NNCC Newsletter | September 2023

Friday, September 22nd, 2023
NNCC Newsletter
September 2023
NNCC President, Lori Neal, Goes to Texas
NNCC President, Lori Neal, had the pleasure of taking a trip to Texas during Nephrology Nurses Week to present two of NNCC’s awards.
NNCC President Delivers Quality Improvement Award
On Monday, September 11, 2023, Lori visited Tanya Scott, MSN, RN, CNN, and her team at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Texas City, Texas to present one of NNCC’s Quality Improvement Awards. 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.
Tanya Scott and her team created a quality improvement initiative titled: Decreasing Supply Related Disruptions to Improve Nephrology Nurses Workflow in an Acute Care Setting.
THE PROJECT OUTCOME: Project baseline data showed 236 disruptions (an average of 4 disruptions per day), estimating 8176 wasted nursing hours per year, costing approximately $801,248. Post-project data showed 26 disruptions (an average of 0.22 disruptions per day), estimating 447 wasted nursing hours per year, costing roughly $43,766. Results of the project showed a 94.5% decrease in supply-related disruptions and nursing hours wastage equaling approximately $757,482 in cost savings per year.
Lori had a great time meeting Tanya and her team. “It was my great pleasure to be able to present them with the Nephrology Nursing Quality Improvement Award and check for $1000.” Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center enjoyed some time celebrating Nephrology Nurses Week during Lori’s visit.
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. Learn More about the Quality Improvement Award.
NNCC President Delivers Advocacy Award
Next, Lori traveled to Houston Methodist Hospital Inpatient Dialysis Unit to deliver the NNCC Nephrology Nursing Advocacy Award.
NNCC NEPHROLOGY NURSING ADVOCACY AWARD: Developed to recognize organizations that advocate for or promote any and all levels of nephrology nursing certification, the NNCC Nephrology Nursing Advocacy Award is a celebrated achievement.
With 54% of staff currently certified by NNCC, Houston Methodist Hospital Inpatient Dialysis Unit does a great job in encouraging and highlighting their certified staff. Unfortunately, Sana Haj-Khalil, RN, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, CNN, Houston Methodist Hospital, was not able to attend, but the team welcomed Lori and were delighted to receive their Nephrology Nursing Advocacy Award and check for $1,000.
Lori shared that the team at Houston Methodist Hospital Outpatient Dialysis were an impressive group of nurses and technicians, and she was honored to be able to deliver the award in person to such a remarkable and dedicated group of people.
See more from Houston Methodist Hospital Inpatient Dialysis Unit in this very special Q&A session with Sana Haj-Khalil.
NNCC’s next Nephrology Nursing Advocacy Award application deadline is January 1, 2024. Learn More about NNCC’s awards, scholarships, and grants.

Barbara F. Prowant Nursing Research Grant –
Apply by November 15
NNCC established the $5,000 Barbara F. Prowant Nursing Research Grant to be given annually through the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). Barbara Prowant died in March 2009, after a
battle with cancer. She served as a board member with the NNCC for 11 years and was certified as a nephrology nurse in 1988 (CNN). Barbara served in a variety of positions with NNCC including president-elect, treasurer, secretary, online editor, and CNN test committee chair. She made countless contributions to NNCC and will always be remembered for her energy and support.
If you are a NNCC certified member of ANNA working on nephrology research apply now.

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.

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 SEPTEMBER Pop Quiz

SEPTEMBER 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 our nephrology nurses. Click the link to see the list of options, choose the correct answer, find the rationale, and reference information. Ready for the challenge? Think peritoneal membrane characteristics!


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