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Monday, September 25

7:00 am - 12:00 nn

Registration Open

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Peritoneal Dialysis Access: Pre- and Postoperative Care

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

Beth Piraino, MD

Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement is the focus of this session. Discussion will include removal of adhesions, postoperative catheter care, access maintenance, and management of complications. The primary focus will be prevention of exit site infections, but treatment options also will be addressed.


Drug Update: What’s New? What’s Coming?

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD, BCPS

Learn more about drugs that are on the horizon and current drugs that may be used in different ways in the future. This session will provide the latest information on new pharmacology options and trends.


Glomerular vs. Tubular Diseases: Distinguishing the Differences

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

Mary Schira, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

This session will focus on the basic differences in patients with glomerular diseases versus those with tubular diseases. The etiologies of acute and chronic diseases in each part of the renal system and the clues that lead to the correct diagnosis – and the best treatment option – will be discussed.

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


When a Kidney Alone Just Won’t Do: Combined Organ Transplant

1.5 CH

Mark Aeder, MD, FACS

There are specific criteria and challenges for patients who need a combined organ transplant. This session will review the patient criteria for liver-kidney, kidney-pancreas, and heart-kidney transplants, considerations for the timing of the dual surgeries (simultaneous vs. sequential), and postoperative issues.


ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs): Practice implications for the APRN and RN

1.5 CH

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP

This session will provide a historical perspective of ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs). The APRN’s role in this partnership, including the financial and quality rewards, as well as the impact of ESCOs on RN practice in the outpatient setting will be highlighted.


Combatting Clinical Inertia

1.5 CH

Mary Schira, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

What is clinical inertia? This session will begin by defining clinical inertia and will continue with a discussion of the concepts of clinical inertia, causes, and current research on the topic.


Managing Acute Kidney Injury in the Outpatient Unit

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

Denise Murcek, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNN-NP

The treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) in the outpatient setting has been a reality for about 9 months. This session will review current practice models for managing AKI in this setting. Discussion will include an evaluation of progress, including what’s working, what’s not, and outstanding issues.

11:00 am - 12:00 nn

Closing General Session


Effective Communication in the Nephrology Unit

1.0 CH

Jennifer Payton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNN

As we strive to recruit and retain staff members, effective communication is a primary tool for success. Learn the essential guidelines for effectively communicating with staff and colleagues in the workplace.

12:00 nn

Conference Adjourns

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