NNCC Email Newsletter | June 2020

Friday, May 28th, 2021
2020 Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy Award Winner
The nurses at Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Dialysis Department, Little Rock, AR, are both highly motivated and appreciated, factors that helped them win NNCC’s 2020 Award for Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy.
According to NNCC President Theresa Mottes, MSN RN, CPNP-AC, CDN, the awards committee gave the Pediatric Dialysis Department high marks for their cohesiveness, collaboration, and team-based approach.
“We were very impressed by the nurses’ high level of commitment and for the extensive support Arkansas Children’s provides nursing staff for certification and continuing education,” Mottes said.
To further honor the dedicated staff members, we spoke with Arkansas Children’s Dialysis Administrator Cassie Medlock, BSN, RN, CNN, who submitted the department’s application.
NNCC Announces the Advanced Practice Nurse Career Mobility Scholarship Winner

NNCC is pleased to announce Lan Nguyen, MSN, CNP, CNN-NP, of Albuquerque, NM, as the recipient of the 2020 Advanced Practice Nurses Career Mobility Scholarship.


The award is one of several NNCC career mobility scholarships awarded annually to support certified individuals in continuing education or for programs that improve patient outcomes in the health science field. Congratulations Lan on your well-deserved honor!


Interested in applying for one of our scholarships? Click here.

The June “NNCC Question of the Month” is for nephrology nurse practitioners 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.
Really want to test your smarts? Click here for some APN bonus questions we just updated, and here for some bonus questions for nurses and technicians.

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 .

Need for Nephrology Amidst the Coronavirus

With the unpredictability of the COVID-19 and life-threatening kidney complications occurring in many patients, nephrology has never been more important. Nurse experts describe what they are seeing and the tools that have been mobilized to help. (Elite Healthcare; 6/10/20)


Share This With Your Patients: Are Herbal Supplements Safe?

Some of your patients may assume that herbal supplements don’t have risks. As you know, this isn’t the case. Here is a handy list of specific supplements that will help you steer your patients in the right direction. (Kidney.org; accessed 6/11/20)


More Than 20% of Patients Who Died of COVID-19 in Italy Had

A University of Milan researcher recently reported that chronic kidney disease was present in more than 20% of the patients who died from coronavirus in Italy. Many of those also had hypertension and diabetes. (Healio; 6/9/20)

Here You Go! Some Good News
With the world facing some of the most serious health care, social, and climate challenges in history, we went searching for some good news to share. We found this website, the goodnewsnetwork.org, which provides a steady feed of positivity. As you care for your patients and work to improve the world, remember, it’s OK to take a break.
Pause and Remember Why 2020 is the ‘Year of the Nurse’
Before 2020 arrived, the World Health Organization (WHO) chose it as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Here are some great reasons why. (Daily Nurse; accessed 6/11/20)