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More than 1,000 nephrology nurses with certification in Canada.

We can be proud that there are now more than 1,000 nephrology nurses with Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification--such a program of which to be proud. Through attendance at local supper clubs with guest speakers or attendance at CANNT regional and national symposia, the CNA certification program has prompted us to make certain we have the requisite number of continuing education (CE) hours to renew our certification every five years.

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In this issue of the CANNT Journal, we bring you another excellent CE article. This article will not only help you learn, but at the same time help you obtain more continuing education hours towards certification. The article is entitled "Are Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) and National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF-K/DOQI) mineral metabolism guidelines for hemodialysis patients achievable? Results from a provincial renal program," by Lori Wazny and her colleagues, pharmacists at the Manitoba Renal Program. We hope you will be challenged with the CE questions.

Also in this issue, we have a research study entitled "Predictors of hemodialysis central venous catheter exit-site infections," by Lori Harwood and her colleagues at the London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario. Their important study was assisted by financial support from a CANNT 2005 Research Grant. This is certainly an area worthy of nephrology nursing research, given that so many of our patients on dialysis in Canada do have hemodialysis catheters as their primary access.

In the Pharmacy News and Reviews section, a doctor of pharmacy student, Jodi Symes, has written an excellent review entitled "Low molecular weight heparins in patients with renal insufficiency." Take time out of your busy day to update yourself on the latest research on the use of low molecular weight heparins for prophylaxis and treatment of clotting disorders in patients with impaired kidney function.

To conclude this issue of the CANNT Journal, we are delighted to be able to showcase two exemplary Canadians, nephrologist Dr. Dasgupta from Edmonton and advanced practice nurse Betty Kelman from Toronto. These two were both awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards for their many years of contributions to peritoneal dialysis at the most recent Annual Dialysis Conference, in Orlando, Florida. Enjoy reading about their achievements!
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Title Annotation:Letter from the Editor
Author:Brunier, Gillian
Publication:CANNT Journal
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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