a focus and commitment to

To provide a means of continuing education for
professional nurses with a focus in transplant nursing.

To examine new trends in all types of transplant
as it effects patient care and the clinical and
functional role of the nurse.

To promote and support research in the field of
transplant nursing.

To distribute the results of scientific
investigations among professionals interested in the
area of transplantation.

To foster an awareness of ongoing ethical
considerations in the areas of procurement, living
donations, and recipient selection.

To do all else that is necessary and proper for
the accomplishment of all of the forgoing or other
proper and lawful purposes and objectives of the

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Vote Yvette Chapman ITNS 2015-2016 Director at Large

ITNS 2015 Election now open!

The ballot is now open and will close on Friday June 26th.

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Yvette M. Chapman, RN BSN CCTC

Dallas, Texas, United States

Education: BS in Biology from Louisiana State University, ADN from University of Arkansas, BSN from South University and currently completing a Master’s in Nursing from South University

Awards/Honors: Outstanding Academia in Nursing from University of Arkansas

Clinical Expertise: I worked as a registered Nurse in the transplant unit for Methodist Dallas Medical Center before taking a position as transplant coordinator for the Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. While there I served as the senior transplant coordinator for 3 years. Next, I had the opportunity to open a new transplant nephrology practice for Dallas Nephrology Associates where I served as the office practice manager and transplant coordinator. Currently, I am the Director of Quality and Risk Management for Southwest Transplant Alliance, which is one of 3 Organ Procurement Organizations in Texas.


My vision for transplant nursing is to continually improve the lives of our patients, families, and communities by providing quality holistic care throughout the transplantation process. In order to accomplish this we must educate ourselves in the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that may result in organ and tissue transplantation as well as engage in research that expands our clinical knowledge. Through our partnership with other multidisciplinary health team members we can foster open communication to ensure the maintenance of optimal physical and psychological care for the patient and family. Transplant nursing professionals should commit to a shared leadership model that encourages all staff nurses to be actively involved in setting the clinical policies and procedures for their unit. Ultimately, my vision is to foster and facilitate a collaborative environment for transplant health professionals to provide the highest attainable level of patient care.


My vision for ITNS is that we will promote and provide current information and education to nurses and health professionals interested in the transplant field and associated areas. Also we should continue develop a network of members with common interests in transplantation, to discuss and explore professional and ethical issues. ITNS should focus on encouraging and promoting research, continuing education and the dissemination of information as well as responding to issues affecting the practice of organ and tissue transplantation. As a multi-disciplinary resource group, ITNS is the perfect venue for providing a professional forum for exchange of knowledge through the publication of case studies, donor management issues, international papers, and clinical practice issues of interest.


As the Director of Quality at Southwest Transplant Alliance, I created a new QAPI program which is vital to our regulatory compliance. This QAPI has created an opportunity for process improvements throughout our organization which ultimately impacts the organ donation process by providing higher quality organs for transplant and honors the donor's gift of life.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions

I have served on the local ITNS board for 6 years. During my tenure we have increased our chapter membership by 25%. Part of this was a direct result of updating our website and designing and implementing social network sites to bring the face of ITNS the to Dallas-Fort Worth community

Earlier Event: June 13
ITNS Summer Symposium
Later Event: March 3
NATCO CCTC Review Course