May 1 - 4, 2016 | Marriott Louisville | Louisville, KY

Enhance your clinical skills through leading speakers and exhibitors.

Enjoy your time in Louisville with
new friends from around the country.

Wednesday, May 4

6:45 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast

7:15 am - 9:00 am

Early Bird Session


The Wearable Artificial Kidney: 1 Year Later

1.75 CH

Victor Gura, MD, FASN
Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN

Dr. Gura returns this year to discuss research, progress, and patient care implications related to the wearable artificial kidney. Nancy Colobong Smith will share a nursing perspective and her involvement with the patient study.

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Testing for Peritoneal Dialysis Adequacy

1.25 CH

Lucy Todd, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNN

Describe appropriate collection techniques for measuring peritoneal transport, variables that lead to errors in interpreting adequacy results, as well as the characteristics of the peritoneal membrane and its relationship to the dialysis prescription.


Clearing Up the Confusion: Research and Evidence-Based Practice

1.25 CH

Mary Haras, PhD, MBA, APN, NP-C, CNN

Review the differences between research and evidencebased practice, and discuss how research findings can enhance the development of evidence-based practices in the nephrology setting.


Steroid Therapy Side Effects: Do You Have the Full Picture?

1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS

Review the pharmacologic actions of steroids, complications associated with short- and long-term steroid therapy, and steps in tapering steroid therapy.

10:45 am - 12:00 nn

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


Say Ahhhh: Oral Health in CKD Patients

1.25 CH

Mary Brennan, DNP, AGACNP-BC

Identify the systemic consequences of poor oral health in patients with CKD, and explore interprofessional collaborative opportunities to improve oral health status.


Continuum of Care: Palliative Care to Hospice

1.25 CH

Mark Philbrick, MSN, RN, FNP

Examine the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report Dying in America, the differences between palliative care and hospice, as well as the perceived barriers to end-of-life discussions.



1.25 CH, 1.25 Rx

Dennis Cheek, PhD, RN, FAHA

Describe the background and relevance of pharmacogenomics and the implications for care for the patient with CKD.


Benefits of Short Daily Home Hemodialysis

1.25 CH

Michael Kraus, MD

Describe the basic components, requirements, and benefits of home hemodialysis vs. in-center hemodialysis, and discuss the future of home hemodialysis, including reimbursement and technology.

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