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Rajneet Atkar, recipient of the CANNT 2011 research Grant.

I graduated from Mount Royal College nursing diploma program in 1993. Following graduation, I worked as a staff nurse in northern B.C., Kitimat General Hospital, for about three years. As a new grad, I had the amazing opportunity to work in all the different areas of the hospital. My love of hemodialysis nursing was sparked in B.C. while working as a home hemodialysis nurse. As I was the only hemodialysis trained nurse in Kitimat, I had to learn very quickly how to work independently. The nearest help for technical or patient issues came from Vancouver via phone!

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In 1996, I moved to Calgary and enrolled in the nursing degree program at the University of Calgary. During this time I also worked as a hemodialysis staff nurse with the Southern Alberta Renal Program. Although I had previous hemodialysis experience I had a huge learning curve; it was very different dialyzing one patient in his or her home compared to dialyzing several patients in the hospital acute care setting. I completed my nursing degree in 1999 and shortly thereafter accepted a Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) position in the Southern Alberta Renal Program. I taught in the acute care unit at Foothills Medical Centre for about six years. In the following five years I held the core instructor position and was able to standardize and structure the nursing orientation process for the renal program. During my time as a CNE I have been involved in several projects such as accreditation, conferences, safety engineered device implementation, and licensed practical nurse and nursing attendant role expansion. Currently, I teach in the community and long-term care hemodialysis programs.

I became interested in research while working on the buttonhole research study with Dr. Jennifer MacRae. I became captivated by the research process, but realized that I needed additional research skills. Therefore, I enrolled in the Master of Nursing Thesis program at the University of Calgary in 2010. I have completed the required courses and will be working on my thesis this year.

The topic for my thesis is "Intradialytic heparin reduction" in chronic hemodialysis patients. Heparin is an integral part of a successful hemodialysis treatment. There is no research evidence currently available related to testing and validation of heparin dosage adjustment algorithms for hemodialysis therapy. My exploratory observational study stems from a randomized clinical trial examining Citrasate. The purpose for the study is to determine the efficacy of a study heparin protocol designed to reduce the heparin cumulative dose and validate the visual observation clotting score currently used in the study heparin protocol through correlation with transonic measurement of Fibre Bundle Volume.

I believe that in order to advance nephrology nursing, research needs to be at the forefront. I would like to thank CANNT for the research bursary in support of my educational goal.

Rajneet Atkar, recipient of the CANNT 2011 Research Grant

By Rajneet Kaur Atkar, RN BN CNeph(C), Clinical Nurse Educator, AB

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Title Annotation:Sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care; Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists
Author:Atkar, Rajneet Kaur
Publication:CANNT Journal
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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