Sunday, September 23

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast / Symposium (pending)

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Exhibits Open

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

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Ultrafiltration: The Good and the Bad

1.5 CH

Sue Cary, MN, RN, ANP-BC, CNN

What is ultrafiltration? What is the nurse’s role? What do nurses need to assess in patients? All these questions and more will be addressed during this session.


Home Hemodialysis: Patient-Centered Dialysis While Maintaining Safety and Efficacy

1.5 CH

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

This session will provide an overview of home hemodialysis modalities, including treatment benefits, potential safety concerns, and considerations when receiving assistance from a care partner versus self-treatment.


Heart of the Matter: Cardiac/Kidney Connections

1.5 CH1.5 Rx

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

This session will assist clinicians in managing cardiac complications in patients with kidney disease. Heart failure, cardiorenal failure, secondary hypertension, and interpretation of echocardiograms will be covered.


Building a Repository of Patient Education Resources

1.5 CH

Marijo Johnson, BSN, RN, CNN

Learn more about available resources for patient education and how to select the appropriate education resource to meet the needs of each patient.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Exhibits Open

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

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch / Non-CE Product Theater (Sponsored by Amgen)

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Preserving Kidney Function

1.0 CH

Nellie Cauley, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC

A goal for all patients – across the lifespan and across the disease continuum – is to preserve kidney function for as long as possible. Learn more about methods to achieve this goal.


Dealing with Your Own Emotions

1.0 CH

Carrie King, PhD, LPC, NCC, PSC

Learn how to identify resources to help nurses effectively manage the emotional impact of patient care and methods to develop resiliency.


Hospital U-Turns: Preventing Rehospitalizations

1.0 CH

Jodi Conti, BSN, RN

This session will focus on strategies to prevent frequent rehospitalizations in patients with kidney disease. Transition care planning, medication reconciliation, care coordination, and the nurse’s role in daily assessments and post hospitalization will be addressed.


The Complicated Access: Assessment, Evaluation, and Treatment Strategies

1.0 CH

Dean Preddie, MD

Develop strategies for managing a patient with a complicated access, including assessment, evaluation, and treatment options.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-244)


Peritoneal Dialysis: Assessment and Management for Increased Longevity

1.0 CH1.0 Rx

Rhonda Duggan, BSN, RN, CCTC

This session will focus on assessing and managing the peritoneal dialysis patient across the lifespan and disease continuum. Special considerations for patients with diabetes, decreased residual renal function, and obesity as well as potential infectious and noninfectious complications will be discussed.


Reducing Staff Fatigue and Burnout

1.0 CH

Valerie Lee, DNP, MSN, RN

This session will address work practices that contribute to staff fatigue and the impact of burnout on patient safety and quality of care. Strategies to reduce staff fatigue/burnout also will be shared.


Recurrent Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis in Post-Transplant Patients (Pediatrics and Adults)

1.0 CH0.5 Rx

Jodi Conti, BSN, RN Lynn McCoy RN, CNN

Review the risk factors, clinical presentation, treatment options, and prognosis for children and adults with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.


Why Do I Care What My Patient Thinks? The Impact of HCAHPS

1.0 CH

Felicia Speed, LMSW

Learn more about the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), how the instrument measures patient perceptions of care, and the implications for reimbursement of patient care.

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