Please note: All event times are Pacific Time Zone.
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Health Policy Update
Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
James Twaddell, ANNA Health Policy Consultant
Health policy experts will review key legislative, regulatory, and health policy issues affecting nephrology nursing. Policies with the potential to influence nursing practice, education, and delivery of care to patients with kidney disease will be discussed.
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Medical Malpractice in 2023: The Rules Have Changed
Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, CNN
Lisa Zokas Kindy, JD
As a result of the 2022 jury verdict and subsequent sentencing of a 3-year probation period for Nurse RaDonda Vaught, healthcare professionals have entered into a new era of practice where in addition to medical malpractice liability, criminal charges with possible incarceration may become a reality. This session will offer the nephrology nurse insight into how to proactively protect one’s practice and license from potential criminal liability.
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Addressing Depression in Dialysis Patients: Impact of the PHQ-9 in the Dialysis Setting
Jessica Demaline, MSW, LSW
This session will prepare participants to improve patient care by providing tools to enable screening and recognition of clinical depression. Ways to incorporate depression screening into the assessment and provision of care for nephrology patients also will be discussed.
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Laughter: The Antidote to Nephrology Nurses' Stress
Lesley Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNNe
Discover how laughter is truly the best medicine to decrease the nephrology nurse’s stress. The science, the necessity for, and the benefits of laughter for nephrology nursing professionals and patients will be explored.