NNCC Newsletter | February 2023

Saturday, February 25th, 2023
NNCC Newsletter
February 2023
NNCC recognizes Black History Month and the contributions, strength and dedication of the countless Black Nurses who move the specialty of nephrology nursing forward with a commitment to excellence in patient care and a devotion to improving patient outcomes.
NNCC Annual Report 2022-2023: Now Available
The NNCC Annual Report 2022-2023 is ready for viewing. NNCC was established in 1987 to develop and implement certification examinations for nephrology nursing. The NNCC is national in scope, separately incorporated, and an independent organization that collaborates with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) in test development, test administration, and test evaluation.
The NNCC also works collaboratively with professional nephrology organizations to promote certification examinations and to recognize certified individuals. It is the goal of NNCC to promote the highest standards of nephrology nursing and dialysis technician practice through the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of all aspects of the certification and re-certification processes.

HHS COVID-19 Health Public Health Emergency Status: Expiring May 11, 2023
Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
According to the CMS ESRD Conditions for Coverage Waiver document, the CMS waivers will end at the end of the HHS COVID19 Health Emergency Declaration. All Outpatient ESRD facilities must be in full compliance with CMS ESRD Conditions for Coverage by May 11, 2023. If you or a member of your ESRD team have an expired certification credential, please contact NNCC for options regarding recertification or certification.

Submit Your Application! NNCC’s Quality Improvement Award
NNCC’s Quality Improvement Award is ready for your application! Deadline to submit is June 30, 2023. Quality improvement is the foundation for improving care delivery and patient outcomes. Nurses, advance practice providers, and technicians are essential stakeholders in improving the process. NNCC believes that applying quality improvement strategies to the care of nephrology patients ultimately leads to safer and better outcomes. Ready to submit your application?
Coming Soon:
CNN-NP Recertification Eligibility Criteria Change
Effective 4/1/2023: CNN-NP continuing education required for recertification have been reduced as follows:
  • Applicant must have 75 hours of continuing education from approved providers during the prior 5-year certification period that meet the following criteria:
  • A minimum of 50 hours must be CME/CNE credits, a minimum of 25 contact hours must be specific to nephrology.
Programs/Presentations: These programs must be specific to nephrology practice. Certified nurses who present nephrology programs that are awarded continuing education credit will receive credit of five (5) contact hours for the presentation.
Independent Study: These programs include continuing education designed for independent study such as journal articles or website articles. Credit will be given according to the number of contact hours awarded to each offering.
The additional 25 hours may be obtained from any of the following:
Professional Publications: The publication of materials must be relevant to nephrology nursing. The format should be a manuscript, research paper, book, or book chapter and must be published by a recognized publishing house or professional journal. Fifteen (15) contact hours will be assigned for authorship or co-authorship of a book. Five (5) contact hours will be assigned for a book chapter, manuscript, article, or paper.
Academic Credit: Academic credits earned towards a health/science degree may be used. Fifteen (15) contact hours will be assigned per one (1) semester credit. Ten (10) contact hours will be assigned per one (1) quarter credit. Academic credits may only be used for one (1) certification period.
Precepting: Five (5) contact hours will be assigned for every forty (40) hours as an official preceptor in nephrology for nurse practitioners.
It is acceptable to obtain the entire 75 hours from CME/CNE continuing education programs and independent study. For more information on NNCC’s Commitment to Excellence in certification programming click here.

Show Your NNCC Pride
Show your pride in your NNCC certification or celebrate and reward the NNCC certification achievements of colleagues and friends, with certification pins and gear from our store! Visit the store or download our NNCC store order form.

Advanced Dialysis Technicians (CCHT-A)!
Take the NNCC February Pop Quiz
Happy February! "NNCC's Question of the Month" helps you test your knowledge. This month we pose this question for advanced dialysis technicians (CCHT-A). Click the link to see the list of options, choose the correct answer, find the rationale and reference information. Good luck!

NNCC will be exhibiting at the following conferences this Spring:
Las Vegas, NV
March 28 - 31, 2023
Booth # 501
Austin, TX
April 11 - 15, 2023
Booth # 304
Palm Springs, CA
May 7 - 10, 2023
Booth # 509
New Orleans, LA
June 20 - 25, 2023
Booth # 1520
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