Registration Now Open: Network Technician Meeting
This year IPRO ESRD Network of New England will be hosting an educational meeting for technicians in the New England region. The meeting will be one full day with one location option.* This educational meeting will be focused around technicians and will provide continuing education units (CEUs) as well as an opportunity to learn and collaborate with others from the area.
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Click here to register! 
For more information including topics for the day and registration information please visit our website at

*Please note the May 12, 2016 meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts has been cancelled.
Quality Improvement
Free Exam Prep Booklets
Becoming certified just got easier for nurses and technicians who care for nephrology patients. To help these professionals prepare for an exam and reach their goals, the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) has developed a free Certification Preparation Guide booklet for each of the six nephrology credentials it offers.
The prep booklets are PDF documents and can be downloaded at by selecting a specific credential and choosing "Exam Preparation."
The booklets for each of the six NNCC certifications are:
NKF's Spring Clinical Meetings: Registration Now Open!
Registration is now available for the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM16) in Boston, Massachusetts.

SCM16 presents a unique opportunity for busy renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology. It is designed for kidney doctors in the private sector and academia, fellows and residents with a special interest in kidney disease, general internists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, social workers, and renal and clinical dietitians.

Click here for more information about hotel accommodations, meeting agendas, and registration.

National Quality Strategy Stakeholder Toolkit
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) is now five years old. In 2011, this first-of-its-kind national strategy to achieve better health and health-care was published. Since then, organizations of all types have embraced the aims, priorities, and levers of the NQS.
Organizations can now use a special toolkit to showcase their alignment to and support of the NQS in recognition of its five-year anniversary. This toolkit offers additional resources to commemorate this milestone and highlight alignment to the strategy. It contains approved promotional materials, graphics, and web content that organizations can tailor to their specific needs. While the official five-year anniversary of the NQS is in March, we encourage organizations to celebrate this anniversary and share their successes and progress throughout 2016. To download the new toolkit,  click here.

Nephrology Nurses to Gather in Louisville
Nurses seeking to enhance their nephrology practice and make new professional connections will gather during Derby Week for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 47th National Symposium in Louisville, KY.
The meeting, which is a premier education event for the nephrology nursing specialty is slated for May 1-4, 2016, and will be held at the Marriot Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center. Along with a wide variety of education sessions and networking opportunities, the attendees will enjoy the most energized week of the year  in Louisville as well as Derby-inspired special events.
Visit the ANNA Symposium website for more information and to register for this event.
Patient Services
Connect With Us on Facebook
The IPRO ESRD Network Program Facebook page is an interactive community where patients, care partners, and professionals can learn and share information about ESRD.
Check out our most popular posts last month at:
  • March 1, 2016- Woman Donates Kidney to Dad so He Can Walk Her Down the Aisle
  • March 3, 2016- National Social Work Month: Understanding the Role of Your Renal Social Worker
  • March 10, 2016- World Kidney Day: Move Your Feet Campaign
  • March 25, 2016- Kidney Friendly Recipes: Honey Spice- Rubbed Salmon
Network Patient Advisory Committee

The IPRO ESRD Network of New England's Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of ESRD patients, transplant recipients, care partners, and family members. The mission of the PAC is to identify and act upon issues of concern of ESRD patients thereby improving their quality of life. PAC members inform patients about the ESRD Network, provide educational resources, help to promote patient-provider communication, and act as a bridge between the Network and facility.


To nominate a PAC member, please fill out the PAC nomination form and fax it back to the Network at (203) 389-9902.

Data Management
Information about NHSN
At least one individual at your facility must be able to access NHSN via SAMS . This individual should have been assigned appropriate user rights in NHSN to enable entering and viewing of your facility's data.
To ensure your data has been correctly entered into NHSN, please make sure to verify that:
1) your monthly reporting plans are complete,
2) you've entered appropriate summary and event data or checked the appropriate no events boxes, and
3) you've cleared all alerts from your NHSN facility homepage.
For additional guidance on ensuring your data are accurately sent to CMS for Quality Reporting purposes, please visit the CDC website and navigate to the appropriate section(s) for your facility type:

If you have any questions, please contact the NHSN Helpdesk:
Upcoming Meeting & Events
April 27- May 1, 2016- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
May 1- May 4, 2016- ANNA National Symposium, Nephrology Nursing event at the Marriot Louisville & Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.
Thursday, June 2, 2016- Educational Technician Meeting, hosted by IPRO ESRD Network of New England at the Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, NH.

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England, the ESRD Organization for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, prepared this material under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. CMS Contract Number: HHSM-500-2016-00019C.

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