Wednesday, April 17

7:15 am - 9:00 am

General Session


Top Pharmacologic Conundrums in CKD

1.75 CH, 1.75 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS

Learn more about the many medications that patients with CKD may take and their interactions. For instance, how do pain management medications/opioids, proton-pump inhibitors, steroids, immunosuppressants, anticoagulants, diabetic drugs, and cardiac drugs interact, and what information is important for the nephrology nurse to know?

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Transplant Allocation

1.25 CH

Amy Woodard, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC

How is the allocation system for transplants working? This session will focus on how kidneys are distributed and how patients and kidneys are matched for transplantation. Why the wait for transplants can be so long and how this time might potentially be reduced also will be addressed.


Stroke in Individuals with CKD

1.25 CH, .75 Rx

Karen Merriman-Noesges, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Patients with CKD are at risk for strokes. This session will examine the specific risk factors for stroke in patients with CKD, emergency management if a stroke occurs, and the evidence-based guidelines for the care of this patient population.


Vascular Access: An International Perspective

1.25 CH

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN
Maria Teresa Parisotto, RN

Nephrology nurse experts from the United States and Europe will discuss vascular access in their respective countries with the goal of learning from each other and identifying best practices.


How to Become a Leader: Primer for Millennials

1.25 CH

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD, RN, CNN

How do you become a leader – at work, in your chapter, or in a volunteer role? Do you just “jump in”? Dr. Jackson Brown will discuss various pathways to leadership and provide tips for how to begin, or continue on, your own journey to leadership.

10:45 am - 12:00 nn

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


Stop the Train: The Older Adult Using Peritoneal Dialysis

1.25 CH, .5 Rx

Lucy Todd, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNN

This “stop the train” session will focus on the care of older adults using peritoneal dialysis. Case studies will be presented to determine the assessment and treatment plans for various patient scenarios.


Nephrology Nursing Malpractice: How to Avoid Being Sued

1.25 CH

Sue Cary, MN, RN, APRN-BC, CNN

This session will provide nephrology nurses with invaluable information on how to prevent a malpractice case. Case studies and discussion will showcase various pitfalls to avoid in your professional life.


Kidney Child Life Specialist: Developmentally Supportive Care in the Dialysis Clinic

1.25 CH

Erin Panzella, BS, CCLS, CIMI

Child life specialists are being used to great benefit with pediatric dialysis patients because of the support and developmental expertise they provide. Discussion will include therapeutic play to promote positive coping and the application of this technique in other settings.


Acid Base Balance in CKD

1.25 CH, 0.5 Rx

Denise Link, MPAS, PA-C, FNKF

This session will examine acid base balance in patients with CKD with a focus on differentiating metabolic versus pulmonary imbalances and acute versus chronic imbalances. The impact of the grade of imbalance on kidney function as well as strategies to restore balance across the continuum of CKD will be shared.

12:00 nn

National Symposium adjourns

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