Lecia Snell Kinen

Manager, Heart Transplant Program
Children’s Nebraska
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Brief Bio

Lecia Snell Kinen is the Clinical Program Coordinator for the heart and lung transplant programs at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.  She has over 20 years of experience in abdominal and thoracic organ transplantation having served in various nursing roles throughout her career.  She is an established transplant nursing educator and consultant.  Lecia has served as past Education Director for the International Transplant Nursing Society (ITNS).  She is currently a member of the 2022 Transplant-Focused Webinar faculty for the Transplant Alliance. Lecia has presented on various transplant related topics both nationally and internationally.  She has published in peer reviewed journals and is co-author of a chapter in transplant related textbook

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Alliance Presentations

Rejection Surveillance

The Use of cf-DNA Testing for Rejection Surveillance in Heart Transplantation

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 2:00pm

Until the past few years, several routine surveillance biopsies were needed for all patients following heart transplantation.  Today, the use of cf-DNA testing has made frequent surveillance biopsies a thing of the past.  This presentation will discuss one center’s journey and their results to significantly lower the number of post-heart transplant biopsies during the first year.

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The Power of Words: What’s the Difference?

Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 2:00pm

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The sessions encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: The transplant process is stressful for donor families, patients, and caregivers. It can often elicit a stress response that can significantly affect rational thought and decision making. While healthcare providers always have best intentions to help donor families, patients, and caregivers through the process, sometimes the actual impact of the way we communicate can intensify the stress response. To truly influence the impact, it is important to create an environment that promotes open and authentic communication. This panel discussion will focus on why word selection and empathic communication strategies are crucial in order to promote thoughtful decision making through the transplant process.

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Maintaining Sexual Health Through Transplantation

Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 3:00pm

End-stage organ failure and solid organ transplantation can impact the patient and his/her sexual wellbeing. This presentation is aimed at defining sexual health and the potential barriers that can impact patients and families. We will review the role of the transplant clinician in assessing, identifying, and managing patients with sexual health issues, and share outcomes from the Transplant Pregnancy Registry International.

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