Wednesday, April 22

6:00 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast / Non-CE Product Theater


Continental Breakfast / Non-CE Product Theater

Sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceutical

7:30 am - 8:30 am

General Session


Advancing American Kidney Health: Update on the Executive Order and ANNA’s Action

1.0 CH

Donna Bednarski, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN, CNP
James Twaddell

The 2019 Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health has opened the door for changes in the care of patients with kidney disease as well as collaboration between nephrology nurses and other key nephrology providers. Learn more about the Executive Order and potential future implications for kidney care and nephrology nursing.

8:45 am - 10:00 am

General Session


Improving Infection Control Practice in the Dialysis Setting

1.25 CH

Tara Millson, DNP, RN, CIC

Infection is the leading cause of hospitalization and the second leading cause of death for hemodialysis patients in the United States, yet many dialysis facilities do not reliably follow basic infection control practices. This session will examine the rules and regulations surrounding infection control in the dialysis setting, identify common barriers to effective implementation of infection prevention programs, and review strategies to overcome those barriers.

10:15 am - 11:15 am

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.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Closing 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.

12:45 pm

National Symposium adjourns

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