NNCC Email Newsletter | July 2020

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
Some people leave you with a sense of strength and positivity, and Carrie Johnson, BSN, RN, CNN, is one of them.

Carrie is the newest member of the NNCC Board of Commissioners. In this position, she works with the other board members and the NNCC staff to achieve the vision and goals of the organization. Carrie will also be supporting you as an NNCC certified nurse or technician in your journey to succeed professionally and provide top-quality patient care.
The July “NNCC Question of the Month” is for dialysis technicians and 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.
NNCC Exhibiting at ANNA's Virtual Symposium

If you’re planning to attend the ANNA National Symposium Virtual Conference, look for NNCC’s exhibit booth. We have resources and information, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about certification!


NNCC's testing partner, C-NET has resumed testing (meeting social distancing requirements) in various locations throughout the United States, in accordance with federal and state guidelines, and will continue to add sites as they become available.

Once you have been approved and registered to test, NNCC’s testing company, PSI, will send you a link to active testing locations in your area. Please visit C-NET's COVID-19 Update page for details.

Questions? Contact NNCC at https://www.nncc-exam.org/contact-us or C-NET at info@cnetnurse.com.

NNCC Offering 6-Month Grace Period for Recertification Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

NNCC will offer a 6-month grace period for all individuals due to recertify in 2020 who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


This grace period would not extend your certification period, but will allow you to meet your eligibility criteria within 6 months of your certification expiration date.


If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and were due to recertify your credential in 2020, you may complete the grace period acknowledgement form and submit it along with your complete recertification application and application fee up to 6 months after your certification expiration date. The form is available for download on the NNCC website under 'Recertify' for each certification credential and is only required if you use the grace period.


There will be NO late fee required. The grace period acknowledgement form must be included with your complete recertification application to take advantage of this grace period.


Whether you use the grace period or not, your certification period and expiration date do not change. No contact hours that were used to recertify the credential during the grace period may be reused to meet requirements during your next certification period.


Questions? Contact us at  nncc@nncc-exam.org .

Gaps in CKD Care Persistent Among Groups in U.S.

Research published recently in JAMA examined the gaps in CKD prevalence in major sociodemographic groups as defined by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status over 28 years. (JAMA Network Open; 7/16/20)

Daily Probiotics Benefit Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis

A recent trial showed patients on peritoneal dialysis who received daily probiotic supplementation experienced improvements in overall nutrition and other quality of life indicators. (Healio; 7/2/20)

Pandemic Has Revealed Vulnerability of Kidney Patients

Recognizing the urgent need for innovation in care of patients with kidney disease, KidneyX is redoubling its efforts for improved technologies. (Kidney News Online; 7/7/20)

COVID-19: Health Care Workers’ Stress High, So is Sense of Purpose
High stress levels in NY health care workers during the pandemic is not a surprise, but this recent study reported that 61% also reported feeling an increased sense of meaning and purpose. (General Hospital Psychiatry, via Sciencedirect.com; accessed 7/16/20)
Health Care Organizations to the Public: You Can Turn the Tide
In an open letter to Americans, AMA, AHA, ANA urge the public to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and wash hands to help stop the spread of COVID-19, pointing out that “We are not powerless in this public health crisis.” (ANA/Nursing World; 7/6/20)
Nurses Lack Representation in Media: Recognize Them as Leaders
It took a pandemic for the news media to sit up and take notice of nurses. After all, they are leading change and transforming health care. It’s time their voices are heard. (USA Today; 6/26/20)