Atlantic Region Colleen Wile.
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Services)
Trade and professional associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Trade and professional associations (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Pub Date: 10/01/2008
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Oct-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 191331304
Full Text: Corner Brook,

Newfoundland and Labrador

* Staff and patients celebrated Nephrology Day. We had decorations and banners up in the unit. Our manager provided a cake. The CEO and VP of secondary services were in attendance as well as members of our social work and nutrition department.

* Certificates of appreciation were given out to all staff in attendance.

* Christine Chadderton wrote a short history of Renal Care in Western Newfoundland and this will be published in the Western Health newsletter.

* Two staff members obtained their CNeph(C) certification.

* We have had a sad summer as we have lost many of our patients. Our patient population is heavy on the elderly side and it is always sad to lose them.

* Three staff nurses will be attending CANNT in October and are looking forward to this event especially as it is the 40th Anniversary.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

* Received an inservice on "Management of common problems associated with Chronic Renal Failure and concurrent Illness" presented by Dr. David Hirsch of the Halifax Home Dialysis Program.

* Souris Hospital provided some PD respite after some the nursing staff were trained.

* Meetings are underway to address the issue of providing Provincial Respite and Long-Term Care for PD patients.

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

* Six staff members are looking forward to attending the National CANNT symposium.

* Staff members are encouraged to become CANNT members.

* Our vascular access clinic is due to start October 18, 2008, and will be held once a month with options to change depending on the need.

* An evening dinner and presentation by Dr. Tom Hewlett and motivational speaker Charles MacDonald was the setting for Nephrology Health Care Professionals Day on September 17, 2008.

There was a total of 48 people present for the informative and enjoyable evening.

* All staff members are getting ready for accreditation with in services on required organizational practices (ROPs).

* Frontline nurses are being trained throughout the District for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).

* Successful patient education days were held for the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population with an upcoming session for the PD population.

Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

* Evening Education sessions continue approximately bi-monthly. The October session was well attended. The topic was "Chronic Disease Management" presented by Linda Kloosterman.

* Main in-centre hemodialysis unit continues to pursue an exercise program for the dialysis patients and is currently investigating possible bikes to meet the needs of the patients and unit.

* Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have maximized their scope of practice in caring for our stable predictable hemodialysis patients (in-centre). The plan now is to start to expand the role of the LPN in the satellite clinics with the introduction of care for tunneled central venous catheters (CVCs).

* Another successful Nephrology Education Day was held in October to provide staff the opportunity for further nephrology related education

* The transition to the new dialysis machines in the satellites should be completed by the end of December.

* Several staff members are planning to write the Nephrology Certification Exam in April and we wish them all good luck.

* The main in-centre dialysis unit has once again reached capacity and plans are being investigated to find additional space for dialysis treatments.

Moncton, New Brunswick

* Sandra Lagace, Clinical Resource Nurse, has received the CANNT Award of Excellence in Clinical Practice.

* Robert Hache, Senior medical engineering technologist, has received the CANNT Award of Excellence--Technical Practice.

* Home Hemodialysis numbers continue to grow.

* Expansion project for the satellite unit in Miramichi is now completed. New patients are now receiving treatments in their community. In January 2009, the unit will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of operation.

* Ten nurses from the hemodialysis unit are registered for the Nephrology Certification Exam in 2009.

Bathurst, New Brunswick

Nothing new to report at this time

Saint John, New Brunswick

* An evening of celebration was held in recognition of all Nephrology Professionals with a motivational speaker, patient speaker and program review.

* Education session plans are underway.

* The organizing committee for CANNT 2009 is very excited and work is underway for a warm and cozy Atlantic conference. Members are Sherry MacPhee and Faye Clark (chairpersons), Mary Price, Evelyn Magee, Cathy Ehrhardt, Kim Hurley and Michele McDade.

* Staff Accomplishments: Kim Hurley received the SP Handa Excellence in Nephrology Nursing Award.

* I would like to recognize staff's commitment to their co-workers for the coverage offered during the summer months to assure some vacation time was possible.
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