Saturday, September 22

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Optional Morning Workshops (040-060)

Separate registration fee required (see fees).


New and Resurging Drugs in Chronic Kidney Disease

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

Lisa Koester Wiedemann, MSN, RN, CS, ANP, CNN-NP

Advanced practice nurses must prescribe and, along with all other nephrology nurses, must know how to assess and evaluate the pharmaceutical agents used by patients with kidney disease. This session will focus on new medications as well as older drugs that are making a resurgence, with the goal of educating clinicians to safely care for patients using these agents.


Staff Onboarding and Retention

1.5 CH

Judy Kauffman DNP, MSN, RN, CNN

First impressions count! This workshop will focus on ways to welcome new employees to your facility (so they want to stay) and how to retain current staff. Learn more about buddy programs, management check-in points, legacy maps, and stay interviews.


Applying Palliative Care Skills to Nephrology Patients

1.5 CH

Alvin Moss, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

The use of palliative care skills to evaluate and treat physical and psychological symptoms in patient with chronic kidney disease will be the focus of this workshop. Tips for incorporating patient-centered goals into the treatment plan and identifying opportunities for quality end-of-life discussion and care will be provided.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Opening General Session


Stepping into Leadership: Every Nurse is a Leader

1.5 CH

Beth Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE

All nurses are leaders. Get inspired about your own leadership skills and opportunities! Learn how to recognize your strengths, chart a path for growth, and identify competencies to successfully assume a formal leadership role.

12:00 nn - 1:30 pm

Lunch / Symposium (pending)

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (111-114)


Dialysis and the Older Adult

1.25 CH


There are factors to consider when caring for an older patient receiving dialysis. Topics include assessment of cognitive function, safety concerns such as falls, access options and challenges, and care planning.


Next Steps in Leadership: Career Coaching

1.25 CH

Paul Skiem, MBA, LCS

What is career coaching? Learn more about the benefits of coaching and career pathways when moving toward leadership roles.


Transplanting Hepatitis C Positive Kidneys into Hepatitis C Negative Patients

1.25 CH1.25 Rx

Vishnu Potluri, MD, MPH

This session will address considerations for transplanting a hepatitis C positive kidney into an uninfected recipient. Treatment options for hepatitis C and potential patient outcomes will be the focus.


Everything New: Diabetes 2018 and Beyond

1.25 CH1.25 Rx

Betsy Dokken, PhD, NP, CDE

What’s new in diabetes management? This session will review current and anticipated guidelines for planning care for patients with diabetes.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (121-124)


Acute Kidney Injury on Top of Chronic Kidney Disease

1.25 CH0.5 Rx

Barbara Odom, BSN, RN, CDN

Learn how to recognize acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with chronic kidney disease. Diagnostic criteria, risk factors, management, and prevention strategies will be discussed.


Mentoring: How to Be One, How to Get One

1.25 CH

Susan Baxley, PhD, RN

This session will provide an overview of mentoring behaviors and skills. Learn how to foster a mentoring relationship from the perspectives of the mentor and mentee.


Analyzing Results of a Kidney Disease Workup

1.25 CH


This session will help clinicians analyze the results of a kidney disease workup, including kidney markers, electrolytes, anemia, bone mineral density, urine analysis and microscopy, and kidney ultrasound and biopsy.


Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney

1.25 CH

Katherine Westreich, MD

This session will provide an overview of congenital anomalies of the kidney, including etiology, diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes.

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Exhibits Open / Reception in Exhibit Hall

Plan your time in the exhibit hall and meet with companies about their products and services. Click here to view the exhibitor listing/floorplan.

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