NNCC Newsletter | October 2023

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
NNCC Newsletter
October 2023
Honoring Dialysis Technicians: YOU are the SPARK!
The NNCC Board of Commissioners and National Office staff proudly recognized National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week (October 9-14, 2023). Thank you to our CCHT and CCHT-A certified dialysis technicians for providing patient, compassionate, safe, quality care to your dialysis patients. We celebrate you for your significant
contributions to successful patient outcomes. You are Skilled / Passionate / Agile / Remarkable / Knowledgeable! You are the SPARK!
The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) has desgnated the second week in October as National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week. Visit dialysistech.net for more information.
NNCC President Lori Neal Visits Huron, South Dakota
VISITING HURON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: NNCC President, Lori Neal, had the pleasure of taking a trip to South Dakota to present another NNCC Quality Improvement Award. On Monday, October 9, 2023, Lori visited Jennifer Jungemann, and her team at Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC Dialysis) in Huron, South Dakota to present the NNCC’s Quality Improvement Award. NNCC’s Nephrology Nursing Quality Improvement Award is awarded annually. Quality Improvement is the foundation of improving care delivery and patient outcomes. Nurses, Advance Practice Practitioners, 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.
Jennifer Jungemann and her team created a quality improvement initiative titled: Implementation and Roll-out of the Hemodialysis Technician Program.
THE PROJECT OUTCOME: As a result of implementing the program staffing shortages were eliminated. Operating costs were reduced due to no longer hiring travelers or paying the wage differences between nurses versus technicians. Nursing staff satisfaction improved after bringing on new staff and the addition of mentoring opportunities. Patient satisfactions scores have also increased with patients enjoying the additional staff and bonds formed with new employees versus travelers who are there for shorter periods of time.
Lori had a great time meeting Jennifer and her team. “Jen is very proactive in education of staff and collaboration with other programs in the area!” Jennifer let us know that they plan to use the $1000 award on educational material for their program. Lori was also pleased to see that the hospital management joined in the celebration and award presentation.
If you are certified by NNCC and working on a nephrology nursing quality improvement initiative, the next deadline to submit the Quality Improvement Award application is June 15, 2024.
WIN BIG: Dialysis Technicians Survey!
NNCC invites all dialysis technicians to participate in an important survey of YOUR practice. Participation could bring BIG WINS with $3,500 in Amazon gift cards! The first 500 technicians to respond will have a chance at winning a $50 Amazon gift card, randomly awarded to 40 participants.
For additional technicians responding, 60 Amazon gift cards of $25 will be randomly awarded. You must complete the survey to enter the drawing.
This important survey will be used to evaluate/ensure contents of the CCHT and CCHT-A certification exams are current. All survey responses are anonymous. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Good news, you can take a break and return to the survey during the process! We appreciate your time – and please share this survey with your colleagues! Every survey response will provide valuable insights only you can share!

NNCC Gratitude: NNCC Advanced Practice Exam Board and CNN-NP Test Committee
Thank you to the NNCC Advanced Practice Exam Board and CNN-NP Test Committee members for dedicating their time earlier this month in Philadelphia to work at ensuring the CNN-NP certification credential continues to meet the highest standards in nephrology practice. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful group of nurse practitioners to share their expertise for the benefit of our CNN-NP credential.
Advanced Practice Exam Board Members
CNN-NP Test Committee Members

Career Mobility Scholarship Application – Apply by November 30
Career Mobility Scholarships will be awarded annually to support qualified, certified individuals in continuing education and development or support of a program to improve patient outcomes in the health science field.
All application materials must be submitted and received by NNCC no
later than November 30, 2023. Application process includes essay, letter of acceptance from academic institution and three letters of recommendation. Don’t wait for the last minute! Get your materials started soon – we look forward to reviewing 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.

Take the NNCC OCTOBER Quiz

OCTOBER 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 for Nephrology Nurse Practitioners (CNN-NP)! Click the link to see the list of options, choose the correct answer, find the rationale and reference information.


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