ITNS-Upper Midwest Heartland Chapter

Welcome to our website for the Upper Midwest Heartland Chapter!
We are a local ITNS chapter in Minnesota. We offer educational meetings generally 3 times a year that have exciting presentations about transplant issues which are a great way to earn CEPTCs (which can be used for CEUs for staff nurses in MN). These meetings are a great way to connect with other transplant nurses, coordinators and staff. Our meetings are about having an evening out with colleagues, interesting presentations and a good meal. We would love to have you join us, so check out a meeting today!

Upper Midwest Heartland Chapter Well Represented in Chicago
Several of our members attended the annual ITNS Symposium, Transplant Nursing: A Journey to the Top, June 13 & 14, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Among those present were poster presenters Sarah Bologna, Britta Hirsch, Jessica Hodge and Meghan Lavelle Peterson. Podium presenters included Sarah Bologna, Tera Gross (past Chapter President), Alison Heil (Membership Secretary), and Michelle James.


Greetings Members,
The Upper Midwest Heartland Chapter of ITNS has a great year of educational opportunities planned. We would like to invite you to join us – please see the ‘Upcoming Meetings’ section of this page (menu to the right) to see more information on dates and locations for these scheduled evening events.

The 2015 ITNS Summer Symposium, Transplant Nursing: A Journey to the Top, will be held in Chicago, IL June 13-14. If you are planning to attend, please select ‘Chapter Challenge’ when registering and enter our local chapter name. Early registration deadline is May 4th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local ITNS Chapter Board Member.

We hope you will mark your calendars and join us.


Linda Kazmierczak, President

Jennifer Hoiem, President-Elect

Lynette Fix, Treasurer

Marianne Salsberg, Secretary

Alison Heil, Membership Secretary

Thank You Melissa!
As a Chapter, we would like to say Thank You to our outgoing President, Melissa Bitz. We appreciate all our hard work over the past year! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

2014 ITNS Symposium – Houston

Symposium Attendees

Local Chapter Members and fellow Minnesotans attended the recent ITNS Symposium in Houston, Texas. Tera Gross, Alison Heil, Michelle James, and Megan Lavaty – members of our Local Chapter – presented at the symposium.