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Terra Townsend, recipient of the certification/recertification bursary, western region.

I recently attended the CANNT conference in Calgary, Alberta, from October 20-22, 2011. This was my first time attending a CANNT nephrology conference and the experience has greatly enhanced my practice.

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I recently obtained my Canadian Nurses Association Certification in nephrology nursing. Attending the conference has allowed me to obtain the education hours that I needed in order to maintain my nephrology certification. Maintaining this certification will benefit me professionally with my nursing position in Northern Alberta Renal Program (NARP).

As an RN working in a satellite dialysis unit, I have limited access to support services such as the nephrologists, dietitian, and access nurses. Most patient concerns are addressed via telephone or email. The support services rely on the RN's assessment skills and knowledge base when dealing with patient concerns. Attending the CANNT conference has increased my nephrology nursing knowledge, which has assisted me in caring for my patients.

I have prepared a binder for my coworkers that includes all of the information I collected during CANNT 2011. This includes the PowerPoint presentation handouts, as well as information pamphlets that I collected. I felt this was the best way to share the information with my coworkers. I truly enjoyed this conference and I thank the NARP trust fund committee for making it possible for me to attend.

By Terra Townsend, RN, CNeph(C), Alberta Health Services, AB

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Title Annotation:Sponsored by CANNT
Author:Townsend, Terra
Publication:CANNT Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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