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World Wide Web Links
This collection of links to websites that contain valuable and useful information for individuals working in our profession.

ANNA - American Nephrology Nurses' Association.  This is our national organization website.  From this link you can sign up for membership, explore career opportunities, research educational resources, learn about important legislative issues and network on a national level with thousands of your professional peers.

NNCC Certification - The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission.  Click this link to go to the NNCC Web page containing information about the examinations for Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN), Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN), and Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT).

DOQI Guidelines - The Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative or K/DOQI provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines developed by volunteer physicians and health care providers for all stages of chronic kidney disease and related complications, from diagnosis to monitoring and management.

National Kidney Foundation - The NKF is a major voluntary health organization, seeking to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

NANT - The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) is a nonprofit professional organization founded in 1983. NANT was established to improve the quality of care in the dialysis industry and promote education, recognition through certification and licensing, job security, and employment opportunities for nephrology technicians.

BONENT - Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing & Technology.  See this website for information on technician certification.

MedlinePlus - Brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.  MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions.  MedlinePlus preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles.  MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

American Journal of Nursing - The official journal of the American Nurses Association.  While ANA does directly publish some columns in the journal, it does not have editorial control over the overall content of the journal. ANA currently publishes the following columns in the journal: "Politics of Caring," "Issues Update," and "Health & Safety."

Government Resources
Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention (OSHA)

Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Combined Health Information Database (CHID)

Dialysis Facility Compare  (Medicare)

ECRI (Healthcare Technology Assessments)

End-Stage Renal Disease Networks (ESRD)

ESRD Clinical Performance Measures (CPMs) Project (CMS)

ESRD Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-Enabled Network (CROWN) Program (CMS)

ESRD Core Indicators Project (CMS)

ESRD Information Resource (CMS)

ESRD Network Organizations Background (CMS)

FDA MedWatch (Medicare)

Health Information Publication - Dialysis and Kidneys (Medicare)

Hospital Infections Programs for Dialysis (CDC)

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Renal Dialysis Facility Manual (CMS)

Viral Hepatitis (CDC)

National Kidney Disease Education Program Tools
GFR Calculators - for adults and children

Understanding GFR Fact Sheet - for patients | Adobe PDF (432K)

Frequently Asked Questions About Estimated GFR Values

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

Consult Letter Template - for nephrologists to facilitate communication with PCPs

CKD Quick Reference Card | Adobe PDF (137K)

"Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States"
o PowerPoint Presentation HTML Version - with speaker notes
o PowerPoint Presentation (2.8M) (Right click to save to computer)
o Adobe PDF (1.5M)