NNCC Newsletter | January 2024

Thursday, February 1st, 2024
NNCC Newsletter
January 2024
Hemodialysis Technician
NNCC is delighted to share insights and experiences of our community. In this reflection, NNCC’s Mary Greensides, CCHT-A, discusses her commitment to her specialty – and her challenge to fellow healthcare professionals.
Reflecting on my career as a hemodialysis technician, I remember the early mornings and hard work, but what truly stands out is the pride I feel in making a difference in my patients' lives. Let’s look at the reasons we chose to make this our career. We all have our individual stories that touched our hearts and made us fall in love with our profession. If you are like me, you can’t imagine doing anything else. Our commitment to excellence needs to begin with each of us. We have the power and ability to invest in our own personal and professional growth, earning respect and recognition. We need to be an example for our newer technicians. We are the frontline representatives of the dialysis unit and must demonstrate our dedication to advancing our specialty for the sake of our patients. 
Mary Greensides, CCHT-A
NNCC Board of Commissioners
Technicians, consider elevating your CCHT certification to CCHT-A for personal satisfaction and validation of your knowledge and skills. Stand proudly in the dialysis community, proclaiming, "I AM A STEP ABOVE!"
Dialysis Employers, acknowledge and promote higher education and certification, and establish a competitive edge within the dialysis community. This leads to a highly skilled workforce and improves the quality of care our patients receive. Acknowledging and promoting continued education speaks volumes about the company’s commitment to providing the most knowledgeable and up-to-date technicians to care for our loved ones. Providing healthy compensation will support employee retention and engagement. Higher certification within the workforce will lead to increased productivity and professional growth.
So, as we come to the end of my letter to fellow healthcare professionals, I challenge Dialysis Technicians and Dialysis Employers: WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO EMBRACE THIS CHANGE TO BECOME THE EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER OF CHOICE?

NNCC Offers Free Practice Exam to Approved
CCHT-A Test-Takers!
Experienced Dialysis Technicians, NNCC is now offering a free online practice exam when you are approved to take the CCHT-A certification examination. You now have one more reason to take the next step in the advancement of your career goals!

A Big Thanks to our Clinical/Technical Exam Board and CCHT/CCHT-A Test Committee members!
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the NNCC Clinical/Technical Examination Board and Test Committee. Their dedicated volunteering during a January weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, played a crucial role in maintaining the reliability of the CCHT and CCHT-A certification credentials. Despite the challenges posed by storms, their commitment to NNCC shines through. Thank you for your invaluable contribution!

Quality Improvement Award:
Applications Due June 30, 2024
NNCC’s Quality Improvement Award is ready for your application! Deadline to submit is June 30, 2024. 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?

NNCCs Water for Dialysis Program: What's in your Water?
NNCC’s Water for Dialysis Program, What’s in your Water? is a learning activity provided by NNCC to help participants obtain knowledge and competency concerning water treatment for dialysis. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
• Identify the components of the dialysis water system including their purposes, monitoring requirements, and patient safety considerations.
• Explain how water-related clinical problems occur, are identified, and can be prevented.
• Discuss the elements of the CMS water survey that ensure compliance with safety.

Great News: Upon completion, a certificate will be provided awarding a four-contact hour credit to be used towards NNCC certification or recertification continuing education requirements.

FREE Online CNN-NP Practice Exam
NNCC Board of Commissioners and the Advanced Practice Examination Board have examined some of the roadblocks for nephrology nurse practitioners taking the CNN-NP certification examination.
A lack of resources and preparation materials seem to be a large factor. NNCC will now offer a free online CNN-NP practice examination to nephrology nurse practitioners who have been approved to take the CNN-NP examination. Upon approved for testing, nephrology nurse practitioners will receive a link to take the online practice exam. This, in addition to the free CNN-NP Certification Preparation Guide, will have you well on your way to preparing for the exam!

Take the NNCC JANUARY Pop Quiz

JANUARY QUESTION! It's time for another question of the month! NNCC’s Question of the Month helps you test your knowledge. This month we pose this question to dialysis nurses (CDN)! Click the link to see the list of options, choose the correct answer, find the rationale, and reference information.


NNCC will be exhibiting at the following conferences this Spring:
Las Vegas, NV
March 25 - 28, 2024
Orlando, FL
April 14 - 17, 2024
Long Beach, CA
May 14 - 18, 2024
Nashville, TN
June 25 - 30, 2024