NNCC Email Newsletter | September 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019
NNCC President Theresa Mottes (front left) presents Rochester Nurse Manager Gina Scroggins and the Rochester General Hospital Dialysis Unit staff with the NNCC Advocacy Award plaque during the September ceremony.

Rochester General Hospital Dialysis in Rochester, NY, doesn’t just pay lip service when it comes to nephrology nursing certification. Thanks to an exceptional program that supports staff from start to finish, an impressive 88% of the eligible nurses are certified in nephrology, an accomplishment that helped Rochester win NNCC’s 2019 Award for Nephrology Nursing Certification Advocacy.


The unit nurses received their award from NNCC President Theresa Mottes, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CDN, on September 9, during a special ceremony at the facility timed to coincide with Nephrology Nurses Week.


Mottes presented the staff members with a plaque and a $1,000 prize, praising them for their outstanding performance in advancing nephrology nursing certification and patient care.


News Alert: Avoid NNCC Imposter Websites

There are various websites that may offer NNCC products, services, or publications that are not associated with us. Before you download information or make a purchase, please be sure you are using our verified website: https://www.nncc-exam.org. If you’re in doubt, use this form to contact us. You can also e-mail nncc@nncc-exam.org or call 888-884-NNCC.

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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 today, as deadlines are quickly approaching!
•    Technicians and LPN/LVNs (Five $3,000 scholarships)
•    Advanced Practice Nurses (One $5,000 scholarship)
•    ANNA (CDN and CNN) Active Members (Three $3,000 scholarships)
•    CNNT (CDN and CNN) Active Members (Three $3,000 scholarships)

Visit NNCC Booth at Fall Conferences

NNCC will be exhibiting at the following upcoming meetings. Please stop by our booth to get answers to your questions about certification/recertification and discover new resources for your practice.


National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA)

October 2-4, Huntington Beach, CA


ANNA Fall Meeting (ANNA)

October 12-14, San Diego, CA


American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

November 5-9, Washington, DC


Does authoring an article in a peer review journal count toward recertification?

Yes! Anyone who has published will assure you that there is a significant amount of learning involved in writing and polishing content. In recognition, 15 contact hours will be awarded toward recertification for a book chapter, manuscript, article, or paper relevant to nephrology nursing and published by a recognized publishing house or professional journal.


I am a dialysis technician, what is my registration number?

NNCC is your national certification board. NNCC does not issue numbers with your certification. There are some states that require a state registration or certification, and those states may issue a registration or certification number. NNCC will ask for the registration number, if applicable. If you don’t have a state registration or certification number, you should leave this question blank on your recertification application.


I am not currently employed. Do I need an employer to verify work hours during my certification period?

Yes, a current, or previous supervisor will need to verify hours worked during your certification period. If you didn’t meet the work requirement during your certification period, you aren’t eligible for recertification, but may meet the requirements to take the exam to become certified again.


CKD Again Linked to High Red Meat Consumption

A recent Tehran study of nearly 5,000 participants validated the well-researched link between red meat consumption and CKD risk. The study participants who ate the most red meat had a 73% higher risk than those with the lowest intake. (Renal & Urology News, 8/20/19)

Help Make Dialysis Safer for Your Patients

Approximately 500,000 people in the United States rely on dialysis treatments for advanced kidney disease, and unfortunately, these patients have an increased risk for infections. The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition gives you the opportunity to educate yourself and get involved. (CDC; Accessed 9/5/19)


Health Care for America's Seniors at a Tipping Point

A recent national report about the state of health care for older adults in America revealed both progress and challenges. In this article, GAPNA President Valerie Sabol analyzes the study results, presents the crucial role of gerontological APNs, and offers advice to guide both patients and providers along the path of better care.


Comments Requested: Rural Access to Health Care Services

HRSA has released a public “Request for Information” to help identify the health care needs of 57 million Americans living in rural areas. The call is part of a larger effort to solve America’s health disparities and provide people in rural communities better access to health care professionals. Submit your response by 10/9/19. (Health Resources & Services Administration, 9/5/19)

Vaping: It’s All a Smokescreen

Health care providers in all settings need to educate themselves about the dire effects of vaping, as well as symptoms and behaviors in patients. In this article and a just-released podcast, national nursing expert Janice Selekman provides an in-depth look into a trend that is taking lives at an alarming rate.