NNCC Email Newsletter | May 2019

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Profiles in Excellence
Honoring a Visionary Leader:
NNCC Executive Director Nancy Gallagher

During the 16 years Nancy Gallagher led NNCC as its executive director, the organization grew from one certification program to six. Few in the nephrology community would deny she was a driving force in the industry, helping NNCC put certification for nephrology nurses and technicians on the map.
“I’m proud to have been able to serve this strong and growing community,” said Gallagher, who retired from the executive director spot in March. NNCC’s new Executive Director is Katherine H. Houle, another dedicated nephrology health care leader who is equally committed to leading the organization to continued success.

NNCC Eligibility Criteria Changed for Recertification

The NNCC Board of Commissioners and the Examination Boards have voted unanimously to expand the continuing education requirement for recertification.

While NNCC encourages you to seek continuing education specific to your nephrology specialty, we have broadened the continuing education requirement to recertify your credential. The changes are as follows:

  • CCHT: 30 hours of continuing education required; 10 of those must be through programs specific to nephrology.
  • CCHT-A: 40 hours of continuing education required; 15 of those must be specific to nephrology. 
  • CD-LPN: 30 hours of continuing education required; 10 of those must be specific to nephrology.
  • CNN and CDN: 45 hours of continuing education required; 15 of those must be specific to nephrology.
  • CNN-NP: 150 hours of continuing education required; 50 of those must be specific to nephrology.
All contact hours must be accredited through one of NNCC’s approved accrediting bodies unless otherwise stated in the eligibility criteria. For more information, visit the Recertify section of the NNCC website and go to your credential to find the specific eligibility criteria listed under Recertifying by Continuing Education/Clinical Experience.

Congratulations to Winners of Career Mobility Scholarships

One of NNCC’s primary goals is to support the education of certificants and help them achieve career success. There were so many outstanding applicants received for the Career Mobility Scholarships for Technicians and LPN/LVNs that we increased the number of $3,000 award recipients from five to seven this year. Here are the recipients:

  • Nicole Alves, Meridan, ID
  • Jennifer Dilks, Osage Beach, MO
  • Myesha Hollins, Detroit, MI
  • Tyrena Lovin, East Peoria, IL
  • Amber Meeker, Marion, IA
  • Romir Roxas, Naugatuck, CT
  • Sarah White, Orem, UT

Rochester Hospital Dialysis Receives 2019 NNCC Advocacy Award

Rochester General Hospital Dialysis in Rochester, NY, has been named the 2019 recipient of the NNCC Advocacy Award. The facility not only supports certification and ongoing education of its nurses, but it demonstrates deep appreciation for nurses who have earned their certification. In fact, almost 90% of the nurses at Rochester’s Outpatient Dialysis unit are certified.

NNCC congratulates each and every nurse at Rochester Dialysis, as well as the leaders and executives who have fostered a robust and supportive environment.

Learn More About the Advocacy Award


NNCC Announces New Quality Improvement Award:
Apply by June 15

NNCC has launched a new award recognizing an individual or organization who has participated in a quality improvement project that promotes optimal patient outcomes in nephrology. The recipient will receive $1,000, national recognition, and a personally delivered engraved plaque during an awards ceremony. Submit the electronic application before June 15, 2019.



Visit NNCC Booth at June AANP Conference

NNCC will be exhibiting at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference, June 18-23, 2019, in Indianapolis, IN. Please visit us at our booth #6004 to get answers to your questions about certification/recertification and discover new resources for your practice.


Text Reminders Helped Patients Get Treatments

A recent 6-month study of patients at six hemodialysis facilities revealed that patients who received a text message reminder before treatments had a lower rate of missed appointments. (Healio, 5/10/19)

Study Shows Diabetes and Dementia Hike Mortality Risk

Patients with type 2 diabetes and dementia had faster chronic kidney disease progression and were at an increased risk of dying from any cause than those without dementia, according to a research presented at the recent National Kidney Foundation meeting. (Renal and Urology News, 5/9/19)


Study: Nurses Eager to Help Those in Need, But Need Support

Nurses are ready and able to make Americans healthier by addressing the social determinants of health - such as access to healthy food, stable housing, reliable transportation, and equitable education - but they perceive barriers to doing so, according to the survey results of 500 nurses by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Type 2 Diabetes Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

The Journal of Diabetes recently reported that patients with type 2 diabetes have a higher overall risk of developing cancer. (HealthDay News, 5/5/19)