The nephrology nursing track at the Annual Dialysis Conference, directed by Leonor Ponferrada, BSN, RN, offers sessions for the subspecialties of peritoneal and home hemodialysis, as well as for pediatric nursing. This year’s Barbara Prowant Lectureship will be given by Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, an internationally recognized speaker, humorist, health care professional and author who has provided enlightening and entertaining programs. Her topic is, “Igniting evidence-based practice in nursing and health care: Key strategies for success.” She is the dean of the college of nursing and associate vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer at Ohio State University. She is an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice.

(FMCNA to present award to home hemodialysis advocate at Annual Dialysis Conference)

Other programs for nephrology nurses include:

Nurses and Home Hemodialysis

• Patient retention: A key to a successful home program

 Keith Lester, BA, MA

• Making the most of home visits: Key elements

Sylvia Donato-Moore, BSN, RN

• Overcoming the biggest barrier to home hemodialysis: Self-cannulation

Lisa Koester, MSN, RN

• Utilizing technology to monitor patient outcomes

Michelle Carver, BSN, RN

Nursing and health-related program: Clinical Topics

• How patients may be utilized to support other patients: The life plan

Vanessa Evans, BA, MA

• Transition planning for the next modality

Dana Clay

• The spectrum of caregiver responsibilities

Gordon Fullmer, BS

PD Nursing Fundamentals I

• Basic and advanced peritoneal membrane physiology

Steven Guest, MD

• PET and Membrane Classification

Maria Luongo, MSN, RN

Professional issues in nephrology

(Presented in collaboration with the American Nephrology Nurses Association)

The overall goal for this session is to use baseball to illustrate that all nurses can be All-Star players on the health care team.  Like baseball, we never know what outfield the ball may be batted to.  Like baseball, we know that if we are fit for the task we are better able to catch the ball and/or bat the ball for a homerun and help our team achieve success.

Perhaps opening with the question: If you were choosing team members for your team in your organization, who would the best team players? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what other factors would you use to select your team members?

• Transcending health care chaos by playing ball

Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN

• Making your nursing career anything but routine

Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD(c), RN