Wednesday, September 2

6:00 am - 7:15 am

Continental Breakfast / Non-CE Product Theater


Polycystic Kidney Disease

Carlos Bejar, MD
Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

7:30 am - 8:30 am

General Session


COVID-19: Looking in the Rearview Mirror and Moving Forward

1.0 CH

Elizabeth McNamara, MN, RN

Note: New topic/speaker as of 4/1/20. "Advancing American Kidney Health: Update on the Executive Order and ANNA’s Action" is rescheduled to session #144 at 11:45 am on Monday, August 31.

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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