April 7 - 10, 2017 | Marriott Wardman Park | Washington, DC

NETWORK with a community of nephrology nurses like you!

LEARN from experts about treatment trends and patient care innovations.

Monday, April 10

6:45 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast

7:15 am - 9:00 am

Early Bird Session


Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: Prudent Antibiotic Use

1.75 CH, 1.75 Rx

Jessica Ortwine, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

Learn more about the antimicrobial stewardship program, a coordinated effort to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), reduce microbial resistance, decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, and improve patient outcomes.

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Global Partnerships in Nursing: The Rwandan Context

1.25 CH


Mr. Rosa will discuss his personal experience providing nursing education in Rwanda, how nursing and nursing education differs from the United States, and opportunities for building cross-cultural/transnational professional relationships.


Differentiation of Glomerular Diseases and Their Diagnoses

1.25 CH

Kamalanathan Sambandam, MD

There are a number of diseases that affect the glomeruli, and these diseases cannot be treated similarly. This session will provide tips to assess the full spectrum of a patient’s presentation (instead of assuming that diabetes is the cause), and review the general principles of treatment for patients with glomerular diseases.


CMS Survey Readiness

1.25 CH

Gail Dewald, BSN, RN, CNN

As clinicians, we are aware of the need to always be prepared for a visit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to demonstrate that our facility is providing quality patient care. This session will provide tips for survey readiness, including keeping up with changes in the survey process and identifying tools and resources.


An Investigation of Patient Hand-Off in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings: Stop, Look, and Listen

1.25 CH

Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN

This session will explore the ways information is exchanged between nurses and health care providers during patient hand-off in nephrology practice settings with attention to challenges presented by the hand-off process.

10:45 am - 12:00 nn

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


Complications of Vascular Access

1.25 CH

Regina Butler, BSN, RN, CNN

This session will review complications associated with central venous catheters, the importance of early arteriovenous (AV) access, and complications associated with maintaining an AV fistula.


Management of the Older Transplant Recipient

1.25 CH

Mara McAdams-Demarco, PhD

This session will identify potential issues related to care of older kidney transplant recipients (cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, frailty, medications) and strategies to address these issues.


Acute Kidney Injury in the Chronic Unit

1.25 CH

Denise Murcek, MSN, APRN, CNN
Bonnie Greenspan, MBA, BSN, RN

This session will discuss the policy that allows patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) to receive treatment in outpatient dialysis facilities and the essential monitoring requirements and interventions for successful care of AKI patients in this setting.


Diuretic Resistance

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Kamalanathan Sambandam, MD

This session will provide an overview of the pharmacology of diuretics and the mechanisms and management of diuretic resistance.

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