Sunday, August 30

Please note: All event times are Eastern Time Zone.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

General Session


Evolving Management Approaches to Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for the Nephrology Nurse

1.25 CH

Jay B. Wish, MD
Daniel W. Coyne, MD
Chilnille Millbrooks, MSN, FNP-C

This CME/MOC/CNE activity is jointly provided by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education. Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP in collaboration with FibroGen

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 10:45 am

Welcome & Remarks

10:45 am - 12:00 nn

General Session


Finding Joy in Our Work Lives

1.25 CH

Joy Baldridge, CPC, CSP

It is often the connections and relationships we develop that bring us joy in life, but we sometimes need to rediscover those sources of joy in order to deal with the stress we encounter in a busy professional life. Learn how to combat stress by reversing your thoughts and actions, making connections, finding joy, and laughing more.

12:00 nn - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Stop the Revolving Door: Home Dialysis Patient Retention Strategies

1.0 CH

Nupur Gupta, MD

Explore the challenges of retaining patients on home therapy. Potential complications of long-term home dialysis, high-risk assessment, and strategies to maintain patients on home dialysis will be discussed.


Dyslipidemia Across the Kidney Disease Spectrum

1.0 CH, 0.5 Rx

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF

This session will provide an overview of dyslipidemia, including laboratory findings and the association with various kidney diseases and disorders. Review treatment guidelines from organizations (American Heart Association, National Lipid Association, KDIGO) and practice applications for patients across the kidney disease spectrum.

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Participate in the virtual exhibit hall and chat with industry representatives about their products and services.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

General Session


COVID-19: Looking in the Rearview Mirror and Moving Forward

1.0 CH

Elizabeth McNamara, MN, RN

All of us have been affected personally and professionally by COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, Ms. McNamara was a voice of information in nephrology nursing. Following a brief look back at the impact of COVID-19, Ms. McNamara will focus on how we are applying lessons learned from this experience for nephrology nursing care now and in the future. Join us for a look at how we are – and will continue – moving forward.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Understanding Basic Lab Values 101

1.0 CH

Deborah Brooks, MSN, ANP-BC, CNN-NP, CNN

This session will review laboratory values that are key in diagnosing and assessing the progression of kidney disease, including anemia, electrolytes, nutrition, bone management, urine microscopy, and adequacy of dialysis.


Vascular Access: Catch It Before It Fails

1.0 CH

Spencer Galt, MD

A primary concern for nephrology nurses caring for dialysis patients is protecting and maintaining the patient’s access. Learn more about the signs of a failing access, procedures that facilitate identification of a problematic access, and the process for handling vascular access complications.

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Participate in the virtual exhibit hall and chat with industry representatives about their products and services.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

General Session


Innovations in Health Care and How They Influence Practice

1.0 CH

Catherine Firanek, MBA, BSN, RN

Nephrology patient care is experiencing exciting innovation, including changes in technology, in how we care for patients, and in how patients access care. This session will focus on the need to delay kidney disease progression while also supporting treatment modality decisions. Apps and other technological resources are available to assist patients in managing their care. CVS Kidney Care will be used as an example of a patient program that is using innovation to advance education and care for patients with kidney disease.

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Transitional Care Units

1.0 CH

Melissa Herman, MBA, BSN, RN

What is a transitional care unit? How can this unit help achieve the 2025 goal for 50% of kidney disease patients to receive treatment at home? How do you start a transitional unit in your clinic? Discover the answers to these questions during this informative session.


What Is Cannabis? Dive into the Weeds with CKD and Drug Interactions

1.0 CH, 1.0 Rx

Lisa Miller Hedin, BSN, RN

What is cannabis, and how is it being used in kidney care? Explore the differences between cannabis, marijuana, and hemp as well as the legalities associated with each substance. Learn about the dialyzability of these substances and the relationship to the disease process and common kidney disease treatments.

6:30 pm - 6:45 pm


6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

General Session


Poster Session with Poster Presenters

1.0 CH

Poster presenters will discuss their clinical projects and research findings. View the list of posters/presenters.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Non-CE Product Theater


Putting the Thrill Back in Dialysis Access with the WavelinQ EndoAVF System

Donna J. Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
Daniel Isbell, MD, FACS​

Sponsored by BD

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