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SIG members collaborate to make Peritoneal Dialysis monograph a reality!

In our basic nursing and psychology classes, we all learned about Maslow's original Hierarchy of Needs--biological and physiological needs, safety needs, belongingness and love, esteem, and self-actualization. After much study, however, Maslow added three other levels. Two occur before self-actualization--the cognitive need to know, understand, and explore and the aesthetic need for symmetry, order, and beauty. One level, self-transcendence, goes a step beyond self actualization. Self-transcendence is the need to connect with something beyond one's ego and to help others find self-fulfillment and realize their potential. This issue of the journal is a great example of a group of ANNA members in self-transcendence!

Origins of the PD Monograph

Almost 2 years ago, I received a call from Maria Luongo on behalf of the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Special Interest Group (SIG). They are a very dedicated and energetic group who believe strongly that PD is an important option in the treatment of end stage renal disease. Having witnessed the decline in the numbers of patients on PD over the years, they recognized that fewer nephrology nurses were experts in the modality, which meant that fewer resources were available for patients. The end result was that PD was less likely to be introduced and championed as a viable option. With a glimmer of hope for the recent renewed emphasis on PD, the Peritoneal Dialysis SIG set out to rectify the deficit, and they have done that in a big way.

On the call, Maria asked whether or not I would consider doing a PD monograph and, if I would, could the PD SIG do it? In the world of nursing journal editors, this is the kind of call you dream of--clinical experts who are willing to share what they know and who want to encourage others to embrace their specialty. I was thrilled!

Producing a monograph of this depth and breadth is no easy task, even for experienced writers and editors. The PD SIG developed topics, solicited authors, and worked together on every aspect of the monograph. They reviewed each others' articles and helped authors improve their manuscripts based on the input from the peer reviewers.

A Wonderful Result!

The result is a wonderful compilation of information on peritoneal dialysis that ranges from the basic concepts of PD to the complexities of PD solutions and the use of tPA in PD catheters. There is information that is applicable to the very beginnings of a patient's information and experience on PD and information to help more-experienced patients on PD maintain active lifestyles through travel. Other articles and contributions address the history of PD, myths (and truths) about PD, outcomes, nutrition, medications, troubleshooting non-infectious issues, the role of the physician, and power in nursing. Whether you are an expert or a novice at PD, you will find something in this issue that you can use.

When the SIG concept began in ANNA over 20 years ago, the goals were to create a way for nephrology nurses to share their knowledge and experience with each other, to identify our clinical experts, and to have those experts lead the various subspecialties in nephrology nursing. This PD SIG has certainly achieved all and more that the SIGs are meant to do. If there's a level beyond self-transcendence, I'm sure they'll be aiming for that next.

Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, CHE Editor
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Title Annotation:From the Editor; American Nephrology Nurses' Association Peritoneal Dialysis Special Interest Group
Author:Ulrich, Beth
Publication:Nephrology Nursing Journal
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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