NNCC Email Newsletter | October 2019

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Aspirus staff receive their plaque and check from Sandra Bodin (fourth from right).

NNCC President-Elect Sandra Bodin, MA, RN, CNN, presented Aspirus Langlade Hospital Kidney Care in Antigo, WI, with NNCC’s first Quality Improvement QI Award on September 24.


The application for the award had been submitted by Renal Dietitian Toni Pflieger, RD, CD, and Kidney Care Manager Jesus Almeida, BSN, RN, CNN, and focused on the facility’s nutrition project, "Two for the Road - Protein Supplement Program." (Read full story here.)


The QI Award recognizes an individual or organization that promotes optimal patient outcomes in nephrology. Winners receive $1,000, an engraved plaque, and industry recognition for excellence.

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)

On November 12, ANNA will host "Best of 2019," a live rebroadcast of five of the most popular education sessions from ANNA's 2019 spring and fall national conferences. Learn about the year's hottest topics, chat with speakers, earn at least 5.0 contact hours, and have a chance to win an Amazon gift card!  
Can't make it for the entire live event? Register for full access to the program content (with contact hours) and watch these five sessions on your own later.
Special Offer for CCHTs!
CCHTs, in honor of National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week last week, ANNA is offering $10 off your registration. Register here and add the coupon code CCHTbestof19 at check out.

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Visit NNCC Booth at Upcoming Conference

NNCC will be exhibiting at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) conference, November 5-9, in Washington, DC. Please stop by our booth (#2135) to learn about our resources and get your questions answered about certification and recertification.

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Optimization of Dialysis Modality Transitions for Improved Patient Care

This study reviewed the current knowledge about transition periods between modalities and identified areas for future research. (Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, 10/16/19)

Certain Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Suicide Risk

People taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) appear to be more likely to die by suicide, compared to those who take ACE inhibitors, according to a recent report. Both drugs are widely used to treat high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart failure, and diabetes. (HealthDay, 10/17/19)

Plant-Based Food Policy Needed to Stem Diabetes, Food Insecurity

With diabetes a major risk factor for kidney disease, and 425 million people worldwide affected by it, health care providers need to advocate for improved food systems and more availability of nutrition education. (Healio/Endocrine Today, 10/14/19)


Wasteful U.S. Healthcare Spending in the Billions

JAMA researchers recently reported that annual wasteful spending on health care in America is between $760 - $935 billion. (Modern Healthcare, 10/7/19)


Patients Want Transparent, Easy Billing, Survey Shows

In a recent consumer survey, patients said they want more modern and transparent billing practices because they’re frustrated with current systems. (Medical Economics, 10/11/19)

Change the Future: Participate in Nurses’ Health Study

The Nurses’ Health Studies are famous for a reason: They’ve provided valuable data that’s taught the world about health, exercise, nutrition, and the dangers of tobacco. The third study, NHS3, is now seeking 100,000 nurses and nursing students to continue this crucial research. Click here to participate.