Who Should Attend

  • Nurses, technicians, and health care professionals who care for patients with kidney disease
  • Staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, managers, educators, and researchers specializing in nephrology
  • Dialysis care providers
  • Transplant coordinators and professionals
  • Diabetes educators
  • Student nurses (special rate available)

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Top Reasons to Attend

  • Explore ways to improve patient care.
  • Incorporate evidence into your practice.
  • Discover innovations in patient therapies and treatment modalities.
  • Network with other professionals in the specialty.
  • Earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits.
  • Receive a bonus 5 extra CNE credits after the meeting (see details).

Wednesday, April 22

6:45 am - 3:30 pm


6:45 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast

7:15 am - 9:00 am

Early Bird Session


The Wearable Artificial Kidney: Present and Future

1.75 CHALL

Victor GuraVictor Gura, MD, FASN

  • Describe the research technology required to develop the wearable artificial kidney.
  • Explore patient inclusion and exclusion selection criteria.
  • Outline the impact of potential changes in the care of the individual with CKD.

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Women and Heart Disease: Past, Present, and Future

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx ALL

Brenda Jahnke, MSN, RN, CNS

  • Describe the issues prompting the focus on women and heart disease.
  • Discuss the programs, research, and outcomes of the past 10 years.
  • Outline initiatives to advance healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.


I Need a Break: Understanding Caregiver Burden

1.25 CH ALL


  • Identify factors associated with caregiver burden.
  • Evaluate supportive interventions for the caregiver, including respite services, counseling, and educational needs.


Hemodialysis 101: Back to the Basics

1.25 CH HD HHD

Hazel Dennison, DNP, RN, APNc, CPHQ, CNE

  • Explain the basic concepts of diffusion, osmosis, and ultrafiltration.
  • Discuss the characteristics of dialyzer membranes and their impact on the treatment procedure.
  • Review the rationale for monitoring the pH and conductivity of the machine prior to treatment.


Managing Depression: Updates Across the Lifespan

1.25 CH, 1.25 RxALL

Carol Lieser, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

  • Describe evidence-based assessment methods for depression in children and adults.
  • Select appropriate medications for the treatment of depression in children and adults with CKD.
  • Discuss how to evaluate and revise treatment plans for individuals with depression.

10:45 am - 12:00 nn

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


The Combined Liver/Kidney Transplant Conundrum

1.25 CH TX

David Gerber, MD

  • Review the indications and clinical considerations for a combined liver/kidney transplant.
  • Describe expected outcomes in combined liver/kidney transplant patients vs. single liver or kidney transplant patients.
  • Discuss the challenges involving organ supply and allocation as a result of combined liver/kidney transplant.



1.25 CH, .25 Rx AC AD AP

Tana Waack, RN, CNN

  • Describe when apheresis may be indicated in the treatment of acute patients.
  • Discriminate the goals of therapy from the potential complications as they relate to financial burden.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and risk of therapy in the critically ill individual.


Cystinosis: A "New" Adult Kidney Disease

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx CK PD

Laurence Greenbaum, MD, PhD

  • Describe the pathophysiology of cystinosis.
  • Describe the clinical manifestations of cystinosis.
  • Summarize treatment strategies for cystinosis.


Renal Palliative Care

1.25 CHALL

Desi Carozza, MD

  • Describe the palliative care model in nephrology.
  • Compare and contrast palliative care with hospice care.
  • Identify potential barriers in the implementation of a renal palliative care program./li>

12:00 nn

National Symposium Adjourns

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