NNCC Email Newsletter | November 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019

NNCC Board of Commissioners Approves Changes to CCHT-A Recertification Requirements; Reduced Fees

Taking a break from their 2-day meeting in San Diego are the NNCC Board of Commissioners. From left: Danilo Concepcion, Deborah Brooks, Judith Wales, Sandra Bodin, Theresa Mottes, Karen Solcher, Lori Neal, Lindsay Williamson, and Kevin Harris

The NNCC Board of Commissioners meet three times each year to help steer the operations and success of NNCC and each of its credentials. Here are two important changes that were approved at the recent fall meeting in San Diego, CA:


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

CCHT-A recertification application fees will be reduced.

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

CNN-NP Committee Meets to Update Exam Questions


CNN-NP Test Committee, shown from left: Jessica Geer, Tim Ray, Leslie Prosser, Karen Solcher, Deborah Brooks, and Chair, Belbina Periera.

The NNCC Advanced Practice Exam Board and CNN-NP Test Committee is one of many of our groups comprised of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to ensure NNCC’s exams represent current practice. The committee met November 2-3, 2019, in Santa Fe, NM, to review and update all test questions.


We thank each and every member for all they do for NNCC and nephrology NPs.

NNCC Represented at ASN Kidney Week 2019


Advanced Practice Exam Board members Amy Perry, MSN, APRN-BC, CNN-NP (left), and Margaret Butler, APRN, NP-C, CNN-NP, staffed the NNCC booth at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2019, November 5-10, in Washington, DC. The meeting is a global gathering of nephrology industry professionals on the latest knowledge and advancements in care.

NNCC and our partner nephrology organizations offer several career mobility scholarships to NNCC certificants. If you are furthering your education, click the links below and apply by November 30!
•    Technicians and LPN/LVNs (Five $3,000 scholarships)
•    Advanced Practice Nurses (One $5,000 scholarship)
•    CNNT (CDN and CNN) Active Members
(Three $3,000 scholarships)

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New Poll: Many American Don’t Link Diabetes and Kidney Disease

A new online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by the Harris Poll showed that 46% of respondents didn’t know diabetes increased the risk of kidney failure. (National Kidney Foundation, 11/14/19)

Cautious Optimism for Wearable and Implantable Kidney Devices

Ambulatory hemodialysis devices offer promising potential for self-care treatment, however there is much work to be done to ensure safety and effectiveness, according to researchers. (Healio, 11/14/19)

Strengthening Evidence: Antibiotics Can Cause Kidney Stones

The incidence of kidney stone disease in the U.S has doubled in the last 15 years. Investigators have focused on identifying causes, including antibiotics and their effect on gut microbiome, with results indicating increased odds of kidney stones in both adults and children after oral antibiotic use. (American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 7/21/2019)


Infographic: Hospitals Serving Healthier Foods

From serving plant-forward menus to growing gardens, more and more hospitals are supporting healthy food choices, bolstering greater food access, and elevating the connection between dietary patterns and health — for people and the planet. (Health Care Without Harm, 11/19)


Americans Trust Nurses Most to Fix U.S. Health Care System

The majority of Americans in a recent survey said they felt nurses – more than doctors, hospitals, and government – can improve the country’s health care system. (Florence Health, 11/4/19)

Wasteful U.S. Health Care Spending in the Billions

A recent JAMA study tallied six categories of health care in the U.S. and estimated that wasteful spending is between $760-$935 billion per year. (Health Leaders Media, 10/7/19)