NNCC Newsletter | March 2023

Saturday, March 25th, 2023
NNCC Newsletter
March 2023
NNCC Springs Ahead: Lori Neal and Jennifer Murray
As NNCC springs forward this year, we welcome NNCC leaders in new areas of service.
  • NNCC President-Elect Lori Neal, BSN, RN, CNN, has been a Certified Nephrology Nurse for 13 years with over 19 years in nephrology nursing. She enjoys working as a Clinical Support Specialist for Fresenius Medical Care and has a background in acute therapies, out-patient setting & management. Lori is currently working on her Masters Program in nursing, volunteers with ANNA and has served as a CNN item writer and also as a board member. She takes her post as NNCC’s President effective April 1, 2023.
  • Jennifer Murray, BSN, RN, CDN, also begins her term on April 1, 2023, as a newly appointed NNCC Commissioner. The NNCC Board of Commissioners meets quarterly to conduct NNCC business, including reviewing the work of NNCC’s examination boards, organizational policies, and procedures and the NNCC strategic plan.
Recently, Lori and Jennifer shared their insights on nephrology nursing and their enthusiastic hopes for NNCC. Get to know Lori and Jennifer by visiting their recent commentary featured on NNCC’s website. Thank you, Lori and Jennifer, for stepping into your new roles this Spring.

NNCC Announces 2022 Highest Scorers
The NNCC Board of Commissioners would like to congratulate the following certificates for achieving the highest scores in 2022 on their certification examinations:
There was a two-way tie for the CCHT highest score:
Melissa A. Esser, Lena, IL, Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT)
McKenzie E. Petersen, Keasrney, NE, Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT)
Barbara Ann Stevens, Dayton, NV, Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician - Advanced (CCHT-A)
Ajay Pillai, Houston, TX, Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN)
Ignacio Gonzalez, Iowa Colony, TX, Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN)
Sarah A. Sightler, Lexington, SC, Certified Nephrology Nurse - Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP)

Special Thanks to NNCC President Sandy
NNCC President Sandra M. Bodin is stepping down from her post effective March 31, 2023. Sandy is a Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) with over 30 years of nephrology nursing experience, including extensive expertise in nursing informatics, clinical documentation improvement, and the nephrology biopharmaceutical industry. She serves as editor of the Contemporary Nephrology Nursing textbook, 3rd and 4th editions, and is a member of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) and Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing. Look for a salute to Sandy Bodin’s NNCC contributions in April as NNCC expresses its appreciation for a job well done!

Janel Parker Presidents Award: Celebrating Peg Garbin
Congratulations to Peg Garbin, CEO and President of the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET). The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) has just presented Peg with the Janel Parker Presidents Award! Peg is surrounded by NNCC President, Sandra Bodin, C-NET Executive, Andrew Karle, NNCC President-elect, Lori Neal and NNCC Executive Director, Katherine Houle. The Janel Parker Presidents Award recognizes an individual or organization within the ABNS membership that has made significant contributions to specialty nursing certification and to the association.

Quality Improvement Award: Applications Due June 30, 2023
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 April 2023:
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.

Dialysis Nurses (CDN): 
Take the NNCC March Pop Quiz
March brings spring! "A patient who has long-standing, untreated chronic kidney disease is admitted via the emergency department with uremia. Acute dialysis is initiated. Because of the history of untreated kidney disease, the patient is at risk for which of these gastrointestinal conditions?"

NNCC will be exhibiting at the following conferences this Spring:
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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