Caring for the Caretaker: Effective Strategies to Recruit and Maintain Staff in Dialysis

Caring for the Caretaker: Effective Strategies to Recruit and Maintain Staff in Dialysis

Joint Session with Renal Healthcare Association (RHA)


Moderator: Bridget, Pfaff, MS

This session will identify unique challenges in sustaining staff in the acute and outpatient dialysis facilities and recognize strategies on developing competence and confidence in the dialysis workforce.  Presentations will focus on hiring, orientation and training, engagement, and retention strategies.  Additionally, the session will discuss the impact the pandemic has had on mental health as we continue to deal with the aftermath as well as identify coping strategies in dealing with future disasters.


  • Overview: Staffing Strategies in Dialysis – How to Hire and Get the Right People to Stay – Maria Regnier, MS, RN
  • Dialysis Staffing Strategies for Outpatient, Acute and Home Dialysis Facilities – Bridget Pfaff, MS
  • Navigating Staffing for Small and Rural Providers – Lynn Riesenberg
  • Impact of the Pandemic and Strategies to Support the Mental Health of Staff in Dialysis – Julie Williams, BSA

Home Dialysis

Home Dialysis

9:00 am-11:00 am

9:00     Welcome – Leonor Ponferrada, BSN, RN, CNN

Moderator: Martin Schreiber, MD

9:10     Why Home Dialysis? – Eric Weinhandl, PhD

9:40     Challenges and Obstacles in Home Dialysis – Martin Wilkie, MD

10:10    Value-based Care Supporting Patients for Home Dialysis and Transplant – Bijal Patel, MD

10:45    Discussion

11:00    Break

How Successful are Transitional Units?


Moderators:  Prayus Tailor, MD and Brendan Bowman, MD

10:00    Introduction – Prayus Tailor- MD

10:05    Transitional Dialysis: What Is It and Why Do We Need It? – A Physician and Patient Experience

The History and Future of Transitional Care Dialysis – Brendan Bowman, MD

A Patient Experience Without Transitional Care – Vanessa Evans

A Patient Experience with Transitional Care – Chelsea Roman

10:25    How to Start a Transitional Care Unit: Practical and Financial Considerations

Transitional Care Unit Models and Sample Curricula – Stacy Cigliana, RN

Operational and Financial Considerations of Transitional Care Dialysis – Suzanne Pryzbyla, MBA

10:45    Transitional Care Unit Outcomes: What Do We Know and Which Ones Matter?

A Review of the Current Literature = Brendan Bowman, MD

Outcomes from Our Experience – Brendan Bowman, MD and Prayus Tailor, MD

Suggestions for Future Research (PROM’s, Clinical and Value-based Measures – Prayus Tailor, MD

11:05    The Role of TCU Value-based Payment Model – Brendan Bowman, MD

11:20    Panel Discussion – Prayus Tailor, MD, Brendan Bowman, MD, Stacy Cigliana, RN, Suzanne Pryzbyla, MBA, Vanessa Evans, Chelsea Roman

12:00    Break

Nursing Breakout Ill (RN and APPs) 

Nursing Breakout Ill (RN and APPs)

10:00-12:00 pm

Moderators: Rachel Galimberti, BSN, RN and Amy Nau, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC

10:00    Renal Education Series for Hospital Staff: (Various Programs Presenting Best Practices in Providing Education, Training and Maintaining Competency for In-patient Staff)

    • Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Nephrology Program – Lonisa McCabe, BSN, RN, CNN
    • Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital Dialysis Program – Jennifer Spies, BSN, RN, CPN
    • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Nephrology Program – Amanda Scott, BSN, RN, CPN

11:00    Collaborating in Providing Palliative Care: When to Refer?  – Jared Rubenstein, MD and Gina Santucci, MSN, FNP, APN-BC

12:00   Break

Session 7 – Hot Topics

Session 7 – Hot Topics 

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Moderators: Franz Schafer, MD and Rebecca Ruebner, MD

10:00    Oral Stimulation of Erythropoiesis by HIF-PHI Inhibitors: From Mechanism of Action to Latest Clinical Trial Results – Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD. FAAP

10:40    Update on COVID-19 in Children –  Rebecca Same, MD

11:20    Consequences of the New RNA Therapies for Dialysis and Transplantation Strategies in Primary Hyperoxaluria – J.W. Groothoff, MD

11:50    Discussion

12:00    Break

An Update on AKI 

10:00-12:00 pm

An Update on AKI 

Moderator: Anita Vijayan, MD

10:00  AKI in Covid 19- Where do we Stand? – Paul M Palevsky, MD, FASN

10:30    Anticoagulation Strategies in CRRT for Covid 19 Patients – Frank Liu

11:00    Extracorporeal Support for Patients with Acute on Chronic Liver Failure – Andrew Davenport, MD

11:30    Fluid and Drug Management in AKI: What Are the Controversies? – Marlies Ostermann

12:00  Break

Session 1

9:55 am Welcome – Steven Alexander, MD 

Session 1

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Moderator: Bradley Warady, MD and Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN-NP, RN

10:00    Peritoneal and Vascular Access – Mary Brandt, MD

10:30    Physiology of Blood Purification – Jordan Symons, MD

11:00    PD Prescription & Adequacy Monitoring – Annabelle Chua, MD

11:30    HD Prescription & Adequacy Monitoring – Cherry Mammen, MD

12:00    Break

General Session – Keynote Presentations 

General Session – Keynote Presentations

9:45 am-12:00 pm

9:45      Welcome – Ramesh Khanna, MD, ADC Conference Chair

Moderators: Brad Warady, MD and Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN-NP, RN

10:00    The Life Saving Art and Science of Effective Communication – Rachel Callander: Author, Inspirational Speaker, Artist, Photographer

10:50    Q & A

11:00    Preventing the Next Pandemic – Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

11:50    Q & A

12:00    Break

Session 1 Practical Implementation of Kidney Health Initiative (KHI): Facility and Staff Optimization

Session 1          Practical Implementation of Kidney Health Initiative (KHI):  Facility and Staff Optimization

10 AM- 12 PM

Moderators:  Jenny Shen, MD and Joel Glickman, MD

10:00    NAC President Welcome Remarks – Thomas Golper, MD

10:20    Anatomy of a Home Dialysis Practice in the AAKHI Era – Leslie Wong, MD

10:45    Enhancing Nephrology Fellow Education in a Low Volume PD Program – Shweta Bansal. MD

11:10    Nurse Education and Clinical Support in a Low Volume PD Program – Joanna Neumann, RN

11:35    Optimizing Nursing in Busy PD Program – Lori June, RN

12:00    Break