NNCC Email Newsletter | December 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
The NNCC Award for Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy recognizes organizations that advocate for or promote nephrology nursing certification. NNCC gives one $1,000 award each year. Click here for complete information and apply by January 1.
Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF, an NNCC commissioner, has received the 2020 Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership from the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA). As part of his commissioner role, Danilo is also the liaison to the NNCC Cinical/Technical Exam Board. His leadership and dedication go beyond his work for NNCC; we congratulate him on this much-deserved honor!
Take the NNCC December Pop Quiz
Dialysis technicians, you’re up! It’s your turn to answer the December “NNCC Question of the Month!” The question is posted on the NNCC Facebook page. You’ll get a list of options, an explanation for the correct answer, and reference information. You can also go right to the question here. Good luck!

ESRD Treatment Choices Model Can Transform Kidney Care

Kidney care policy reform can have a huge impact on nephrology care delivery. The final rule for the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices (ETC) model begins January 1, 2021, and aims to expand home dialysis options and kidney transplantation. (Healio, 12/20)

Silver Lining: Pandemic Spurred Innovations in Kidney Care

As complicated as the country’s COVID-19 response has been, disaster planning and patient advocacy by dialysis organizations has helped the nephrology community find solutions to the high rates of kidney injury caused by the virus. (Kidney News Online, 12/20)

Can a Health Care Worker Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine?
As the vaccine rolls out, one expert examines the law related to health care professionals and vaccination. (MDedge/Internal Medicine; 12/10/20)
Survey: Toll of Pandemic on Health Care Professionals
A new survey conducted by the nonprofit Mental Health America reveals the level of stress and anxiety health care workers are facing, highlighting the urgent need for more care and support on the front lines. (Healthcare Finance; 12/2/20)
The Cost of Underfunding Public Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a harsh light on the consequences of chronic under-investment in public health and the limited recognition of its role. (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 11/24/20)