Sessions on Demand

In addition to the live sessions featured during the virtual program, some sessions will be pre-recorded and available on demand. The following is a tentative list of sessions that will be offered on demand.


Caring for the Patient with a Congenital Heart Defect on Dialysis

1.25 CH, 0.25 Rx

Kristen Stocker, MSN, RN, CPN

It is estimated that 2-3 million people in the United States have a congenital heart defect (CHD), and 30%-50% of those have kidney disease. Learn more about the unique needs, potential complications, and treatment considerations for patients with CHD requiring vascular access.


Handling Anemia

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Christine Chmielewski, MS, CRNP, CNN-NP, APRN-BC

Anemia is a common challenge for nephrology nurses to manage in patients with chronic kidney disease. This session will provide an update on anemia management guidelines, including current medications and potential adverse effects.


The Advocacy Journey

1.25 CH

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA

Follow the advocacy journey of a professional nurse and explore opportunities for personal advocacy engagement. Learn how you can use your position as a nurse to advocate for patients.


Is It Gangrene or Calciphylaxis?

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP, FASN

Early recognition and prompt treatment of calciphylaxis in patients with renal disease is vital for symptom relief, ulcer healing, and prevention of sepsis and death. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of calciphylaxis early in patients in acute and chronic settings in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes.


Cognitive Impairment, Vascular Dysfunction, and Physical Inactivity in Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease

1.25 CH

Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Dr. Hannan will share the findings of a research study examining the differences in cognitive function, vascular function, and physical inactivity levels in older adults with and without kidney disease and the implications for appropriate assessment and interventions in older patients with kidney disease.


Home Dialysis: Reaching the CMS Goal of 50% by 2025

1.25 CH

Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, ANP, CNN-NP

Enhancing patient education about kidney disease treatment options enables patients and families to make informed decisions about home care. This session will focus on the components of an effective patient education plan and strategies to increase home dialysis penetration.


Cardiovascular Disease: It’s Not Just for Adults

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Suzan Stephens, BSN, RN, CNN
Barbara Cometti, MA, BSN, RN, CDN

Left ventricular hypertrophy is the most common cardiac abnormality in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and can disrupt the conduction system in the heart, leading to fatal arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, or cardiac failure. Learn more about the importance of accurately measuring blood pressure, managing hypertension, and performing frequent dry weight assessments to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular disease in children with CKD.



1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Rasheed Balogun, MD, FACP, FASN, HP(ACSP)

This session will provide an overview of rhabdomyolysis, including etiology, signs and symptoms, laboratory values, and treatment options.


New Advances in Apheresis

1.25 CH

Darinka Povrzenic, MBA, HP(ASCP), RN

Learn about recent advances in therapeutic apheresis, including technical improvements, new indications for use, and recommendations for treatment. The session also will address the nephrology nurse’s role as a stakeholder in this therapy.


The Relationship Between Inflammation, Depression, and Nonadherence Among Persons with ESRD

1.0 CH

Kathleen Fulmer, PhD, FNP, RN, CNN

Ms. Fulmer will share the findings of a research study examining the relationship between inflammation and nonadherence to dialysis treatment in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with depression as a mediating factor. Implications for patient care also will be discussed.


How Can We Help Patients Find a Living Kidney Donor?

1.0 CH

Jennifer Martin

Patients who receive a living donor kidney live longer than those who receive a transplant from a deceased donor; however, the barriers to living donation are considerable. This session will share information about resources, training, and support available to overcome barriers to living organ donation, including a National Kidney Foundation initiative to train people to share their story about the need for a kidney donor and a transplant.