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Letter from the Editor.

Changes are abounding in CANNT and the CANNT Journal. I wish to acknowledge our outgoing regional vice-presidents from technology (Jose Lloyd), Quebec (Nancy Filteau), Ontario (Rosa M. Marticorena) and Western (Rick Luscombe). I have worked alongside Jose, Nancy, and Rick for almost the entire time of their tenure at CANNT, and it has been a wonderful experience. We welcome Marc Heroux (VP Technologists), Patty Quinan (VP Ontario), Jerrica McKinnon (VP Quebec), and Deidra Goodacre (VP Western). In addition, Rosa has come on board as a co-editor at the CANNT Journal. Rosa brings her immense wealth of knowledge in nephrology clinical research and practice to the co-editor role--she will be an immense asset to the editorial team. CANNT is very fortunate to have such committed individuals such as the aforementioned working to advance the agenda of the organization and its members. The editorial team at the CANNT Journal wish the outgoing VPs well--not goodbye, mind you, because one never says goodbye at CANNT. Once we form a connection, we remain connected through time and distance. We shall see you around, Jose, Nancy, and Rick, and welcome aboard, Rosa.

In this issue, in our lead article, The shortage of expert nephrology nurses and patient quality care indicators: A quantitative cross-sectional study, Gaietto and Brooks investigate the impact of expert nephrology nurses on patient quality indicators. Interestingly, anemia and dialysis adequacy were associated with greater nephrology nursing experience, whereas the lower mortality rate was associated with higher level of nursing education. This article is a nod to the overall medical complexity of the individuals we care for. In our CE article, Lau and Battistella discuss the role of potassium binding agents (patiromer and sodium zirconium cycloscilicate) for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Although these agents are approved by Health Canada, they remain novel in practice.

We are preparing once again for the upcoming CANNT symposium in Edmonton (Sharing our stories down by the river) this October. In this year's line-up of plenary and concurrent sessions, as well as poster presentations, the speakers and authors once again showcase the diverse issues that are front and centre in our nephrology practice. Over the years, the program committee for the annual symposium has striven to be inclusive of members' affiliated interests, and this year is no different--there is something for everyone. We tip our hats to this year's program committee for keeping up with this tradition.

See you in Edmonton!


Jovina Bachynski, MN, RN(EC), CNeph(C) Editor-in- Chief, CANNT Journal

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Author:Bachynski, Jovina
Publication:CANNT Journal
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Date:Jul 1, 2019
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