NNCC Email Newsletter | December 2019

Sunday, December 1st, 2019




Profiles in Excellence

NNCC’s Public Member Kevin Harris brings a sincere desire to make a difference to his volunteer role on the NNCC Board.

Millennials don’t always get a good rap, but when you hear about people like Kevin Harris, you realize the flaw in painting an entire generation with a broad brush.

Kevin, 31, is NNCC’s public member, a volunteer position held by an individual with no connections to the health care industry. The public member speaks for consumers, ensuring that their interests are considered in NNCC Board of Commissioners’ decisions.


News and Updates: CCHT-A Credential

About CCHT-A Certification

CCHT-A is a certification credential for experienced dialysis technicians working at an advanced level of practice. To earn the credential, you must pass the CCHT-A certification examination. Click here to learn more.


CCHT-A Recertification – Important Changes

Effective January 1, 2020, the CCHT-A recertification eligibility criteria will change for all those due for recertification January 1, 2020, and beyond:

  • Continuing education required for CCHT-A recertification will be reduced from 40 contact hours (CHs) to 30, with a minimum of 10 CHs from programs specific to nephrology.
  • In addition, a minimum of 10 CHs must be accredited by one of NNCC's approved providers of CE credits, as outlined in the requirements listed on the NNCC website and in the recertification application booklet.

Also effective January 1, 2020, the recertification application fee for all CCHT-As who are due for recertification January 1, 2020, and beyond will be reduced from $150 to $100.

Holiday Closing

The office of NNCCs’ testing partner, C-NET,

will be closed December 24, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

No permits for testing will be issued during this period.

Submitting an Application? Avoid this Extra Fee!


We’re going to save you some money with this tip: When you submit your certification (or recertification) application, be sure it’s complete!


Beginning January 1, 2020, the fee for incomplete applications will increase to $40. Don’t worry, it’s easy to avoid this charge: Simply take a few extra minutes and review the application checklist included with your forms. Questions? We’re glad to help! Email us at nncc@nncc-exam.org.

One of our favorite things each year is to announce the winner of the NNCC Award for Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy. The award was developed to publicly recognize organizations for outstanding advocacy efforts. The winner will be honored during a ceremony at their facility and receive a plaque and $1,000, as well as announcements and displays on NNCC platforms. Hurry! We must receive your application by January 1, 2020, for you to be considered for the 2020 award. Apply today!

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (NKF-CNNT) has partnered with NNCC to offer three $3,000 scholarships to NKF members who are certified registered nurses (CNN/CDN) pursuing higher education for a Bachelors or Master’s degree in nursing. Click here and apply by March 3, 2020.

Looking for a Few Good CDNs
NNCC’s CDN Test Committee is looking for CDNs to volunteer their expertise. Requirements include being able to travel two weekends per year (usually February and August; expenses paid), and being willing to share your knowledge and experience. Your job cannot include staff education other than precepting a new employee. If you’re interested, please contact us by January 10, 2020 at nncc@nncc-exam.org.


New Dialysis Approach Provides High Patient Satisfaction Levels

A new study reports high levels of patient satisfaction with a minimally invasive approach to creating vascular access for kidney patients who require hemodialysis. The non-surgical approach, which uses a small needle puncture and catheter, also improved fistula functionality. (News-Medical.Net; 12/5/19)

Patient, Clinical Factors Affect Dialysis Recovery Times

A recent research study explored several demographic and clinical variables for their effect on patients’ recovery time after hemodialysis (Healio; 12/12/19).


Top 10 Health Questions America Googled in 2019

If Google search numbers are our guidepost, Americans truly want to reduce blood pressure, lose weight on the keto diet, and get rid of those pesky hiccups. (CNN, 12/13/19)

Nursing Shortage Opens Doors to Better Salaries

According to some estimates, nursing shortages are expected to persist into 2025, positioning RNs in a strong negotiating space. Notable statistic: RN salaries have risen 2.6% per year since 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Nurse.com; 12/7/19)