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SPLIT-TTS Webinar - Hospital Discharge Following Transplantation: There Is No Place Like Home

152.1 - Hospital Discharge Following Transplantation: There Is No Place Like Home

Presenter: Stacee, Lerret , Milwaukee, USA
Authors: Stacee Lerret



The participant will identify the impact of clinical research on patient outcomes in the area of transition from hospital to home and chronic illness care for parents of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients.


  1. Associations between hospital processes and post-discharge outcomes.
  2. Challenges experienced by families of children with complex medical conditions as they transition home from the hospital.
  3. Strategies to improve the discharge transition for transplant families.

Stacee Lerret

Stacee Lerret is an Associate Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin and has worked at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee as the nurse practitioner for the liver transplant program for the last 18 years. 

She completed her baccalaureate degree in Biology from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Knowing that pediatric medicine was her passion, she completed her Masters in Nursing from Marquette University.   Her interest in scientific discovery to support patients and families following liver transplant led her to pursue a doctoral degree.  Stacee received a PhD in nursing from Marquette University in 2010.  Her program of research focuses on the transition from hospital to home and chronic illness for parents of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients.  She is currently funded by the NIH and conducting a randomized controlled trial evaluating use of a family centered self-management intervention to improve access to care and post discharge outcomes for family members (e.g. mothers, fathers, grandparents) of children that receive a solid organ transplant.

She has published as well as spoken locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to pediatric solid organ transplantation.   She was a co-editor of the Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses 2nd edition textbook published in 2016.  She also received one of the highest honors for a nurse when she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.  To date she has just over 30 publications and is the immediate past president of NATCO The Organization for Transplant Professionals.

Finally, she is most importantly a proud member of SPLIT since 2003. 

Michelle Nadler

Michelle Nadler is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Michelle started as a graduate nurse in 1987 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she has continued her career in nursing for the past 33 years. She completed her baccalaureate degree in 1991, the same year she joined the Liver and Kidney Transplant Team as a Transplant Nurse Coordinator. After completing her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she transitioned into her current role as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs in 2000. 

Through her love of liver transplant as well as transplant education, Michelle has been actively involved in the pediatric liver community throughout her career. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in pediatric liver transplant. She has been a past board member of the Mid-America Division of the American Liver Foundation and has also been a member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA). She remains an active member in the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) since 1999, including her local ITNS Gateway Chapter, where she has previously served as Chapter President and Co-Chair for their ITNS Gateway Chapter Transplant Symposium. She was also part of the local planning committee hosting the international ITNS Symposium “Gateway to Excellence” in 2008. Michelle joined the SPLIT community in 1999 and has served in multiple roles including Chair of the Transplant Coordinators/Allied Health, Allied Health Representative on the Executive, Council and Education Committees. 

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