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Letter from the Editor.

As we prepare to convene nationally in Halifax on October 19-21, 2017, we are very mindful of the conference theme: Charting our Course - Setting Sail for the Future. I have been in nephrology nursing for more than 20 years, and I am just as passionate about it now as I was when I started to practise in the 1990s. In charting our course throughout our years of respective practice, we have always looked at innovative ways to enrich our practice and, thus, the lives of our patients. The presentations slated for Halifax look to deliver on this front--they showcase the passion, creativity, and resource-fulness of the great minds working in nephrology practice today.

In the spirit of the above, the CANNT Journal is pleased to lead off this issue with the work by St. George, Whitlum, and Duncan on the effect of blood flow rate on hemodialysis urea clearance, which is an important clinical practice issue in hemodialysis. This highlights the paucity of definitive randomized trials in practice issues in hemodialysis--instead, there tends to be a reliance on a best practices approach. St. George et al. address the issue of whether a faster blood flow rate yields improved clearances in a randomized study. We are also pleased to publish the inspiring work by Michele Ivanouski on her team's journey to provide PD training to nurses in the community. (Of note, Michele's contribution was borne out of a poster presentation in CANNT 2015 in Vancouver for which she was the recipient of the CANNT 2015 Manuscript Award.) We round things off with our continuing education series on the role that sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors, a new class of antihyperglycemic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, plays in the kidneys.

CANNT Journal is always on the lookout for budding and seasoned writers who would like to submit original research papers, relevant clinical articles, innovative quality improvement initiatives, narratives describing the nursing experience, or reviews of articles or books. I echo the message of our indefatigable president-elect (Janice MacKay) of motivating individuals--in the journal's case, I am looking to motivate and cultivate the vast talent that is out there. Perhaps this could be you this time--please do not hesitate to connect with me at or in person in Halifax.

Finally, the Nephrology Healthcare Professionals Day will be held on September 20, 2017. Let us all make a concerted effort to celebrate our collective nephrology team in the way we make a difference in our daily practice and in the lives of our patients.

Jovina Bachynski

Editor, CANNT


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Author:Bachynski, Jovina
Publication:CANNT Journal
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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